Cute Storage Boxes… Just about FREE baby!

Hey friends!!

I used yesterday’s disgusting temperatures as an excuse to stay inside and get an indoor project done.  I recently made the cubby systems for the baby’s room and for the playroom.  I bookmarked a fab idea I saw on another blog a while back and have been waiting to copy since.  I got the playroom finished and here is how they turned out…

I’ve  got to give a BIG shout out to Amy from Positively Splendid for this very splendid idea!

 She posted hers a while back and I have been stashing diaper boxes since!  Yep… Diaper boxes!

I used Amy’s directions almost to a T.  I only changed a few things so I wouldn’t have to sew.

I cut my box flaps off.

I decided I would cover my boxes with drop cloth because I happened to have one handy.  Mine was the smallest one that Lowe’s sells.  It is 4×5 and it is $5.  I cut the 5′ side in half and each piece covered one box.  I used 2 drop cloths for the 4 boxes.

I put my box on the canvas and copied Amy’s directions.  I used “old trusty” (my hot glue gun) to do all the work.  Just pencil a line at about 45 degrees and make 2 straight lines from there.  I eyeballed the whole thing.

Once you cut both long sides, just fold over and use hot glue to hold the fold.

Then hot glue it to the side of the box…

Once I did both long sidesI attached the smaller sides the same way.

Here is the top edge… Shanty I know but it will be covered and nobody has to know 😉

Next, I worked on my top band of fabric.  Amy made super cute liners but I had no desire to whip out the sewing machine.  I improvised and just did a fabric band at the top.  I cut my fabric in 8″ thick strips.  I made sure they were long enough to fit around the whole box.

I folded both ends of my fabric to center.  Then, I pressed it together to make a binding like this.

Now let your hot glue gun do the rest!  I just used mind to attach it to my top.  I glued the outside first.

Once I had the outside attached, I glued the inside.

And that’s it… Almost.

I wanted to number them, so I made #’s 1-4 with my Silhouette on contact paper.  Then, I just attached the stencils to the box.

I used a little red acrylic paint on a stencil brush to fill it in.

And I was done!  So easy.  Now… I do realize that the inside looks a bit like a diaper box.  For these boxes that will go in the playroom I am totally fine with that.  The legos going inside of it don’t mind.  For the baby’s room I will probably make some liners.  Here they are in their new place.

What do you think??  Thanks again Miss Amy for the splendid idea!  I was so glad to finally have enough boxes stashed up to finish this set.  I am currently collecting for the baby’s room… Shouldn’t take long ;-)!

Hope you like them!   My total investment….

Diaper boxes – Free

Drop Cloths – $10

Fabric – $4 at Hobby Lobby

Yep… That’s $14 for 4 boxes.  Now that’s my kind of shanty!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  We are excited about a few things we have coming up this weekend and we will be back later this weekend to share!  Take care and thanks again!

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  1. jannat on February 8, 2018 at 12:26 am

    good info.

  2. TShearon on June 9, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    We did something similar, only we used wrapping paper lol!

  3. Krissy on July 31, 2012 at 6:21 am

    Okay so I’ve seen fabric covered boxes on the web for a while but am totally too LAZY to drag out my machine to sew those things….THANK YOU for feeding to my lazy side and showing me how to do with sans machine!! Too cute! And I think they look just fine w/o a liner!! Exactly what i’d have done!!! Pinning it!

  4. dora on November 16, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    This is SUCH a brilliant idea!! I recently went shopping for more cute storage boxes and was shocked at how expensive they were!!! Even at Target! I can’t wait to make my own 😀

  5. Cerise on August 20, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Thanks for the idea of doing a no sew version! They turned out fantastic!

    • Shanty2Chic on August 20, 2011 at 1:18 pm

      Thanks so much Cerise! Don’t you want to make boxes for every room now? :-))

  6. Anna on August 20, 2011 at 3:33 am

    Genius! I love it!


  7. jen @ tatertots and jello on August 20, 2011 at 2:43 am

    Adorable!! I love that idea. And they look so cute in your room!

    I shared your project on my TT&J facebook page 🙂


    • Shanty2Chic on August 20, 2011 at 5:11 am

      Thanks so much Jen!! I appreciate it 🙂

  8. Cheryl @ That's What Che Said on August 19, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    I have Amy’s tutorial saved also and are hoping to get these done this weekend! I LOVED your dropcloth idea. Genius! They look fabulous!! Thanks so much for sharing. I will be your newest follower 🙂

  9. Ann on August 17, 2011 at 6:29 am

    Oh that is absolutely a lovely DIY,

    not too messy and so easy to do.

    Thanks for sharing.

  10. Leigh on August 13, 2011 at 12:14 am

    Thanks so much for the idea and tutorial. Yours are so cute with the red in the room. I linked mine up to except I used wood for my boxes instead so it’s a little different. Just wanted to let you know how much I love you DIY projects!

  11. Naush ~ Doodlebuddies on August 9, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Absolutely fantastic !! Just fell in love with these excellent and creative boxes. Your one veeeery creative gal !!

  12. Kelee Katillac on August 8, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Hi Whitney!

    Great job and pics! Looks super–hard to believe the boxes you started with ..perfect for Met Monday!

    Whitney, would you please consider being apart of Miracle Makeover Week for kids with cancer… Met Monday will feature next week… we so appreciate your creative efforts! For more on how to create a post for it go to:

    love, kelee

  13. Katie on August 5, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    My brother-in-law sent this link my way and I completed my own project just yesterday! Instead of cutting off the box sides, however, I folded them inside the box and taped them down. The double-layer of cardboard made them that much sturdier. I just finished two and I have another one in the works! Thanks SO much for sharing!

  14. Kristen: Turning a House into a Home on August 1, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Such a great upcycle! I love the simplicity, the cheapness, and the amazing outcome!


  15. Julie on August 1, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    these are great! awesome idea…

  16. heather bell on July 30, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    I made something similar awhile back too! Fun to see a new method!

  17. heidi on July 30, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    so cute! I love that fabric you used, do you know the name of it?

  18. Alis in Wnderlnd on July 30, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    So cute! I’d love to know about how you used the Silhouette to cut the contact paper. What carrier sheet and settings did you use? Everything I have found to do that says it rips…really, I’d LOVE the tutorial, or even an email with some of the details. THank you!

  19. Nicole on July 30, 2011 at 11:58 am

    I love this idea, since I’m way too cheap to buy cute storage boxes. (unless I find them on clearance somewhere) But I wonder how they would hold up to my kids? They are brutal on everything! Yours turned out great! Nicole @

  20. Kay - Tee on July 30, 2011 at 11:56 am

    VERY nice … and to me it doesn’t matter about the insides. This is a fabulous idea – thanks for sharing. 🙂

  21. Ellie on July 30, 2011 at 3:24 am

    I’m sitting here wondering why I haven’t been saving diaper boxes… Those look great! Way to organize on the cheap.

  22. carmella on July 30, 2011 at 2:17 am

    such a great idea! so happy I’ll have a reason to put the many diaper boxes we will have to use (baby #3 coming soon!) Thanks for sharing….and I adore you for the no-sew tutorial 🙂

  23. Karla @ The Culinary Enthusiast on July 30, 2011 at 12:43 am

    Drop cloths are a GREAT idea!!! I have collected real coffee sacks from my locally-owned coffeeshop, which they give away free when you ask for them. I also have had Amy’s idea bookmarked (and now “pinned”) for awhile….going to cover mine with the coffee sacks! 🙂

  24. Jan on July 30, 2011 at 12:24 am

    I just got the Silhouette and am still trying to figure out how to use it, but this is a FAB idea! Love it!!

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