Organization Boxes from Diaper Boxes


I know, you looked at the title and you said…What?  Trust me these boxes are the best things ever.  They are a great size to actually hold items and they are sturdy.  After you get rid of the purple, bright colors, they make amazing organization boxes.

 

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Organization Boxes from Diaper Boxes

I saw a post one day of a pantry re-organization.  She had covered diaper boxes and I thought it looked fantastic.  I had already covered some boxes with fabric.   And since then I have covered some in contact paper for my own pantry.  But I wanted to make some more using these because they were a perfect fit for the shelf under the buffet we moved into the kitchen as our drop zone.

Now keep in mind when looking at these photos, the kitchen is not finished yet.  The walls are not finished and the floors need some thresholds but I am doing what I can with the extra details until the budget allows more major work.  And this project cost 1/3 or a drop cloth (Menards $19.00), some spray paint which we already had, and the lining fabric.  (JoAnn’s $15.00)  And I still have a little of the lining fabric left that I can do something with later.  I love that.

Covering The Boxes

I found this tutorial from Live A Little Wilder that I really liked for covering the boxes and it thought it would look better than my original design.  I wanted to make a pattern so cutting from the drop cloth would be a little easier so I used a roll of paper.

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Once I had the pattern I cut from the fabric drop cloth.  Then I followed the tutorial from Monkey Business.  I thought I can out much nicer than before.

 

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They came out with a very tailored look which I love.




Liners

Then I got started on the liners.  I love this fabric.  It is called Button Blooms Spa and I purchased it at JoAnn’s.

First I measured the sides and the bottom and added 1/2 for seam allowances and 3 inches to the height of the sides for the fold-over.  I cut was making three boxes so I cut 3 each of the bottom pieces and 6 each of the side pieces.

I stitched the smaller side pieces to the bottom (shorter) edges with right sides together.  Then I opened that piece up and placed the longer side pieces on top.  Again with right sides together.  You can see in the photo below the side pieces are sticking out.  I only stitched from pin to pin.  I really wasn’t sure how this would turn out but it looked and fine.  These corners are not seen so I wasn’t too worried about it.

 

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After all of the side pieces were sewn to the bottom I stitched up each corner seam to form the “box” shape.  Then, the moment of truth.  This was the test fit.

 

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I thought it looked pretty good so I moved on.  The next step was to finish off that outside edge.  I pressed open the seams.

 

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Then turned the edge inside and pressed it all the way around.  This makes it much easier for me to sew.

 

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I stitched that down and I was done with my liner.  I was so excited to get them into the boxes and onto the drop zone in the kitchen.

 

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Organization Boxes from Diaper Boxes - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Organization Boxes from Diaper Boxes - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

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What do you think?  I love them and they are perfect in the space and for throwing my purse in and other things when we come home.

My friend Jill is the new mommy providing me with the boxes.  I still have more that I plan to cover with pretty contact paper for my pantry organization including mason jar boxes.  Have you guys seen how nice they are?  I can’t wait.

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24 thoughts on “Organization Boxes from Diaper Boxes

    • Michelle Post author

      Thank you Karen! I love these boxes. They turn out so nice. I can’t wait to use the contact paper on them for my pantry organization project!

    • Michelle Post author

      Hi Marjie. Those Avon boxes are really nice. My neighbor sells it. I may have to ask for a couple just for a different size/shape. Great idea. I hope you try it. They turn out nice for a cardboard box.

    • Michelle Post author

      Hi Crystal. I had my doubts as well but I do like the way they turned out. It helps to have a box that is straight up and down and not slanted like the basket liner I made. LOL. These turned out much better.

  • Kelly

    I really love these, Michelle! They look so pretty under there! I love seeing what’s on your blog every week, it gives me so many great ideas for decorating when we move into the new home!

    • Michelle Post author

      Hi Kelly, Thanks for that compliment. I am excited for you and your family to move back to the US. I am glad I can give you some ideas.

  • kareen liez

    These are really beautiful! I have made toy boxes similar to this too. Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board.

    • Michelle Post author

      Hi Kareen – Thanks so much. I love some of the other things people have made with these boxes. I appreciate the pin!

  • Kara

    Good timing! We are visiting family in Toronto and my sister-in-law has a bunch of diaper boxes she has been wanting to cover and use for storage. These look fantastic, so I sent her the post. Thanks!

    • Michelle Post author

      Hi Kara. I am so excited that she is going to re-use the diaper boxes. Thanks so much for sending her to the post. That makes me happy!

  • Bonnie

    This is great! I need to make some of these. Thanks for linking up at the Stitch It, Blog It, Share Link Party. I hope you’ll join us every Sunday night at 7 with more of your creative sewing projects.
    ~Bonnie @ Behind the Seams Sewing

    • Michelle Post author

      Thanks Bonnie! I think I saw the link up on Twitter and thought it would be a great one to link up to. There were some great projects there.

  • Samantha Hartman

    I have taken an empty box that had copy paper in it, sealed it with Modge Podge. Then sprayed it with a favorite color, let dry, seal again with Modge Podge, let dry. Now you can go wild. You can decorate any way you want. I took an old calendar with great pictures, burned the edges to get that worn look glued my pictures where I wanted them, I used a spray glue. Let dry. I used a decoupaged on the pictures, let dry. Then resealed with Modge Podge. I did the same for the top. Makes for attractive storage and a special gift.

    • Michelle Post author

      Wow Samantha that sounds awesome. I would love to see it. The boxes that are really sturdy like the copy paper boxes are so great for this and make for some really nice storage pieces. Thanks so much for sharing your idea and thanks for stopping by.

  • Cindy

    Michelle, when I went to monkey business to see the layout of your paper template there is t anything available to look at. Can you direct me to a sight so I can see how you did this.

    • Michelle Post author

      Thank you Barb. They still look really great and I did them about a year ago or so. I actually cannot remember. LOL! The time and posts all blend together now. Thanks so much for your kind words.