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.
- 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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