Turn a Cardboard Box Into a Pretty Storage

by Amaryllis
11 Materials
2 Hours

We all have cardboard box home and they are the cheapest storage boxes. It works fine for the garage or the basement but you definitely don't want to use them in the living rooms....Well you may change your mind after seeing this simple upgrade.

Head over to my blog for more pictures and details to recycle a cardboard box into pretty storage.

With a baby home, what I have the most are diaper boxes, but the upgrade works with any cardboard box that's useful to you.

Start by painting the box with a few coat of white acrylic paint until the box design is completely covered. I didn't paint the inside, lazy me, but it definitely looks better if you do. As you can see I painted the flaps because I wanted to fold them inside to have a nice edge on the top and also to make the box a little more sturdy! The key here is to use a very good paint if you don't want to loose your mind applying 10 coats to cover the labels.

Once the box is paint and dry, glue the flaps inside the box.

Cut 4 pieces of the L wood trim, the lenght of the wood pieces is the same as the box high. And glue a piece of wood on each corner of the box, hold with some clamps while the glue dries. If you wonder you can find L shaped wood trim in your hardware store, likely in the "doors" or "carpentry" aisle.

To make the handle, cut a piece of square section dowel. To look nice, the lenght of the handle must be more or less half of the box width. Cut a piece of faux leather and wrap it around the wood. I used on one side of the box.

And done! You have a pretty box storage almost for free!

If you like recycling project I have a all bunch of ideas on my blog, to have a look at.

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  • Rachael Rachael on May 19, 2019

    I have leftover paint from painting my daughter's room, it's interior wall paint Can I use this paint for this project?

  • Margot Margot on May 27, 2019

    I love the wallpaper in the background! Is it still available?

  • Tara Tara on Feb 14, 2023

    H there! This is one of the best box conversions I've seen. How did you attach the handle? Did you glue or screw? Thanks for sharing your idea!

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  • Linda Abate Linda Abate on May 13, 2020

    A great way to repurpose an old card board box that would normally wind up in the landfill. These are awesome for storage in an office, child's room, craft room or where ever one needs to house small objects. Love your idea.

  • Shelby 🐈 Shelby 🐈 on Feb 23, 2022

    Super cute way to amp up a box.


    The material list needs some attention.

    Thank you for sharing. I need to do this to my 2021 records before putting them in the attic. 🤍