Cute Storage Boxes From Old Sweaters and Boxes

Thrifty and Chic
by Thrifty and Chic
I have a plethora of old boxes and sweaters lying around and am in desperate need of storage pieces. So, instead of going out and buying some totes/boxes for storage, I decided to upcycle what I had!
I have so many boxes that I'm going to be using them everywhere in my house. This little guy found itself back in the nursery holding diapers.
All it takes is an old box and sweater.
First, I cut the flaps off the box.
Then measured how much I needed for the sweater to cover the box.
After gluing the sweater around the box and into the inside, I finished off the raw edge with some cute ribbon.
These handles are more decorative than functional. I just hot glued some rope directly onto the sweater.


Love making some easy, free, and cute storage out of stuff destined for the garbage or thrift store!
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  • Cathy Waterstradt Cathy Waterstradt on Dec 31, 2017
    could a shirt or t-shirt be used or would that be like too thin of material? Jw I don't have many sweaters but can get some and I was wanting to do this sometime.

  • Heather Lee Heather Lee on Apr 04, 2021

    How could you use old scarfs for this? Or opinion on how to use old scarfs🤷🏼‍♀️

    scarfs are so cheap at thrift stores

  • Bonnie Bonnie on Jan 18, 2023

    I've been wondering about upcycling cardboard boxes. I have a lot that I recycle. I've asked this in another post. Will this attract termites..Since they eat cellulose. It would surely save me money if it didn't. Thanks,

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  • Geo30705194 Geo30705194 on Nov 23, 2021

    I’m hoping that this sweater idea is only for sweaters that are beyond use by passing it on to someone who could really wear it.

    • Nikki Nikki on Nov 14, 2022

      If someone pays for a sweater or other garment, they can use it in any way that brings usefulness, purpose, and value into their lives and/or homes - whether they donate it so Goodwill can resell it to someone else or they choose to make storage boxes with it, the clothing doesn't end up in the garbage, which is kind of the purpose of upcycling.

  • Butter Butter on Jul 26, 2022

    I've been considering doing something like this with keep sake T-shirts from special occasions. Instead of taking up storage space, turn them into storage space. I was going to seal them with Modge Podge or thinned Elmer's Glue. One area of decor is Harley Davidson theme so storage boxes for gloves and other gear might be out of vintage Harley shirts. You can always spray paint a primer on the box first if you think the shirt won't cover it.


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