Diaper Box Make Over
I love storage bins! But I hate the price tag on them when I feel like I need 10 in every room of the house to keep our stuff organized. We have a long shelf above the door in our mudroom leading out to the garage that is a perfect “stuff collector” So many things that don’t have a home get thrown up there…soccer stuff, umbrellas, paints for crafting, totes, the list goes on and on. It typically looks something like this…
This is the main entrance we use for our house both for ourselves as well as our guests so I hate to constantly feel like I am walking into a cluttered mess. A few weeks ago I was at my breaking point with all of the clutter and knew I had to do something about it! I started looking around for some boxes I could put some of this stuff in when I realized that I had so many diaper boxes around the house that were all about the same size.
I got to thinking that the spray adhesive I have been using on lots of other projects along with my insane amount of fabric could give these boxes a brand new look and let them be both cute and functional with a zero dollar price tag! The spray adhesive is one I bought at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon to originally make these. Would you believe that was originally a plastic coupon organizer from the dollar spot at Target?! I’m still perfecting those so many there will be a tutorial down the road once I get some good instructions down. All I did for the boxes was cut some fabric about 2″ longer than the entire measurment around the box and about 4″ taller. On one fabric I only had enough for about half an inch overhang so I will show how I did both. To start I simply stapled the fabric along one edge like this.
Then I took the box outside and laid the fabric flat. I sprayed one section at a time roughly the length of each side of the box. Laid the box on the fabric and pressed firmly smoothing any wrinkles as I went. So basically I just rolled the box around the fabric one side at a time. I folded down each side on the bottom as I went on my fabric that was cut longer than the box like which ended up looking like this. On my fabric that I did not have any over hang I serged the edges before starting to keep any fraying from happening (optional) and just stapled the edges at the end.
As I went I made sure my fabric was smooth and the design of the fabric stayed straight. When I got to the end I tucked under the edge and sprayed it in place. I added a few strategic staples to keep it all together. I went back along the top and folded it down and stapled everything in place. The cardboard was not very hard so I was able to use a basic household stapler. You could make your fabric cover as much of the inside as you want. My boxes are going very high up so no one will really be looking into them so I just left 1/2 an inch to 2 inches depending on how much fabric I had. One of my fabrics was white so I wrapped the box in my kids drawing paper first to help keep it from showing through. I couldn’t believe how perfectly the pattern matched up on this box! Here they are all together.
It definitely gave our mudroom a whole new look! It is amazing how much something so small can really affect my mood. Now when I walk in I feel peaceful and welcome instead of overwhelmed with a feeling of clutter and a need to clean 🙂
Some other ideas if you do not have fabric would be to look for a piece big enough in the remnant spot at your local fabric store, use a fun wrapping paper, or let your kids decorate a peice of their craft paper and then use it to cover a box to store things in their own room. Also I used diaper boxes because it was what I had lying around, but any box would do. I would love to hear from you or see pictures if you decide to try it out!
Diaper Box Make Over