DIY Storage Boxes From Up-cycled Cardboard Boxes

Hello fabulous Hometalkers! Today we are making beautiful instant storage boxes for almost... FREE!
These boxes are perfect for organizing a pantry, cleaning supplies or craft materials. And they are super easy to make!
Got cardboard boxes?? And burlap coffee bean bags?
First cut the lids off a cardboard box or push them inside against the 4 sides.
There are different ways to attach the fabric to the storage box which will decide how wide to cut the burlap.
First way to do this is to use a finished edge of the burlap as the top edge. Rotate the box as you apply glue to each side and press the burlap stripe onto each side.
Finish by snipping the burlap where the corner turns, fold and glue the edges to the bottom. This step is easier with hot glue.
For the stencils, all you need is some craft paint, and Scotch tape!
I made one with the tape running horizontally, and another one vertically. So many way to create simple yet beautiful designs!
Check out the link below to see more detailed tips plus how to make triangle stencils - super easy too!

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!

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  • Karen Karen on Feb 06, 2016
    These are adorable! Where do you get potato sacks? The grocery store or buy them?
  • Connie Chappell Connie Chappell on Feb 06, 2016
    Where do you get the burlap sacks????
    • Jalolo Jalolo on Feb 07, 2016
      I got one at a junk/antique shop, but it was expensive. $20!
    • Teri Hale Peulen Teri Hale Peulen on Feb 07, 2016
      Cost $1 each at my Dunn bros coffeehouse
    • Juanita Gardner Juanita Gardner on Feb 08, 2016
      Joanna fabrics has burlap by the yard. Check it out.
    • Lisa Sigman Lisa Sigman on Sep 25, 2016
      Joanns fabric, micheals, hobby lobby, any place that sales fabric should have burlap you can buy by the yard..... You can even get different colors as well....
    • Donna Donna on Sep 22, 2017
      I found it at home depot, is sold as ground cover. Less expensive than specialty stores
    • Necee Marie Necee Marie on Oct 29, 2018

      ive seen burlap at Walmart

    • Mary Theresa Vona Mary Theresa Vona on Jan 25, 2019

      I did this prior to seeing your DIY here and I used a glue gun and burnt the sh!t out of my finger tips. I was so stocked to make cool boxes and screamed in pain every time I press the clothe down on the glue! So glad to see we can use other glue and it will hold up.

    • Nancy Fleck Nancy Fleck on Feb 14, 2019


    • Rachel Brezinski Pettit Rachel Brezinski Pettit on Feb 21, 2019

      Mary Theresa Unless you are planning on going on a killing spree & don't want to leave fingerprints behind, you can buy hot glue finger caps/guards. They look like little rubber thimbles that you put on your finger tips to prevent hot glue burns. I have never used them & don't know if they sell them in the stores but I do know you can order them on line from Walmart, Joann's & Amazon.

  • Jacksjean Jacksjean on Nov 12, 2018

    How would you make a “box stack”? Maybe glue PVC round tubes between the boxes?

    • Kzook6 Kzook6 on Jul 09, 2019

      Thats a great idea. Let me know if you try it or vise versa. Love the idea tho.. You can get pvc piping reasonably cheap at local habitat for humanity restore if yoi have one nearby

  • Lee Lee on Feb 16, 2019

    Where do you buy the burlap bags

  • Tinkerbellabell Tinkerbellabell on Mar 02, 2019

    I’m going to cover with burlap I bought at a fabric store for a project. I of course forgot. Now I know which project, this one will irk. Mom hoping to be able to paint the edges . I love the triangle pattern Ddnyone find it where to get the coffee bags? Thanks for the idea. Janice

  • Nancy Nancy on Jul 12, 2019

    How do I make kids furniture out of cardboard boxes

    • Betty Betty on Mar 31, 2020

      Lots of large boxes!!! Or large cardboard pieces from pallet items at Sam’s Club or Costco. You can use wood strips to make a frame for a dressing screen/room divider, headboard and footboard set, “boxy” stools or benches. Cover it with cardboard neatly stapled & glued around. You can take it a step further with papier maché if you want a serious project with paper strips, wallpaper glue and drying time. Then cover with burlap yardage to decorate just as you would your boxes or using padded fabric that doesn’t need tape or paint for decoration.

      Our father did this with us when I was in middle school.

      Have fun with it — Create!!

  • Silvia Silvia on Aug 20, 2020

    Do you have any ideas for decorating large cardboard boxes?

    • Teresa Teresa on Jan 03, 2021

      Get an inexpensive cloth shower curtain and cover the box with it using a glue gun. You could also use material but shower curtains are sometimes less expensive and thicker.

      I made several, of different sizes, all matching for my closet. Much less expensive than buying those pre-made boxes and quite a bit cheaper.

  • Gin Gin on Oct 05, 2020

    Love it! I know what to do with my boxes now. But I want to know too, where to find the coffee bags.

  • Gin Gin on Oct 05, 2020

    Where do you find coffee bags for decorating the boxes?

    • Deborah  S. Deborah S. on Oct 07, 2020

      I found some at a flea market.

    • SnowKnitty SnowKnitty on Oct 18, 2020

      I noticed coffee bags have become a bit pricey. Apparently, people want the pre-printed lettering and logos on them. If you don't care about those things, you can easily buy a nice, plain burlap fabric. Just know that coffee bags (burlap) usually shed like crazy.

      If you love the highly textured fabric, you can also look for tobacco cloth. The weave is a bit more open so you will need to use unmarked boxes or apply a base color to the boxes. (That alone might look great in a contrasting color!) If the texture isn't critical (i.e., you're more interested in the pattern you want to put on it), consider drop cloth or duck cloth for this project. It's easier to paint because it is smoother.

    • Gin Gin on Oct 18, 2020

      Thank you so much for all the information. That helped me quite a bit!

    • LA LA on Feb 10, 2021

      If you plan on doing a lot of boxes, you might want to consider buying a roll of burlap from Home Depot, Amazon, etc. I bought a 25-yard roll years ago (literally) to wrap my annual mum purchases and it has lasted and lasted...and lasted. I'm going to try this idea with what remains.

    • Debi Debi on Mar 15, 2021

      Amazon has them


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  • Patricia Patricia on Feb 19, 2021

    I liked the decorative boxes and the toys for children. I will most likely decorate some boxes for storage. But, that mirror with a cardboard frame was beyond tacky. Thanks for the other ideas though.

  • Joann Jarvis Joann Jarvis on May 07, 2021

    Thinking about it for sure