Decorating Plastic Storage Bins | How to Revamp Containers

Are you on a quest to add a touch of style and organization to your living space?

With a little creativity and some simple materials, you can transform mundane containers into stylish decor pieces.

In this step-by-step guide, we'll show you how to give your plastic storage bins a makeover that will make them not only functional but also decorative.

This post was transcribed by a member of the Hometalk editorial team from the original HometalkTV episode.

Tools and Materials:

Crafting a stylish storage solution from a plastic bin

1. Preparing for the Transformation

To begin decorating your plastic storage bin, grab a plastic bin from Walmart as your canvas.

Decorating a plastic container

Start by drilling a few holes into the side of the bin. These holes will serve as handles in the future, so be sure to space them evenly for a balanced look.

Drill holes in the bottom of the bin for feet

Next, flip the plastic bin over and drill four holes, one in each corner. These corner holes will be where we add feet for your decorated bin.

Spruce up your home with a fabric-covered plastic bin

2. Selecting Fabric and Cutting

Now, it's time to add some style to your plastic bin.

I chose a gray and white patterned fabric, but choose anything that matches your decor preferences. Cut the fabric down to size so that it reaches the right height of the bin.

Use spray adhesive to stick the fabric to the container

3. Applying Fabric with Spray Adhesive

Using a spray adhesive, generously apply it to the plastic surface of the bin.

Crafting a chic storage solution from a Walmart bin

Carefully press the cut fabric onto the adhesive, ensuring it adheres smoothly and without wrinkles.

Step-by-step guide to making a decorative plastic bin

4. Creating Neat Seams

To achieve a polished look, cut up the sides of the fabric where it overlaps at the corners.

Step-by-step guide to making a decorative plastic bin

Then, fold these two pieces over each other, creating a neat seam.

Poke through the fabric at the spot where you drilled the handle holes

5. Adding Handles

Now, let's tackle the handles. Locate the holes you drilled earlier, and using a pair of scissors, poke through the fabric at those points.

Upcycling plastic bins with fabric and handles

Thread the jute or your chosen handle material through these holes and tie a knot on the inside to secure it firmly.

Add feet to the bottom of the plastic container

6. Elevating Your Bin (Optional)

For an extra touch of elegance, add craft feet to the bottom of your bin. This not only raises it off the ground but also enhances its overall appearance.

Interested in more unique storage solutions?

Explore how to add both style and functionality to your plastic storage bin in this jute bin on wheels tutorial.

Turning a basic plastic bin into a decorative storage piece

Decorating a Plastic Storage Bin

This plastic storage bin makeover is a creative way to improve your home organization while adding a touch of personality to your living space. Experiment with different fabrics and designs to suit your style. Have fun with this DIY storage bin idea and let your creativity shine!

Easy DIY plastic bin transformation with fabric and jute handles

Let me know what you think of this project and if you’ve made something similar. Share your ideas, tips, and questions in the comments section below.

Sarah Vanderkooy
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  • Aun83897473 Aun83897473 on Sep 25, 2023
    Why not cover the top as well, either paint or fabric for a finished look???
  • Pat Pat on Dec 29, 2023
    Where are the handles??
  • Nancy Nancy on Dec 30, 2023
    What kind of adhesive did you use? Thank you.
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  • Happy Days Hometalker Happy Days Hometalker on Dec 30, 2023
    I wanted to purchase storage bins 12/23 they are sky high in price in San Diego, have no intention of paying $10.00 plus per bin that used to sell in the $5.00 to $7.00 range.
  • Cbh49543723 Cbh49543723 on Dec 30, 2023
    Look at Yard Sales; consignment shops; junk stores! You will find one.