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I made these cute fabric covered storage boxes to go in my baby's nursery. 

As a first time mother, I am slightly overwhelmed by the amount of "things" babies seem to need. I am also not the most organized person. My goal is to make it easier on myself by having boxes to grab some things out of instead of having to dig in a drawer. 

To make these you need:
- cardboard boxes
- 2 types of fabric
- white glue
- scissors
- brushes
 
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Step 1:

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I used three matching boxes that I had on hand.   (These happen to be from Swanson Vitamins where I regularly order my supplements from.) I cut out the handles, cut off the top flaps, and cut three pieces of cardboard from a separate box to glue on the bottom (inside).

Step 2:

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I then cut three long strips of the printed fabric to wrap around the outside. I cut the brown fabric for the inside and bottom into individual pieces to fit each side.

I used regular white glue diluted with a bit of water instead of Modge Podge. It is so much cheaper and works just as well. I don't have a specific formula for glue and water, I just mix until the consistency is right for painting. For the printed fabric the ratio seemed to be about 60-70% glue. I used the glue straight for the brown fabric as it was a lot thicker.

I did not paint a layer of glue on top of the fabric as I wanted to keep as much of the soft fabric look and feel as possible.

Step 3:

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I cut the cardboard pieces to insert in the bottom so the bottom is smooth and uninterrupted by the flaps of the box. I used these pieces as the template for the brown fabric pieces for the bottom (outside).

I then glued the bottom cardboard pieces in place.

Step 4:

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Next, I glued the pre-cut brown fabric pieces on the inside. 

A metal ruler really helps tuck the fabric in at the corners!
lovingit4115 months ago

May i use you idea for my project.Im making a craft book and i think this would look really good in it. But i have to have your permission to do it first since it is you idea.

linlind251 year ago
I been wanting to do this. I want to make some for under the coffee table to hide all my junk lol
DeanAshby1 year ago
These storage boxes are really pretty and look like they are easy to make too. That is what I like about things that you DIY. You are able to customize them according to your needs and preferences. Whenever you think you need a change of color, you simply change it instead of having to purchase an entirely new one. These little storage boxes are perfect for the knicks knacks you find lying all around the house like keys, remote control, coins and many others.
angelfoley1 year ago
Love it--especially with the cat!--Looks just like mine. I have boxes that held 10 reams of paper--will give it a try!
DeanAshby1 year ago
I love how simple cardboard boxes can be turn into storage boxes of art! You certainly have a flair for the handicraft. The best thing about this idea is how cheap and eco-friendly it is! You have given me a great idea to decorate my home office. I have loads of files that definitely need some good storage and I hate the idea of generic (and ugly) plastic boxes. Thank you so much!
DeanAshby1 year ago
Thank you for the tips and for showing us how to do it step by step. I have used colorful fabric to match the rooms where these storage boxes would go. I have also used some slip-resistant material at the bottom to keep the boxes from slipping, since some of these are used for storage of delicate items. I don’t want someone to push it accidentally, and the items inside get scratches or broken. Great job for teaching us this in just easy and simple steps.
kirnex1 year ago
They turned out great! The fabric is awesome, too. Thanks for sharing.
ellajane2 years ago
This is incredible! How creative! I think this idea would make a great gift for my sister. There are some fabric stores in Philadelphia that I have been meaning to look at for another project I'm working on but I will definitely look for some matching fabric for this project. Is there a specific fabric you have found that works the best? Thanks for the instructions!
laxcatcreations (author)  ellajane2 years ago
Thank you! Mine have proven to be very useful, I'm sure they would make a great gift. I found that the thinner material works best. The felt/ fleece type thing that I used on the inside worked but I had to use straight glue and I had to use quite a bit.
rwntylr2 years ago
I can't wait to do this! I will make an extra for a cat trap, too. :)
dmccomb2 years ago
Gorgeous boxes! (and gorgeous cat!)

I just happen to be accumulating some good sized boxes, and was wondering what to do with them. I think I see a trip to the fabric store in my future.