How to Craft Chic Containers: Decorating Plastic Storage Bins

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30 Minutes

Looking to decorate plastic storage bins and turn them into an eye-catching storage organizer?

Want to add some style to your office space with an elegant plastic container craft that cleverly conceals its contents?

You're in the right place!

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In this DIY project, I'll show you how to transform ordinary plastic containers into stunning faux stone boxes.

With a touch of creativity and basic materials, you'll achieve a beautiful decorative storage solution that will surely impress everyone who lays eyes on it.

Tools and Materials:


  • Fine-grit sandpaper

  • Molds for clay designs

  • Old ruler

  • Paintbrushes

  • Spray paint nozzle

  • Work surface or protective covering

  • Tacky glue or strong adhesive suitable for clay and plastic surfaces


  • Storage container

  • Air-dry clay

  • Cornstarch

  • Silver spray paint

  • Stone spray paint

  • Optional: Clear coat spray

Please note that the specific quantities of materials may vary depending on the size of your storage container and the number of clay designs you wish to create. Feel free to adjust the list as needed to suit your project requirements.

Sand the surface of the plastic storage container

1. Prep the Surface with Sanding

To begin, start by giving the storage container a quick sanding. This will roughen up the surface slightly, allowing the clay and paint to adhere better later on.

Use fine-grit sandpaper and work gently until you achieve the desired texture.

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2. Create Clay Designs

Next, let's add some elegant clay designs to the outside of the container.

Before working with air-dry clay, dust your molds with cornstarch. This will help the clay release easily from the molds, ensuring you get clean and crisp designs.

Fill the molds with clay

Fill the molds with clay, slightly overfilling them.

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3. Trim Excess Clay

After molding the clay designs, run an old ruler from the middle of each design to the outside edge. This will remove any excess clay, leaving you with neat and refined shapes.

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4. Arrange and Secure the Clay Designs

Now, take all the clay impressions you've created and lay them out on the side of the container. Experiment with different arrangements until you find a design that you love.

Once you're satisfied, use tacky glue to secure the clay designs in place.

Allow clay molds to dry

5. Let It Dry

With the clay designs glued in place, it's time to let them dry overnight. Make sure they are firmly attached before moving on to the next step.

Spray the container with metallic spray paint

6. Add the Silver Spray Paint Base

Apply a coat of silver spray paint to provide a stylish background for the clay designs and conceal the clear container.

The silver color will complement the faux stone finish later on. Allow the paint to dry completely before proceeding.

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7. Achieve the Faux Stone Look

Now comes the fun part! Use a textured stone spray with various shades of beige to create a faux stone appearance.

Apply several light coats of the spray, allowing each coat to dry before adding the next. Building up the texture gradually will yield the most realistic stone effect.

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Faux Stone Organizer: Decorating Plastic Storage Bins

This DIY plastic storage bin makeover offers a creative and budget-friendly way to transform ordinary containers into stylish pieces of art.

By decorating plastic storage bins with air-dry clay crafts, you can achieve an elegant and functional decorative storage solution that suits your personal style.

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Are you excited to give this project a try? Have any questions or want to share your own tips for decorating a plastic container?

I'd love to hear from you! Please feel free to leave a comment below and join in the crafting conversation.

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  • Patti Cullen Patti Cullen on Jul 27, 2023

    Where o you get the molds?

  • Kathy Kathy on Jan 14, 2024

    If the bin gets slightly twister, won't the material crack? Molds on the site you suggest seem way too expensive.

  • Karen Coyne Karen Coyne on Jan 14, 2024

    Will they crack if they are moved or twisted at all?

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  • Renee Renee on Jan 17, 2024

    Very interesting and unique idea. I never knew about stone spray but will definitely try it. Thanks for the inspiration

    • Beth Parsons Beth Parsons on Jan 21, 2024

      My propane heater stove had a teal coloured tile at the base and up the walls for heat protection. I wanted a more neutral colour so, after carefully taping off the stove, I sprayed the tile with stone spray in a taupe-ish colour. Of course the tile isn’t walked on but I did that about ten years ago and it’s held up very well. Great stuff!

  • Miss Daisy Miss Daisy on Jan 21, 2024

    Love this as I'm on a fixed income I still want to try it.

    • Linda Ross Linda Ross on Jan 21, 2024

      You can get molds from TEMU reasonably cheap and use paint found at Dollar Tree, not necessarily the stone effect paint. This will make the project more cost effective for you. I would just use polyurethane over everything when done to seal it. Have fun!