Wednesday, August 4

Re-purposed Boxes

I believe that you can never have to many storage boxes, especially for the kids stuff. I have boxes with clothes to grow in to, clothes they have grown out of, keepsake stuff, things to donate, and so many more. I have some friends that generously pass on their baby clothes for Taylor and I have been just stacking them in his closet until he grows into them. Well I'm am in the process of trying to get myself a bit more organized and so I wanted to store them in boxes grouped by size. I had a few diaper boxes and decided to make my own instead of buying any. I covered the outside of the boxes with some old material I had out in the garage. All you need to make your own is a box, enough material to cover the outside of your box, scissors, and a hot glue gun. 
I started out by cutting out my pieces of material. I used my box as my template by laying it on the material and cutting around it, making it a few inches longer on all sides.
Once my 4 pieces were cut, I placed the box on its side and worked on the long sides first. Laying the material over the side you are working on, center it where you want it, and glued the sides down first, wrapping them around the front and back of your box.
I made sure to glue them nice and tight so that it would have a smooth surface.
Once the sides are secure fold the bottom and top down like you would a present and glue in place.
For the front and back of the box I wanted it to look like it had finished edges. I folded them under on both sides so that they were the same length of the box and and glued them into place.
It makes it appear as if you sewed it together. Then I folded the top over and glued it down and folded the bottom under and glued it down.
You could be done at this point but I choose to add a hand hold on one side so that it would be easier to pull down from a high shelf. I created my hand hold where there originally was one on the box by cutting a T the length and height of the hole and then folding in in and securing it to the inside with my glue.
Now I have 2 new storage boxes that match the colors of his room, kept another thing out of our landfills and they keep me a little more organized, yeah!


  1. so cute amy!!! love it!! i cant wait to have kids to do all this stuff hahahahha

  2. Great idea Amy, you're so creative!

  3. I love this! I knew I was saving those boxes for a good reason...



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