3 Easy Steps to a Stylish DIY Plastic Storage Bin Makeover

Mitch Couch
by Mitch Couch
10 Materials
30 Minutes

Are you tired of boring and dull plastic storage bins taking up valuable space in your home? Why settle for plain when you can transform them into stylish rolling storage baskets with this DIY plastic storage bin makeover!

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With a few simple steps and some inexpensive materials, you can create a functional and fashionable storage solution that will not only save you space but also add a touch of personality to any room in your home. Say goodbye to cluttered floors and hello to your new rolling storage baskets!

Removing handles from a plastic dollar store bin

1. Removing the Handles and Adding Wooden Strips

Start by removing the handles from both sides of a plastic bin. This will make it easier to attach the wooden strips that will serve as the base for the wheels.

Gluing wooden strips to the bottom of a plastic container

Next, flip the bin over and measure the length of the edges where you want to attach the two wooden strips. Use a pencil to mark the measurements and then use your saw to cut the strips to the appropriate size.

Once you have your wooden strips, use hot glue to attach them to the edge of the bin. Make sure they fit snugly inside the grooves so that they won't move around. Allow the glue to set and then flip the bin over.

Using an electric screwdriver to attach wooden strips to a plastic container

After flipping the bucket, take some small screws that are not too long, as we don't want them to stick out from the end of the wood.

Using a drill, make holes in each strip of wood, about two or three holes in each strip will be enough. Insert the screws into the holes and tighten them without overdoing it, these will hold the wooden strips in place.

Let's move to the next step in creating the homemade rolling basket.

Homemade rolling basket

2. Adding Caster Wheels

To make the DIY storage box mobile, we will attach caster wheels.

Measure and mark the four spots where the caster wheels will be installed to ensure proper placement. To do this, use a ruler or tape measure and mark one inch from each side of the wooden strips. 

Drilling holes into wood strips for caster wheels

Now drill the holes.

Adding hot glue to the predrilled holes for the caster wheels

Once the holes are drilled, add some hot glue to each hole and carefully insert the caster wheels. The glue will keep them nice and secure. You can use any glue you like, I prefer hot glue as it is quick and does the job of securing the wheels perfectly.

Four caster wheels attached to wood planks screwed into the bottom of a plastic storage container

It is important to not overtighten the screws as this could damage the plastic bin or the caster wheels. Once all four caster wheels are securely attached, the homemade rolling basket is now mobile and easy to move around.

Gluing twine onto the bottom of a storage bin

3. Decorating the Basket with Twine and Fabric

Now it's time to decorate the DIY fabric storage bin.

For this project, I picked up some twine at the Dollar Tree. Using our trusty hot glue gun, apply a bit of glue to the edge of the bucket to secure the starter piece of twine. It's important to ensure that the first row is perfectly aligned, so I use the edge of the bucket as my guide. 

Rolling storage basket

Continue wrapping the twine all the way around the bucket.

DIY fabric storage bins

Once you've completed this step, grab a piece of fabric and cut it into a twelve-inch-wide strip. Fold over the edge of the fabric to create a neat finish and use the hot glue to secure it in place. Take your time with this step as the glue can get quite hot. 

Sticking fabric to the storage bin

Once both edges are neatly folded, wrap the fabric over the bucket, covering all the plastic.

Finally, apply glue to the last bit of rope and press it down to secure the fabric. Continue wrapping the fabric around the bucket until it's fully covered. Voila! Your DIY fabric storage bin is complete and ready to be used.

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DIY plastic storage bin makeover

With just a few simple steps and some creative inspiration, you can transform a plain plastic storage bin into a functional and stylish rolling storage basket.

Not only will this DIY storage bin makeover add extra storage space to your living room or craft room, but it can also be used for organizing toys and books in your children's play area or bedroom.

So why not give these fabric storage boxes a try and see how easy it is to create a custom storage solution that meets all your needs? Start your DIY project today and enjoy the benefits of an organized and clutter-free space.

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  • Pat81934129 Pat81934129 on Sep 22, 2023

    What video? I have a huge black block at the beginning of the article - is this the video? Can someone resend one? I always believe there is a reason they do not include a final pic. Just sayin ...

    • Vad33512808 Vad33512808 on Oct 04, 2023

      Not sure how you view yours but there is a video that shows it at 3:15-3:22 . Mine view also has picture instructions if you scroll all the way through them the finished product is in the last picture.

  • Jan Jan on Jan 01, 2024

    I would have been more leased if they had shown a completed project. It did not say how far up to wrap the twine. Also, it did not show a photo of putting on the fabric. They left out some important information. More photos would be better. Idea of doing this project was wonderful. I just could use more info and photos.

    Thanks for idea.