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Parents, we all know how sturdy and durable our kids diaper and wipe boxes are! In fact, they are ideal for storage and moving! What if I told you that you could create a sturdy, decorative storage box with them for approximately only $2.00?
Shabby Chic Storage Bins
This is a super cute, shabby chic DIY made from a diaper/wipe box (or any box, really)! Perfect for home storage, decor, on a shelf, in an office, bedroom a bathroom and more! They also make really cute toy boxes! That is actually the reason I initially made it… I needed a box for my daughters toys that are located in our family room, I could not stand the “look” of the Huggies box on its own so I decided to make it look nicer and I love it! These are totally customizable, so don’t be afraid to get creative with different ribbons and embellishments of your choice!
This craft/DIY was inspired after my last “Baby Formula Can” re-purposing post (and video), which you can find here:
Now, please keep in mind… this will take a longer time than the formula cans (especially if you use the mega size boxes) however you will totally fall in love with it once you are done and you will have some awesome home decor to show off.
- The box (any box will do, but diaper and wipe boxes are virtually indestructible)
- Jute twine (I used approx 2 – 25ft rolls, purchased at the local dollar store) a thicker twine (like 4 ply Jute Twine) or rope will also look AMAZING! and thicker twine will also be easier and faster! (hint hint) Just try not to go too thin (like cotton twin) as it becomes harder and you will be gluing and wrapping for days lol.
- Hot Glue Gun
- Box cutter
- Any embellishment, fabric liner (I used a fabric laundry bag just as an example), etc.
- *optional: Brown Craft Paper & spray adhesive – This is for anyone who wants to cover the box first, so that there is less chance of the colors from the print on the diaper boxes peeking through any possible dabs in the twine. I did not use this, but I may do so in the near future when I make more boxes. Just cut panels to size and apply with spray adhesive. These can also be found at the dollar store!
FYI: You can also find every item I used (minus the Diaper box) at the Dollar Tree! Did you know that you can order from their website and have it shipped to your home or to your closest Dollar tree store? Check it out, click the link here:
- *Optional: if using craft paper to cover the box first- cut panels to size and apply with spray adhesive.
- Begin at the bottom of the box: dab hot glue from one corner to the next and carefully place your first string of twine. Do this with caution as the glue is hot. Once done, turn to its side and continue the process until you have fully and tightly wrapped the box 1-2 times. The first row or two should be completely glued down to help hold it tight. You can do this on each wrap, or you can simply dab hot glue after every few inches if you wish as you wrap the twin around the box. **push down/tighten each layer of twin in order to avoid any potential gaps. You can watch my formula can tutorial (approx 1 min video) if you are looking for an example, as it is the same concept.
- Once you reach the top of the box: You will need to make sure you glue it down well, don’t skimp on the hot glue gun on this last step! if you will be using fabric or a ribbon etc, then you don’t need to worry about the top looking too clean-cut.
- THE HARD PART IS NOW OVER! =) My suggestion is to use a fabric liner to finish it off, and with that you can add any other ribbon etc. This will hide the inside portion of the carton from showing and if the box has a small gap opening at the bottom, it will also guard from items falling out (some diaper boxes have a small opening at the bottom) However, this is YOUR choice. Decorate it as you wish!
I am seriously in love with these and I can’t wait to do this with a thicker 4ply twine (It seriously looks amazing with a thick twine and it is way faster to complete, lol.
At this rate, my whole home may end up in twine, LOL! Please feel free to share your makes in the comment section below or on my Facebook Page! Also, if you like posts like this make sure to subscribe to my blog via e-mail!
Take your time, make it YOURS and ENJOY!