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!

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16 thoughts on “Burlap-Covered Storage Box Tutorial

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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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