Easily upcycle a cardboard box into a beautiful storage box with this simple tutorial.
I don’t know about you, but our recycling bin is constantly overflowing with cardboard boxes. Between Amazon boxes and diaper boxes, we seem to have a never-ending supply.
Since I am always on the lookout for cute storage containers, I decided to see if there was a way to easily turn those ugly old cardboard boxes into cute storage bins. And I think I hit it out of the park.
But I have to confess I had a few misses first. I tried to use my favorite wood plank scrapbook paper and metal tape for an industrial look – but it was way too complicated and time-consuming.
So I scrapped that and pulled out some ‘chalkboard’ paper. But it really just looked exactly like an old cardboard box wrapped in black wrapping paper. Womp-womp.
Luckily, the third attempt was a winner. I used wrapping paper again, but this time I went with a thick, wrapping paper printed to look like birch bark.
After cutting the flaps off the box, I basically just wrapped it like a present. Not bad at all, but it needed a little something.
I found some metal label holders in my hardware stash and knew they would be perfect. Since I was attaching them to cardboard instead of wood, I simply used a strong glue to glue them right to the side of the wrapped box.
Lastly, I slipped a small piece of black paper into the label holder to make a ‘chalkboard’ label and that was it.
If I just saw this sitting on a shelf, there is no way I would think it was actually a humble diaper box. And I love that I can make as many as I need with just one roll of wrapping paper.
And it fits perfectly in my Ikea Billy bookcase shelves. It was meant to be!
I’ve also gathered up a whole collection of budget-friendly DIY storage boxes, if you want more inspiration!
And because this isn’t my first time creating inexpensive décor from this wrapping paper, you’re going to want to see these projects as well.
How to turn any cardboard box into beautiful storage
Turn those ugly old cardboard boxes into cute storage bins with just a few supplies. It's a budget-friendly way to add extra storage to your home.
- Cardboard Box
- Metal label holders
- Strong Glue
- Wrapping Paper
- Black Paper
- Cut the flaps off the box so the top is open.
- Wrap the box with wrapping paper like a present.
- Glue the metal tags to the side of the wrapped box.
- Add a small piece of black paper into the label holder.
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Isn’t that clever. I could find a box to fit hard to fit areas easier than finding a basket, then make it just to the style I want.
Vanessa Hunt says
I LOVE this!!! It looks so awesome and I’m totally going to be copying this idea!
Thanks Vanessa – I was so happy with how it turned out!
[email protected] says
fabulous! filing this idea away for whenever my shelves for my den are finally finished :)
Thanks Gretchen. That is exactly what I was thinking too. Buying a basket or bin is no big deal, but buying enough to line a shelf can be a budget breaker!
Mary - The Boondocks Blog says
Carrie I found the same exact paper at TJ Maxx. And I was so happy with the quality I used it as a backdrop of a bookcase makeover! It works wonders on any project.
So glad you got some too Mary! It really is high quality and I bet it looks awesome on your bookcase!
Is that where you got the birch bark wrapping paper? I realize it’s been quite a while now but I absolutely love it! I’m having a hard time finding something similar though. Should you find it or something very close, would you let me know?
I got my birch wrapping paper at TJMaxx. I have also seen it at Marshalls and HomeGoods but you just have to catch it at the right time. I just did a quick search online and didn’t come up with any good options – if I do find anything, I’ll update you!
Zografia / Bisozozo says
Beautiful look! Great job! I think the lamp you have also made is stunning!
Thank you! I love that lamp too!
Linda at Mixed Kreations says
What a great idea for some pretty storage! It looks great. Love the paper, and the lamp shade turned out so pretty too!
Thank you so much Linda!
Michele @ Thistledown Domestic Creations says
These are fantastic, Carrie! I have some of the birch wrapping paper left from when I decoupaged a dresser with it! You just gave me tons of great ideas! Thanks so much!
Oh good! That birch wrapping paper is seriously the best!
So cute and stylish with oh so many possibilities. You have really inspired a lot of ideas. I bet your “diaper” box is the perfect size to fit inside a milk crate. I. Can. Not. Wait. To try this.
Thank you Kelli! There really are so many possibilities!
Do you think the paper shade is a fire hazard?
Good question, I think it is fine since it is covering the existing lampshade.