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Make "Baskets" Out of Cardboard Boxes

Necessity is the mother of invention, as my mom used to say. I couldn't find the right size baskets to fit on a couple of shelves in my daughter's room, so I covered a wine box and a shoe(boot)box with 4 ply jute twine.

To see more: http://diydesignfanatic.blogspot.com/2012/08/baskets-made-from-cardboard-boxes.html

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  • What is the cloth material that you used?
    Melissa Melissa Wichita, KS · asked on Mar 18, 2017
    • She said ....Drop cloth
    • I missed it too and appreciated your question. I had the same one. Thanks for posting!
    • I also read the article and the question was what kind of fabric was used. There is no fabric called drop cloth. The fabric appears to be denim, heavy cotton or duck cloth. A drop cloth can be any cloth you use to protect floors or furniture while painting or sanding something. It could be any fabric including a piece of plastic.
    • I made the liner out of a canvas drop cloth from Lowes Home Improvement. I'm not sure what kind of fabric that would be, other than cotton. Sorry for the confusion.
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    • Yes, every row. It takes a long time! Use a popsicle stick so you don't burn your hands on the hot glue.
    • You are very creative. What a great idea. You did a wonderful job. They look great!
    • When working with hot glue always have a cup of ice water handy. You will be glad you did.
    • I thought it was very clever of you to use a dropcloth.
      I would’ve gone to a fabric store, paid a lot more for muslin fabric!
      I use shoeboxes, baskets, plastic totes, everything in my craft room.
      But the boxes are way better looking the way you did it.
      Clair Clair  San Francisco, CA · answered on Nov 26, 2017 ·
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    • It's less than the cost of one ball of strings
    • Walmart has jute for less than $4 a roll.
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  • what kind of rope
    • She mentioned jute...you can find it in a home improvement store...craft store....Walmart etc.
    • You can find larger Jute For big things like the Box and to wrap Big Planter Pots for Decoration's outside in.. Hardware Store's.. And you can get them in BIG SPOOLS!! Hope this helps!!
    • I just did a quick calculation for a 15x12x10.5 banker box. 54 inch circumference. With 4 ply jute, 10 rows equals 2.25 inches. 10.5 inch height requires about 47 rows, 211.5 ft. of rope. Walmart sells 135 ft. 4 ply roll for $10.68. Rope expense, about $17. Use the extra jute to repair your cat scratch tower!
      Nancy Nancy  Geneva, NY · answered on Jan 28, 2017 ·
    • Great job I love the look of baskets for storage. It seems to go with any type of decor and of course you could use different material for the inside. 👏🏼
      Tinalyn Tinalyn  Las Vegas, NV · answered on Mar 7, 2017 ·
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    • @chandra, Go to the link above. It gives all the details.
    • She said in the post "jute string" but my guess is you could use many different types of cord or rope. It might even be fun to use different colors like white cotton cord with jute to create stripes.
      Rhonda S Rhonda S  Andrews, TX · answered on Jul 23, 2016 ·
    • ribbon would also be a great idea! Now I no what to do with boxes. thanks
      Maria Maria  Canfield, OH · answered on Sep 3, 2016 ·
    • Great idea, and beautiful storage! I bet my cats would love these with a pillow inside! They love boxes and and cat beds are expensive!
    • Hey also can use old bamboo blinds or fencing the thin kind .. it's inexpensive and cut the sheets of it and then use some material for the boarder ! Omg this rocks thanks ! I'm disabled and I make zero money and these are so cute and I have tons of amazon boxes ! The box milk bones came in would Be perfect ! The amazon box not the milkbones ? Well maybe hehe thank you !
      Nico Nico  Huntington Beach, CA · answered on Nov 15, 2016 ·
    • U could also use fabric too ... and glue it to the boxes ... or contact Paper ! But I love these !
      Nico Nico  Huntington Beach, CA · answered on Nov 15, 2016 ·
    • Great idea Nico!
    • You can find larger Jute For big things like the Box and to wrap Big Planter Pots for Decoration's outside in.. Hardware Store's.. And you can get them in BIG SPOOLS!! Hope this helps!! Connie Chappell Connie Chappell Valley Springs, CA·answered Just now·
    • Is the jewelry board above covered cork or 1/4" plywood? How have you hung on wall-two sawtooth hangers?
    • @teech2pla, you can either use cardboard or cork on plywood. They are hung on the wall using eyehooks and wire screwed into the back.
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    • No, the box is still uncovered cardboard.
    • It looks as if the inside of the box is lined. I believe that is what the previous question was about...if you did the lining first on the inside or the twine on the outside.
      Pat Hayes Pat Hayes  Knoxville, TN · answered on Apr 23, 2016 ·
    • I think the outside of the box is completely covered with twine/rope and that there is a removable liner that comes over that. hope that makes sense,
    • The liner is separate and was sewn after the twine was glued on.
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    • The spray kind of glue is likely to create a layer too sheer to hold thick twine, but maybe if you use knitting yarn instead, it will hold that. Still, regular liquid craft glue would probably be better. The problem is cardboard really absorbs glue, unless it has a glossy finish, that's why a hot glue gun works better. If you use some other kind of glue, you have to apply plenty, and it's messy anyway.
      Natalie Natalie  Ukraine · answered on Feb 17, 2016 ·
    • The heavier, thicker glue they call "Tacky Glue" will hold better than regular glue and the twine won't slip. I read a tip about when using hot glue, press the twine in place using a plastic spatula so your won't burn your fingers. Also, make a tiny, narrow bead of glue rather than globbing a bunch on.
      Liz Liz  Foothill Ranch, CA · answered on Mar 16, 2016 ·
    • I love this idea, & have been using boxes for some storage for decades. I like the idea of using twine or yarn, or decorating the boxes to make them look like expensive storage boxes in stores. I'm all about finding inexpensive storage, except when the area of storage is subject to humidity or other types of climate that might cause molds or mildew to grow. There are a few storage bins on the market that are waterproof, with an extra seal around the closure which seems like it would prevent the growing of mold or mildew inside them. These are a bit pricey, but might be worth the extra money if you have expensive items or senti- mental items which can't be replaced. I found mine at the super big store in our suburban neighborhood, for around the $15.00 range for clear bins, & bought 6 to get started with storage items for the garage. I am believing they'll be worth the splurge! 😎
    • Goop is a thicker glue that's in a tube and will hold the twine better than other, thinner glues that are out there. You can spray the inside and outside of the box, prior to adding the lining, with an epoxy or polyurethane finish to make it less subject to retaining moisture and possible molding. Maybe lining it with burlap in lieu of a light material would also help it retain a nicer, cleaner appearance. Just a thought.
      Ann Ann  Fredericksburg, VA · answered on May 12, 2016 ·
    • When I started using rope and twine to cover items, I used good old Elmer's glue. I made a cute set of canisters out of coffee cans, since they come in so many different sizes. Also used the Elmer's to coat them.
      Pat Pat  American Canyon, CA · answered on Jun 28, 2016 ·
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  • How was the lining done?
    • @Karen Stark The tutorial for how to make a liner for a basket can be found here: http://www.diydesignfanatic.com/2014/08/how-to-make-basket-liner.html
    • @Diy Design Fanatic Thank you.
    • I'm not a sewer, I'm thinking line it with patterned contact paper!
    • Patterned contact paper is so easy and they have really pretty patterns, now.
      Liz Liz  Foothill Ranch, CA · answered on Mar 16, 2016 ·
    • Would spray paint work for the interior, or is cardboard so pourous it would take too many coats? Just asking...
    • I've used spray paint on cardboard in many projects. I asked my husband (the REAL talent) and he said nothing should be necessary to prime the cardboard.
      Jenni Jenni  Omaha, NE · answered on Apr 1, 2016 ·
    • These r wonderful looking and environmental! I spray paint all kind tpes of boxes but I love this!!!!
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    • It says she made a liner from drop cloth to line the inside.
      Cmackay1 Cmackay1  Andover, MA · answered on Dec 29, 2015 ·
    • @Ruth Swisher CMackay1 is correct...It's a dropcloth liner.
    • What is a dropcloth?
    • @Clarestoloff , a canvas dropcloth is something you put on the floor when you paint. http://www.lowes.com/pd_631592-962-K-CD3700-PRO___?productId=50286209&pl=1&Ntt=canvas+drop+cloth
    • In England we call them dust sheets.
    • I once thought about using a drop cloth to make a slip cover for summer times for our sofa, but was thinking it might be too heavy of a fabric to sew w/out a heavy duty sewing machine. The price is good for such a large piece of fabric, & it would be tough & rugged enough to be washed repeatedly. It could also be dyed to a different color than white. Tye-dyed stuff was very hip back in the day of the cool people known as the Hippies, so very groovy, Man, lol! What about fabric paints as another idea for decorating the plain white denim fabric? Brainstorming here, that's all for now. 😎
    • I would lightly paint the inside using an acrylic paint and brush. I also liked the idea of using contact paper.
      Jenni Jenni  Omaha, NE · answered on Apr 1, 2016 ·
    • I've just completed a cardboard/basket with a liner made from an old pillowcase. Just cut it off a few inches longer than the box - resew along the cut and when you fold over the already hemmed end you have a finished liner - of course this only works for a basket/box that fits the pillow case - but hey - mine was just perfect.
      LeiLani LeiLani  Canada · answered on Apr 6, 2016 ·
    • i like the pillow case idea but I can not wrap my head around how to make that happen.
    • What about using wallpapers or scrapbook paper for the lining
    • What about using wallpapers or scrapbook paper for the lining
    • Wherever something works for you but this one is perfect and more professional looking, don't you agree?
    • I have not done this yet, but I would try an old tee shirt as a liner depending on the size of the box. You could use all sizes from infant to men's extra large. I would turn tee shirt inside out, taking it by the hem, placing neck of tee shirt in the box and stretching the bottom of the tee shirt over the edges of the box and folding down as shown in original photo. If you have excess shirt around the box simply scrunch it so it gathers or scheers. The inside of box will have an arm hole on either side and a neck hole at the bottom. If your not choosy about how the inside is finished you should be able to tuck the sleeves inside so they aren't hanging in the box.. You could remove sleeves and stitch holes..and neck closed. You might be able to cut off the top of shirt under the arms and sew it closed. You could tuck in sleeves and take a piece of cardboard that would fit into the bottom of the box and cover it with contact paper, wallpaper or even cloth covering the neck opening. Just a thought for those who have the vision. Tee shirt material stretches so should work.
      Barbara Barbara  Cumming, GA · answered on Jul 27, 2016 ·
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  • Lisa I
    Lisa I Woodcliff Lake, NJ
    on Aug 29, 2012

    Wow, these totally fooled me! They really look like the real thing! Quick question - what did you use as the lining that folds over the top there?

    • Barbara Baldwin
      Barbara Baldwin
      on Dec 2, 2017

      I just came back from Fred Meyers. Looking for storage bins. The ones comparable to these bins were in the $14 - $18 range...each

  • Desert Domicile
    Desert Domicile Beverly Hills, CA
    on Aug 29, 2012

    Amazing! I love the patterned jewelry displays too! Did you make those as well?

  • Z
    on Aug 29, 2012

    Oh my gosh, two answers have I found on Hometalk today! I have a hall bench that I've been searching and searching for the right size basket to fit underneath to no avail. I've thought about making wooden ones, but really wanted baskets. If I can't find the right size cardboard box I can make one easy enough and then cover it with the huge roll of jute I've had since the seventies! I know, but now I can tell my hubby, "see I told you I'd need it someday!" Ü

  • Jennifer Pacheco
    Jennifer Pacheco Abilene, TX
    on Aug 29, 2012

    How creative! Great job:D

  • Diy Design Fanatic
    Diy Design Fanatic Charlotte, NC
    on Aug 29, 2012

    Lisa, I used a dropcloth for the liner. It was leftover from another project.

  • Dionne W
    Dionne W Blue Springs, MO
    on Aug 30, 2012

    I am so going to try this.

  • ViewAlongTheWay
    ViewAlongTheWay Marietta, GA
    on Aug 30, 2012

    OMG! This is SO brilliant!! Even knowing they're twine-wrapped cardboard boxes, they STILL look like legit baskets to me. :) Great job!

  • Beckie @ Infarrantly Creative
    Beckie @ Infarrantly Creative Greenwood, IN
    on Aug 30, 2012

    Dude aren't baskets so difficult to find when you need them the right size. I love this idea.

  • Talithagrace K
    Talithagrace K Eden, NC
    on Aug 30, 2012

    I got boxes, I got twine, I got to get to making baskets for my sewing room. This is great! Thanks for sharing.

  • Marilee H
    Marilee H
    on Aug 30, 2012

    What a good idea! Thaks for sharing.

  • Lisa M
    Lisa M Syracuse, NY
    on Aug 30, 2012

    Wow- what a great idea! They look fantastic- thanks for sharing!

  • Annette K
    Annette K Moore, SC
    on Aug 30, 2012

    This is a great idea! I need to get busy. Thanks for sharing!

  • Jan O
    Jan O Clancy, MT
    on Aug 30, 2012

    Awesome idea !

  • Paticia G
    Paticia G Clermont, FL
    on Aug 30, 2012

    Awesome and you have the patience of a saint to wrap and glue So very creative

  • Jan M
    Jan M Noble, OK
    on Aug 30, 2012

    What a great idea!! I never would have thought of this!!!

  • Laurie
    Laurie Memphis, TN
    on Aug 30, 2012

    So clever, and they look great!

  • Bernadette M
    Bernadette M Snoqualmie, WA
    on Aug 30, 2012

    This, is awesome. Clever beyond words.

  • Rose
    Rose Hattiesburg, MS
    on Aug 30, 2012

    LOVE this idea! I was going to cover milk crates someone gave me but I like this idea much better for my sewing room! Thank you for sharing!!! GOOD IDEA! And I have a huge roll of jute I bought for tying up my tomatoes last year to! :)

  • Sheryll S
    Sheryll S Jacksonville, FL
    on Aug 30, 2012

    I plan to do this as well. All the ones I have found are too expensive in the first place. I have even covered lamps with jute and they look wonderful. I don't have them now, years ago before my move, but I loved them.

  • Eclectically Vintage - Kelly
    Eclectically Vintage - Kelly New York, NY
    on Aug 30, 2012

    I so need to do this!

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