Monday, February 28, 2011

Burlap-Covered Storage Box Tutorial


My friend Rosa gave me the idea to make storage containers out of cardboard boxes and burlap, and I just had to try it. I made a few boxes to put into the changing table in our nursery.

It's a SUPER-cheap way to create storage. And they look pretty cute, too.

You'll need a cardboard box, burlap, and a hot glue gun. Then any embellishments you want to use.

So, here's how you can make your own...

I started with two sturdy cardboard boxes. Since I'm drowning in babies right now, I have lots of diaper boxes and a baby wipes boxes, so that's what I used. They were a little too tall, so I cut off the tops with a box cutter and made them the same height.


They were too bright and I could see the graphics through the burlap, so I covered the outside of the boxes with white paper and white masking tape, but you could use just about anything.


I then cut the burlap (which I bought at Walmart) and covered the entire box with it, using hot glue to secure the edges and corners.

Then I sewed a ruffle using a scrap of dropcloth that I had. I cut the dropcloth doubling the length I needed and sewed a straight stitch through the middle, then ruffled it by pulling one of the threads tight. I then hot-glued the ruffle onto the box.


The labels came from my scrapbooking stash that I haven't used in years! But you could make your own labels or buy some. There are so many creative ways to make labels.




I use the boxes to hold the cloth diapers that I use for Jack and Violet. In case you are wondering, the diapers are called BumGenius and you can buy them from my friend Jen's website here. I highly recommend them!



Overall, it's a pretty easy project but takes some patience when wrapping and gluing the burlap. And there are a million different ways you could embellish them.


Let me know if you have any questions. Have fun making your own! And be sure to share your pictures with me!

Linking to these websites:
http://skiptomylou.org
http://makingtheworldcuter.blogspot.com

36 comments:

  1. Those turned out super cute!! I LOVE burlap. They look perfect in your diaper changing dresser.

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  2. Those are so cute! I foresee some making their way to my household. . . Thanks for sharing them with us.

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  3. What a great idea! Oh, I would love to make some of those, I need to hide my mess in my craft room, that would be so perfect and inexpensive!
    Thanks so much for the idea.
    Hugs, Cindy

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  4. You DID it!!! YEAH, now when or if i ever try it, i will just come to your house...lol. they are super cute. love them

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  5. where/when do you find the time to do these amazingly creative and adorable things? i feel like my time is primarily consumed with keeping house, running kids around, cleaning up after kids, daily living, cooking, etc. and i have little time for creativity.
    i guess it comes down to priorities. i make time to get out and exercise/run and you make time to CRAFT. i wish i had time for both.
    i love so much of what you do.

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  6. Thanks for sharing. Now I am searching my house for a big box for toys.

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  7. Thanks for sharing..I found some burlap for a steal last Friday and now know what to do with it! Cute blog..come and visit sometime!

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  8. So cute! What a great way to get storage that fits perfectly into any nook.

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  9. Love this idea! Very cute and very thrifty! :)

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  10. That is such a lovely project. Thanks a lot for the idea. Love how they turned out!

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  11. Like the boxes, but I am also interested in those diapers you mentioned...I would love it if you blogged an explanation or salesman type memo as to why you highly recommend them...I am not familiar with those really and would love to know more about them. And include the money savings to help me see the benefits :)

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  12. OH my goodness! Burlap, Ruffles and Tags= <3LOVE.
    I featured this on my blog today! Come check it out:
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    Happy Monday!
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  13. Fantastic project idea! Thanks so much!!!

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  14. Great idea!! I am doing this!!

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  20. Very cute! I've been meaning to do similar project with pieces of scrap fabric that I have. If a mom of 2 babies can do this, so can I! Thanks for the motivation! :)
    Check out some of my DIYs at handvsmom.weebly.com

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  21. How much of the burlap fabric did you use per box? I am trying to decide how much fabric to buy. I have about 5 or 6 diaper boxes I am wanting to cover. Thanks. They are super cute!!

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    1. It was several years ago that I made these boxes, so I'm not sure how much fabric I used. I'm sorry!

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    2. You are just fine! I thought just maybe you would have an estimate on fabric. Thanks anyhow. :)

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  22. Waw .. No one can figure out how it was. They look amazing I didn the same here . check it out

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  23. I love to organize with boxes as well. They can be used for so many things and I'll make sure to save this post into my favorites for future reference! Thank you for sharing these great ideas!

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