Remember those vintage inspired pallet wood crates? They really showed us the huge difference a simple storage box can make. Truly a long-lasting and effective way to get rid of clutter!
Today’s project is even easier: how to up-cycle cardboard boxes into beautiful instant storage boxes! These boxes are perfect for organizing a pantry, cleaning supplies or craft materials. And they are super easy to make!
Materials and tools:
- cardboard boxes of any sizes you need
- fabric, such as burlap used for gardening , or from your local coffee shop
- hot glue gun and glue sticks, and / or regular Elmer’s glue
- for the decorative stencils: acrylic paints or craft paints, Scotch tape, duck tape
First cut the lids off a box or push them inside against the 4 sides.
As you can see in the images below, there are different ways to attach the fabric to the storage box which will decide how wide to cut the burlap.
We can fold the burlap over the top edges, then line the inside with more cardboard for a finished look, or, use a finished edge of the burlap as the top edge, and not fold it over.
Cut a strip of burlap wider than the sides of the box, and glue it to the first side panel using glue or hot glue. Press and smooth out the fabric before starting on the next side.
Tip: decide which side is likely to face back, and located the overlapping fabric ends on that side.
Rotate the box as you apply glue to each side. Some clips can be helpful to hold the burlap in place as you glue.
After the 4 side are glued in place, finish by snipping the burlap where the corner turns, fold and glue the edges to the bottom. This is easier with hot glue. I made a mess with regular glue, then realized it!
Once the glue dries, we can start stenciling.
I love simple stripes, so I made one with the tape running horizontally, and another one vertically.
There are so many ways to use this Scotch tape method: layer the stripes, go diagonally, or create a checker pattern…. The tape can be reused a couple of times too!
If we use a wide tape such asduck tape, we can create even more stencil patterns, such as triangles on this storage box below!
And here’s what the bottom looks like-
Time to use them! This year we are going to put all out pantry items, cleaning supplies and many other things into beautiful storage boxes, so more of these to come!
For more organizing or storage box ideas, check out these vintage inspired pallet wooden crates-
Love coffee bean bags? This burlap ottoman is made from one of those!
Happy creating! xo