February 7, 2011

Lined Canvas Bins (from Diaper Boxes!)

Custom canvas storage containers made with empty boxes. So smart and economical!

There are times when I finish a project and I am absolutely giddy to share it with you here. This was one of those! The idea for these bins came about as I was brainstorming projects for the Upcycling challenge at So You Think You’re Crafty a couple of weeks ago. I have been in dire need of some new containers for the built-in shelves in our living room to hold things like DVD’s and remotes, but I wasn’t wanting to spend a fortune on them. It occurred to me that a diaper box had precisely the dimensions I was looking for, so I determined myself to figure out a way to gussy them up to suit my needs!
In case you missed it, here is the blurb from SYTYC…
Over the years, my household has acquired an abundance of two things in particular: 1) little items that need to be stored away in some semblance of order; and 2) diaper boxes. I actually think there could be some sort of mathematical equation that could show the direct relationship between the presence of those two categories! I have been in the market for some storage boxes to stow away movies, remotes and games in our living room, but each time I would look into purchasing some, I was stopped in my tracks by the appallingly outrageous prices asked by places like Pottery Barn and Ballard Designs. So, in the spirit of upcycling, I decided to make some on my own, for a fraction of the cost! Curious to know how I did it?

What began as three diaper boxes became in just a couple of hours a chic collection of lined, numbered canvas bins. The custom look of these really belies the fact that they all started off life as a vessel for holding diapers, don’t you think? My head is already dancing with ideas for all of the other rooms in my house that will get a set of similar containers!


Ready to  make a set of your own? Let’s get started!
For this project, you will need…
A diaper box for each bin you want to make
Heavy canvas fabric
Disappearing ink marker
Measuring tape
Spray adhesive
Craft glue
Fabric to make your bin liners
Coordinating ribbon
Basic sewing supplies: Machine, shears, thread, etc.
Die cutting machine and adhesive vinyl (optional)
step 1 / Cut the flaps off off your box. Flip your box over and use your measuring tape to measure up one side of your box, over the narrow bottom width and then down the other side, as shown. Write down this width measurement. Now, rotate your box and take the box’s length measurement in the same manner. Cut a piece of your canvas fabric that is your width measurement by your length measurement. 

step 2 / Lay your cut piece of fabric on a flat surface, and place your box on top of it, so it is precisely centered on the fabric. (Make sure the long sides of your box is aligned with the long sides of your fabric piece.) Use your measuring tape and disappearing ink marker to mark a line out 2 inches out from one of the corners of your box, as shown. Now, mark a line out from the bottom of the mark you just made that is perpendicular to the raw outer edge of your canvas piece, as shown. Repeat with the remaining three corners of your box. Cut along all of these lines, so that you are left with a cross-shaped canvas piece, making sure to cut along the angled corner lines, as well.
step 3 / Apply a thin, even coat of spray adhesive to one of the long sides of your box. With your box precisely centered on your cut piece of canvas, fold the corresponding canvas flap up and over the box, pulling the fabric to ensure it is snug and your bottom edge is crisp. Use your hand to smooth out any bubbles. Repeat with the other long side.
step 4 / Working on one of the short sides of your box, apply an even line of glue to one of the outer edges, and fold over the corresponding flap snugly to adhere it to your box. Make sure to pull enough so your edges are crisp! Repeat this step for the remaining flaps on the short sides of your box.
step 5 / Apply an even line of glue on either side of your remaining short flap, as shown. Fold in and adhere the outer edges of the flap so that the creases formed are in perfect alignment with the outer edge of your box, as depicted below. (Once these outer edges are folded in and adhered, your flap should be precisely the same size and shape as the short end of your box.) Apply glue to the top and sides of one of the short ends of your box, and then snugly fold the flap of fabric up and over this side, making sure everything is smooth and even, and that you have a nice, crisp corner at the bottom edge. Repeat with the other flap on the opposite short side of your box. 
If at this point the edges of your fabric aren’t exactly aligned with the top rim of your box, don’t worry! The liners to make will cover up this part of the box. If the canvas sticks up taller than the rim of your box, though, I do recommend that you trim away the excess so that you liner will fit your box properly.
step 6 / Use the basket liner tutorial of your choice to make liners for your bins. There are so many great tutorials out there! For this set of bins, I used this tutorial from Make It and Love It, with the following modifications: instead of creating a casing as the tutorial details, I simply hemmed the edge of the liner, and then I added two button holes to the center front of each liner to thread a piece of coordinating ribbon through.
step 7 (optional) / Use your die cutting machine to cut coordinating numbers and/or letters from your vinyl to label the front of your bins. I labeled mine Nos. 1 through 3, but another great option would be to make a label to indicate the contents of each bin (movies, games, etc.). 
All finished!
Helpful hints and tips
Here is another terrific basket liner tutorial found at Sew 4 Home I might try on my next set. Peruse the blogosphere to find a basket liner tutorial or pattern that suits your tastes!
The fonts I used for the lettering on my bins are Engravers and Lobster.
No die cutting machine, but still wanting to label your bins? Stencils and acrylic paint are another great option!
Wanting to see more examples of these bins? Check out the set I made for my son’s nursery!
Please let me know if you have any questions at all!

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181 Responses to Lined Canvas Bins (from Diaper Boxes!)

  1. Sarah Masci February 7, 2011 at 12:19 pm #

    Wow, I absolutely LOVE this idea! Thank you so much for sharing this (and all of your other amazing tutorials)!!!

    • Amy February 12, 2013 at 8:20 am #

      These are fantastic! I’m about to make a TON of these! Thank you for the great tutorial. Can you tell me about how much canvas it takes to cover one box? Thanks!!!

      • Amy @ Positively Splendid February 13, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

        Hi, Amy! So glad you like this tutorial! The amount of fabric needed will vary depending upon the size of the box, but I would say it is a good bet to need between 1/2 to 1 yard of home dec fabric per box. I highly recommend using drop cloths for a more cost-effective alternative!

        • Raponzil March 1, 2013 at 10:38 am #

          They look lovely! Why did you use glue and not the spray adhesive for all the sides?

    • Mary Beth March 26, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

      OMG~! Unbelievably cute. Great idea. You are very clever! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Kristina @ A Home Made by Kiki February 7, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

    WOW!!!Brilliant! There is no way anyone would ever be able to tell that those are diaper boxes! Great job!

  3. Two Shades of Pink February 7, 2011 at 1:36 pm #

    NO WAY!!!! These are AMAZING! Another project for my never ending list.

  4. Kelli @ RTSM February 7, 2011 at 1:59 pm #

    What a great reuse of diaper boxes! I use diaper boxes to store some of my boys shoes, but I don’t fancy them up because they are hiding under the baby bed:)

  5. dizzytina February 7, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

    These are really fantastic well done i love them x x tina http://scratchycatcrafter.blogspot.com

  6. Amy February 7, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

    What a perfect idea! I have tons of those lying around!

  7. Delightful Order February 7, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

    These are adorable! I Love crafty stuff like this.
    Great Job!

  8. Amanda February 7, 2011 at 3:06 pm #

    I love this, thank you for sharing such a fab idea, at last some thing to do with these boxes!

  9. Erin February 7, 2011 at 3:47 pm #

    Those are absolutely, positively…FAN-FLIPPIN’-TASTIC!!!! πŸ™‚

  10. Amanda Dale February 7, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

    This is absolutely genius!!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  11. Jhen.Stark February 7, 2011 at 4:17 pm #

    Ok- so I’ve been a silent follower but I have to come out of my shell and seriously give you major props for this!!! BRILLIANT!

    I called my husband over to check these out because we’re in desperate need for storage and oddly enough we’ve just been using diaper boxes as they are… BOOO to our lack of creativity but YAY to yours! I love it and I’m so going to try to craft a few of these out!

  12. Baker Family February 7, 2011 at 4:42 pm #

    What a fantastic idea! They look perfect!



  13. Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com February 7, 2011 at 5:32 pm #

    Amazing Amy!!! I love it!!!

    I shared it on my TT&J facebook page πŸ™‚ I hope you are having a great day!!


  14. Samantha February 7, 2011 at 5:40 pm #

    This rocks!

  15. ReFresh ReStyle February 7, 2011 at 5:47 pm #


    All I need now are the diaper boxes! I have been organizing this week, and I need some cute containers! Thanks for thinking outside the (diaper) box!! Love it!!


  16. Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} February 7, 2011 at 5:49 pm #

    I’ve been waiting for this tutorial! Love, love, LOVE this project! I am so making some of these for the nursery and my little guys new big boy room. Thanks, Amy!

  17. Julie February 7, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

    I’m already sad that I have no more babies or diapers….now I’m even sadder, I need these boxes!!!!

  18. Brandy February 7, 2011 at 5:57 pm #

    BRILLIANT!!! We have the same Target diaper boxes. I am going to grab them out of the recycle pile in the garage and store them for future storage boxes (when I get a chance to pretty them up!) Thank!!


  19. Dawn February 7, 2011 at 6:05 pm #

    unbelievably awesome!! who would have thought that you started out with a diaper box! thanks for sharing-these are perfect!

  20. MELANIE February 7, 2011 at 6:06 pm #

    What an amazing project….as the mother of 5 youngest being 11 months and still in diapers! I can so appreciate this…I have tons of diaper boxes because they really are great for storing things. Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring.

  21. Eileen February 7, 2011 at 6:46 pm #

    OMG….I am about to start potty training my daughter and may put it off so I can stock up on diaper boxes!

  22. Organize with Sandy February 7, 2011 at 7:10 pm #

    This is a great idea! They look SO nice. I found this from Sumo’s Sweet Stuff. I would love for you to share it with my readers. I am working on offices this month and this would work great for an office bin.
    I’m going to give you the link since I’m not on blogger and it’s a pain to try and get to my link from google.
    Hope to see you there.

  23. Joy February 7, 2011 at 8:27 pm #

    Absolutely brilliant! And just as I am thru with diapers too….lol.

  24. Kimberly from "bugaboo" February 7, 2011 at 8:28 pm #

    Yea! I’m so glad you hared the how-to because I recently set aside several boxes for this express purpose and was just going to wing it. But now I don’t have to! Thanks!

  25. Moms of all Trades February 7, 2011 at 8:48 pm #

    LOVE THIS, deffinatly making some ASAP! Thank you if I post I will link back to you, Thanks!


  26. Alison February 7, 2011 at 11:00 pm #

    Amy, I cannot believe that you upcycled diaper boxes into something so clever and cute!!! I am in love! Thanks for this tutorial… I can see me making this in the future!!

  27. Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife February 8, 2011 at 12:23 am #

    These turned out SOO cute!!

  28. this blessed nest February 8, 2011 at 1:41 am #

    these turned out fabulous!!!

    holy cow. what a way to UPcycle!!!

    beautiful work.


  29. Tiffany February 8, 2011 at 7:01 am #

    Fantastic! I’m am going to try this tomorrow.

  30. craftytammie February 8, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

    genius. can’t wait to try this!!

  31. Emily February 8, 2011 at 6:13 pm #

    I’ve been doing something similar with the bulk wipes boxes but yours look much prettier, might be making some changes to mine! domesticdeadline.blogspot.com

  32. Laurie February 8, 2011 at 8:03 pm #

    OMG…this is GENIUS! Thank you thank you thank you for posting this tutorial. Now, crossing my fingers the the hubs hasn’t actually taken all those boxes to the recycling center already…

  33. - Brittany February 8, 2011 at 9:05 pm #

    Sew cute! I made one a while ago using scrapbook paper to cover them. But, it was a small recycling bin. I like your canvas ones much better!


  34. lauren@WESTFURNITUREREVIVAL February 8, 2011 at 11:35 pm #

    these bins drew me over to your blog. there great and i am your newest follower..


  35. Sawdust and Paperscraps February 9, 2011 at 12:46 am #

    Wow, those are super cute! Great recycling project.

  36. Elissa February 9, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

    This is so cool! I buy those exact brand of diapers too! Now I know what to do with the boxes.

  37. The Treasurista February 9, 2011 at 5:52 pm #

    Hop on over to the Party! Would love for you to link-up @


    The Treasurista
    Finding and Creating FUN things…

  38. Summer February 9, 2011 at 6:48 pm #

    Okay, AMAZING Amy! Seriously! I’ll be featuring these on my blog in a couple of weeks! You are awesome!

    Sumo πŸ™‚

  39. Jackie February 9, 2011 at 11:31 pm #

    You are amazing! I just LOVE this idea! I will be sharing your post on my blog next Tuesday – giving you ALL the credit, of course! This idea just made me your newest follower! I can’t wait to take a look around your blog!

    Jackie ~ http://itscrazycheap.blogspot.com/

  40. Malea February 10, 2011 at 12:48 pm #

    Love this! I too have an ever growing stash of diaper boxes. I knew they would be useful for something! πŸ™‚

  41. Jane February 10, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

    I just made the full sized storage bed from Knock Off Wood and have been searching for baskets or something to go in the cubbies. This just saved me tons of $$. These are perfect. Now to find the diaper boxes. Hope my friends didn’t see this tutorial. Those boxes might become a hot item! LOL

  42. Sheri@childmade.com February 10, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

    Thanks for sharing! I’ve posted a link and yours has made this week’s top 10 most popular, and will be featured in this week’s newsletter! Great job! (ps. I want some of these.)

  43. Joanna February 10, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

    This is absolutely brilliant!! I love the look of fabric bins, but have never been able to bring myself to pay that much money for one. With two still in diapers, I have at least 3 diaper boxes and 1 wipes box come through my house every month. Thank you so much for sharing!

  44. Maggie February 10, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

    These are really beautiful. Nice job!

  45. Charity February 10, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

    I love them! I want to go get me some canvas now!!

  46. Tracy Suzanne February 10, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

    Unbelievable Amy! I just saw this at Ucreate and Wow!!!! This was brilliant. and I love the lining fabric with the canvas. Just beautiful. Now to find someone with diaper boxes. I’m way past that age bracket.

    I’m looking forward to following you. Hope you’ll stop in and visit me at http://cottonpickincute.blogspot.com sometime.

    Hugs…Tracy πŸ™‚

  47. Kelly February 10, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

    Way to go!!! What an amazing inspiring idea!!!

  48. heartofacountryhome February 10, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    Beautiful containers and great tutorial!

  49. Kiera February 10, 2011 at 4:33 pm #

    now I’m thinking of all the other useless boxes I have around my house and where they might best fit once transformed into these cuties! can’t wait to make one or a zillion of these!

  50. Marie February 10, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

    Oh my!!!! Those are beautiful you are soooo talented, I’m not so sure they would turn out that wonderful for me. πŸ™‚

  51. Sommer February 10, 2011 at 4:51 pm #

    Not too often do I find myself expressing my thoughts so boldly but the firs thing that came to mind when I saw this was “That is effin genious!” lol. I’m going to posting adds on freecycle looking for pampers boxes lol. Thanks!

  52. Mary Ellen February 10, 2011 at 4:59 pm #

    Just think of all the money saved by not using those expensive store ones and they are soooooo much cuter!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

    Now I just need to find someone with diaper boxes!

    bee blessed

  53. Shanty 2 Chic February 10, 2011 at 5:06 pm #

    LOVE this idea! Just gave you a little shout out on our fb πŸ™‚

  54. shirley February 10, 2011 at 5:07 pm #

    I have had Huggies boxes in my bathroom for over a year now. I was going to Mod Podge them with paper, but I knew it wouldn’t last. Now canvas I love. Thank you for finishing my thought!

  55. Planned to a T Events February 10, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

    Don’t have diaper boxes anymore (my baby is 16) but I do get printer paper boxes! Do you know where you got the fabric for lining the boxes? It would go perfect in my office!
    Planned to a T Events

  56. Kim February 10, 2011 at 6:15 pm #

    Love it! Will definitely be making these.

  57. Nike February 10, 2011 at 7:10 pm #

    Absolutely ADORE! Love diaper box re-dos and your rocks! So classy and lovin’ the numbers.


  58. Holly February 10, 2011 at 7:47 pm #

    How creative and elegant. I would have never thought of this!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  59. Emily February 10, 2011 at 7:49 pm #


  60. Hanni February 10, 2011 at 8:14 pm #

    Sigh…this is AMAZING. Thanks for sharing!!!

  61. Melissa February 10, 2011 at 8:16 pm #

    Wonderful idea! I can’t wait to try this. Thanks for sharing!

  62. Creative Escapes February 10, 2011 at 8:49 pm #

    I LOVE THIS!!!! I too have an abundance of diaper and wipe boxes!!! Thank you!

  63. MeenyMoe February 10, 2011 at 9:01 pm #

    They look fabulous!!! Now if I only sewed…. πŸ™‚ – Karen

  64. This Chick February 10, 2011 at 9:06 pm #

    My first thought was, “oh no she di’int”. I have to tell you, if you never post anything this great ever again, know that you have inspired moms everywhere who have been breaking down and recycling those boxes for many years. Ah, I suppose one could start a blog solely on the multitude of repurposing diaper boxes…My son’s closet alone has one in use as a laundry bin, one for clothes that don’t fit in anymore to donate, one for clothes too big to put in the dresser yet. Gah! I have so much miscellaneous fabric just lying around this could get interesting!

  65. teamboyer February 10, 2011 at 9:39 pm #

    Saw this on Money Saving Mom and these are AMAZING!! Thanks so much for sharing a great way to reuse really any type of box to get some stylish storage!

  66. michelleml February 10, 2011 at 9:57 pm #

    Just love this idea. I have tons of these boxes. I use the flaps for mini fabric bolts. i just wrap my fabric around them. Great way to display your fabric


  67. simple~needs February 11, 2011 at 3:10 am #

    i love this idea! i posted a link to your great blog over on my blog page. girl, you are rockin’ in the crafts!!! your ideas are awesome!!!

  68. Angi @ Living in a creative bliss February 11, 2011 at 4:32 am #

    What a genius idea!!! I have been looking for some bins and haven’t been able to find any I liked. Now I can make my own. Thank you so much for sharing:) ~Angi

  69. Andrea February 11, 2011 at 4:53 am #

    Love them!

  70. Anna February 11, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

    Wow! I saw this on Money Saving Mom and absolutely love this idea!! I will definitely need to give this a try. πŸ™‚ Thank you!!!

  71. Tiffani Rose February 11, 2011 at 5:13 pm #

    How amazing! I am brand new to your blog, and I found it through Not JUST A Housewife!

    I love these containers! I am brand new to crafting, and I don’t sew at all, so I will have to make some adjustments, but I am excited to see what I can turn a diaper box into!! Thank you for the idea!!



    I would love it if you could follow my blog and give me some tips on my crafts! I would love to become a better crafter!

  72. Christine February 11, 2011 at 9:44 pm #

    Love this idea!!! I need to make three for my laundry room! Thank you for sharing this…gonna share it with my fb friends as well!

  73. Cook Clean Craft February 12, 2011 at 10:55 am #

    I’m using nappy boxes for storage in all sorts of places in my house. Thanks for the ideas to pretty them up!

  74. Allie February 12, 2011 at 5:33 pm #

    I just found your blog. in love. I am hyped to find this tutorial…I need to make these pronto!!!

  75. Debra February 12, 2011 at 8:27 pm #

    Thanks for allowing me to share this cool project on my site Amy!


  76. Creative Escapes February 13, 2011 at 3:27 am #

    I adore these! I am linking to you from my blog tomorrow. Love them!

  77. Lauren @ YoungNester February 13, 2011 at 11:37 pm #

    WOW! Great idea! I would love for you to link up any of your projects to my Ten Buck Tuesday link parties.

    I’m a new follower πŸ™‚


  78. Jess February 15, 2011 at 4:21 pm #

    I have been looking for a tutorial for this for ages. I’m in love with your blog now. I posted a link to this tutorial on http://www.simplemomsolutions.com

  79. Spunky Junky February 16, 2011 at 4:10 am #

    WOWZERS! This is amazing….I just showed it to my husband and he was like, “NO, you have way too many projects!” But really, can a girl have too many projects? This is soo awesome


  80. Jessica G. February 16, 2011 at 5:45 pm #

    Awesome re-purposing idea and amazing result — beautiful AND useful! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  81. mommynts February 16, 2011 at 8:04 pm #

    Great Idea! I saw this post the other day, and today decided to make a temporary fix to hide away some clutter, by wrapping Pull-Ups boxes with brown paper. I love the look and use so much, I’m going to go get some canvas or material to make them into canvas bins (or I might just use some other fabric). They are on an out-of the way shelf in the living room, so I just want it to look kinda nice, not ADORABLE like yours! I think I’m going to skip the inside lining too, for simplicity, and maybe just put a trim at the top.
    Thanks for the easy tutorial!

  82. gilspencer February 16, 2011 at 8:29 pm #

    Love this idea. I’ve done it with paper/scrapbook paper, but canvas lined would last much longer (and look nicer). And diaper boxes, oh do I have a collection always sitting in the garage ready to be broken down recycled. Instead I could save and repurpose them and save me a pretty penny on my next toy organizing solution (vs. Target’s ITSO system boxes at $10 a pop).

  83. Spunky Junky February 17, 2011 at 4:14 pm #

    So I am featuring your little lovelies on my blog tomorrow. I can’t stop staring at them…so gorgeous! Stop by and grab a button.


  84. Humble Homemaker February 18, 2011 at 8:25 am #

    Hi! I loved this idea so much that I featured it today on The Weekend Review party at Humble Homemaking. Check it out on the link below and feel free to grab a featured button for your blog! I hope you have a wonderful day. πŸ™‚


  85. Jamie February 18, 2011 at 5:21 pm #

    How funny. I have 2 wipes boxes and 2 diaper boxes that I have been saving to do something similar with. All of my craft supplies are still packed away somewhere in a mess of boxes, so it may be a while. Thank you for sharing. Be sure to add them Monday to the More The Merrier Link Party.


  86. Balancing stilettos and scrubs February 19, 2011 at 5:12 am #

    I love this! We are moving and I am looking for some lovely, great ideas that are affordable. Your blog is perfect! I love it! Thank you for sharing this idea, I found you on my good friends blog: Spunky Junky πŸ™‚ New follower!


  87. Jamie February 19, 2011 at 5:28 pm #

    I love these so much I featured them on my blog. Thank you so much for the great tutorial.

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  89. Mary Ellen February 20, 2011 at 10:29 pm #

    Love this idea and shared it in my Finding Beauty Post with my blog sisters this week- hope you don’t mind

    bee blessed
    Thanks for all your creativity!

  90. Beth Eaton February 21, 2011 at 6:45 pm #

    Hey Amy! I just made these of my own and I blogged about it linking back to you!! Thanks for the tutorial! I LOVE IT!!

  91. womensbiz February 22, 2011 at 3:26 pm #

    These storage boxes are absolutely beautiful! I am going to book mark and use this idea later!

    These would make great gifts. Also, what a great way to recycle!


  92. Craftin' Texan February 23, 2011 at 7:07 pm #

    Your boxes are beautiful!!! I’m glad to know I’m not the only one that saves all those diaper boxes πŸ™‚

  93. Wendy@Craft Goodies February 24, 2011 at 5:24 am #

    Such a fantastic idea and gorgeous to boot! I’m sharing these on my blog tomorrow 2/24.


    I’d also like to invite you to link up any of your amazing ideas to my linky party held every Friday-
    Thanks again for sharing-


  94. Ashley February 24, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

    I don’t have kids lol, but I’m so wanting to stock up on diapers for my future kids so I can have these boxes!


  95. HelenG February 24, 2011 at 9:06 pm #

    I spent the entire night updating boxes for my pantry and i have to tell you what a great way to recycle and update ANY space for cheap! I went from store to store looking for inexpensive and stylish bins to organize my pantry and the nicer the more expensive!!! So i went to hobby lobby purchased 20 dollars worth or modern fabric and now i have 8 different size bins in my pantry! thank you! πŸ˜‰

  96. Mary J February 25, 2011 at 4:20 pm #


    I love this idea and with a 6 months old I’ve got lots of boxes to use. I posted it up to my blog at the following link


  97. Courtney @ A Diamond in the Stuff February 26, 2011 at 2:02 am #

    I did a little feature for these on my blog: http://adiamondinthestuff.blogspot.com/2011/02/burlap-bins-kitchen-storage.html

    Thanks for the inspiration! I’m a new follower!

  98. Create It Fabulous February 26, 2011 at 5:09 pm #

    Hi, I’m featuring this post today on my blog πŸ™‚


  99. MultitaskMumma March 1, 2011 at 8:11 pm #

    I’m so glad I found you!!!!
    I love your ideas!
    This diaper box craft makes me positively giddy!!

  100. Shore Girl March 4, 2011 at 5:05 pm #

    Great tutorial and gorgeous boxes! Linking to this post in my second “Walk around Blog Land.”

  101. Jeanne March 7, 2011 at 3:56 pm #

    YOU are a Genius!!!

  102. moonstruckmama March 7, 2011 at 5:08 pm #

    This is such a cute idea, if you don’t mind I will definitely be sharing it on my blog, and giving all the credit where it is due of course! I always have diaper boxes kicking around, now I am going to put them to good use:)

    I would also like to add your site to m+
    y blogroll if that is okay with you:)

  103. Buy WoW Account March 8, 2011 at 6:25 am #

    Great craft! Fantastic idea it is!

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  104. gatheredinthekitchen March 8, 2011 at 6:35 pm #

    Wow! That is amazing! What an awesome transformation and idea! I love it! I think I will have to give that a try soon!

  105. Vixen March 9, 2011 at 11:59 pm #

    What a fabulous idea!!! As a mother of twins, I go through SO many diaper boxes! Thanks for the tutorial! Also, I’m a new follower! Check out my brand new blog vixenmade.blogspot.com

  106. Sommer March 11, 2011 at 4:56 pm #

    I commented before when you first did this but I still love it so much! This is a FANTASTIC project. Great idea! I would be delighted if you would link this to my VIP party today! http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/03/vip-party-6.html


  107. Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage March 15, 2011 at 9:04 pm #

    I heart these!! πŸ™‚ Thanks for auditioning for OMTWI! πŸ™‚

  108. Brandi Marchbank March 16, 2011 at 4:54 am #

    this is awesome!! i have never been so excited to buy diapers πŸ™‚ i gave some link love on my page blmcraftsandcreations.blogspot.com. Hope you don’t mind!

  109. Dhilma March 21, 2011 at 5:05 am #

    Hi There!
    Congrats on the new baby news! I saw your Lined bin box tutorial and knew I just had to make one. There are some things you keep atthe back of your mind telling yourself you will make it one day. And then there are those things that you just need to make-right then and there. Your bin box was one of them. I wend shopping for burlap (I wanted to use burlap instead of canvas) but did not come across any. Then I saw this rexine in a lovely yellow colour and I kne I had to make it from that. I both glued and sewed it onto the box using DMC thread and holes punched in using a punch needle. And used the second tutorial to make a liner. All came out great except that my son aged 19months likes it so much he tries to get into the box and sit inside!
    Thanks for a great idea!
    Dhilma (dhilmaa@yahoo.com)

  110. Anne April 2, 2011 at 5:17 pm #

    Found this tutorial from Ucreate…what a GREAT idea! I’ve been storing my son’s outgrown clothes in diaper boxes, but if I covered them with fabric and put labels on them, they’d look so much better! I’m going to have to start eyeing the sales for some heavy fabric….thanks so much for sharing!

  111. Heidi Smith April 14, 2011 at 6:05 am #

    great project!

    Not sure if this has been mentioned or not but canvas drop cloths purchased at the hardware store is usually cheaper than yardage and a perfect use for something like this!

  112. my3girlsmom April 15, 2011 at 1:22 am #

    I linked you in to my post today. Thanks for the inspiration.

  113. Andrea S. April 15, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

    I’m a sucker for anything you can make out of a cardboard box! πŸ™‚ Love it. They look store-bought!


  114. Angi @ CokiePop April 25, 2011 at 4:39 am #

    Great way to Go Green! Love this recycled project. Must try this soon! πŸ™‚

  115. Gab June 7, 2011 at 11:01 am #

    Hi Amy,

    Just wanted to pop over and let you know I shared your tutorial on my blog today, Here’s a link if you’d like to take a peek:


    Gab xx

  116. Sonal June 7, 2011 at 7:21 pm #

    Your idea have inspired me so much and I have pretty much stopped throwing these free storage goodness…I just posted a new post about how I used this idea on my blog.
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea.


  117. Anne June 22, 2011 at 7:04 pm #

    I gave this a try a few weeks ago….I cut a lot of corners so mine did not come out as awesome as yours, but they still did the trick. Thanks for the tip about the canvas dropcloth…I still have tons of it left so I’ll probably make even more of these bins. :o)


  118. Andie June 26, 2011 at 12:10 am #

    I absolutely love this! I have boxes galore, though not so much diaper boxes πŸ™‚
    I’m a new follower, and you are now at 2500!

  119. Sweet Peas and Bumblebees July 16, 2011 at 7:33 pm #

    Oh my gosh, I just found these on Pinterest and I LOVE LOVE them! What a great idea for all of those diaper boxes!!

  120. Heather July 30, 2011 at 9:29 pm #

    I made something similar to these awhile back too! Fun to see a new method! http://bellesbazaar-heather.blogspot.com/2011/01/diaper-boxes-turned-storage-boxes.html

  121. Farah Muzaffar August 12, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

    Oh sure what a lovely projects it is … totall amazing… so perfect with a practical approach… you done it so beautifully Thanks a lot for sharing…

  122. Carrie's The Created Home August 13, 2011 at 1:58 am #

    I Love what you created! I came across your post in a search I did weeks ago and have been thinking about you ever since. So glad found you again! I am now a follower! Yay! Hope you stop by and say hi sometime!

  123. Michele Alger August 15, 2011 at 7:27 am #

    Doo-wa-diddy-diddy-dum…I am SO gonna make these! I could make hundreds of them!! Thanks for sharing πŸ˜‰ *swak*

  124. Jess@Drops of Motherhood August 23, 2011 at 6:50 pm #

    New follower here. Wow I love this idea. I can’t wait til we have some diaper boxes. πŸ™‚

  125. Mary September 15, 2011 at 4:51 pm #

    I love this idea. I just have one question. Is there a reason you used spray adhesive on the long sides and liquid glue on the short side? Instead of spray adhesive on the whole thing?

  126. Amy @ Positively Splendid September 15, 2011 at 7:17 pm #

    Hi, Mary! I did it that way, just because I knew the corner seams needed to be the strongest, and I wasn’t confident that the spray adhesive would be strong enough. Thanks for reading!

  127. Classy Clutter September 30, 2011 at 3:05 am #

    Saw this on pinterest and HOLY COW!!! That’s amazing!!!

    They look gorgeous!

    Thanks for sharing!

  128. real indiana housewife October 4, 2011 at 8:41 pm #

    I know i’m not the only one to say this even just today or in the last hour or anything….but I found this on Pinterest….and I can’t believe I didn’t think of this sooner…YOU JUST MADE MY WHOLE WEEK!! =)

  129. Dixie October 6, 2011 at 4:28 am #

    You.Are.A.Genius! Pinning this one!(I currently have 2 boxes in my possession!)

  130. Shelly @A Creative Space December 8, 2011 at 6:27 pm #

    Genius!! And generous for sharing your idea! Yours turned out so well. πŸ™‚

  131. Lori Sanders December 13, 2011 at 2:45 am #

    Just wondering how much supplies cost.

  132. PriceBook December 21, 2011 at 9:51 pm #

    After seeing this post, I am SOO following you! Keep it up!

  133. Jenn @ Peas and Crayons December 30, 2011 at 7:00 pm #

    These are the prettiest DIY baskets I’ve ever seen! great job chica!!!! <3 I love the bows and numbering as a great little touch to set them apart!


  134. Vicki Dutcher January 28, 2012 at 4:11 am #

    TOTALLY FABULOUS!! I am so doing this rather then baskets for my craft room! RFS!

  135. erwicker February 4, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    I’m already sad that I have no more babies or diapers….now I’m even sadder, I need these boxes!!!!

    wicker storage baskets

  136. missmandie February 7, 2012 at 6:40 am #

    I never comment on posts like this, but I had to tell you this is BRILLIANT!!!! Thank you for sharing!

  137. stassyrose February 9, 2012 at 1:00 am #

    I’m new to doing crafts, but this looks easy enough to try. Can you help with step 1 though…I’m not understanding how to take the measurements. Sorry! This will be my first craft πŸ™‚ thank u for your help!

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  139. Kim @ The Educators' Spin On It February 17, 2012 at 1:16 am #

    I absolutely love this tutorial and can’t wait to try it out with all the boxes I have saved just for this project. I shared your link on our page today for suggestions on how to Create and Store Toy Stations for Babies and Toddlers. Hope you get a chance to check it out. http://theeducatorsspinonit.blogspot.com/2012/02/baby-time-ideas-for-creating-and.html

  140. Kin February 29, 2012 at 6:12 pm #

    The positive side of having to deal with pampers! I’m definitely going to try it..I just wish I didn’t throw that box away just this morning!

  141. Suzanne March 1, 2012 at 7:11 pm #

    I am so glad I saw this (I read about it on Jen’s IHO blog). Great idea!

  142. Alexis Perron March 1, 2012 at 7:19 pm #

    I am in love with this idea. I was actually thinking about reusing our pile of diaper boxes this week, and I’m glad I ran into this post because I know it’ll work great!

  143. shiach March 29, 2012 at 9:39 pm #

    Thank you so much !!! This is wonderful, I have been creating boxes for several weeks now (instead of recycling them at work, I bring them home) and using up some fabric stash. I love it !!!!

  144. Hobby Lobby April 18, 2012 at 6:54 pm #

    Hey Positively Splendid! I’m the Social Media Coordinator for Hobby Lobby! I just wanted to let you know we loved this idea so much we pinned it to our Upcycling board on Pinterest! Here’s the link! http://pinterest.com/pin/85568461640294674/ Also, we posted this project on our Facebook page! Here’s the link to that as well! http://ow.ly/amQ8e Have a wonderful day!

  145. Maria Daubert April 18, 2012 at 7:02 pm #

    Gorgeous boxes! Love your ideas!

  146. Kellie April 28, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    These are BEAUTIFUL! Thank you so much for sharing πŸ™‚

  147. Amanda Turner May 18, 2012 at 3:03 am #

    I tried it and they turned out great! I’ve posted about it on my blog http://dillydallydoodles.blogspot.com/2012/05/home-storage-baskets-out-of-boxes.html

    Thanks for sharing!

  148. Dianne Grover May 22, 2012 at 9:19 am #

    Those diaper boxes don’t really look like containers for diapers after the makeover! Thanks for this interesting idea, and for sure those who went over this page can come with more ideas out of the same moving boxes cheap .

  149. Ronette June 19, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

    This tutorial was good for my soul Thank you so much!

  150. Dianne Grover July 23, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    Knowing the items that you often need from the ones that you can already keep in storage is important so that you will know where to place them. With the help of boxes and other storage Tulsa OK solutions (for instance) , your home or workplace will be clutter-free and you no longer have to worry about misplacing any of them.

  151. Tiffany Helen Marshall August 8, 2012 at 8:42 pm #

    do you remember how much fabric you started out before cutting it for the surrounding the box?

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid August 8, 2012 at 9:53 pm #

      Tiffany, it was approximately 3/4 yard. The amount will vary depending upon the size of your box. I hope this helps!

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid August 8, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

      Tiffany, it was approximately 3/4 yard. The amount will vary depending upon the size of your box. I hope this helps!

  152. Leianne Stevens August 21, 2012 at 2:48 pm #

    Hi Amy :-]

    I have been Pinning your stuff for awhile now {hope you don’t mind!} and I absolutely love this idea/tutorial.

    When I moved from Iowa to Missouri in March, I had packed up a lot of my daughter’s things in her old diaper boxes and then when I unpacked them I broke them down and stored them figuring that I’d find a use for them eventually. Now I have, thanks to you. :-]

    Keep up the good work! I absolutely love reading your blog :-]

  153. geetha iyer October 9, 2012 at 5:00 am #

    Its just amazing.. love the contrast between the canvas and the cloth.. Lovely idea.. Have to try it out!!!

  154. movers Nebraska November 26, 2012 at 10:32 pm #

    This is just amazing! Not only did you come up with beautiful canvas bins but you also contributed to the mission of saving the Earth. This idea of yours will certainly inspire others to do the same or create other useful things from recycled materials. Thank you for sharing this post.

  155. Cindy November 27, 2012 at 11:26 pm #

    I’m no beginner to crafting and upcycling/repurposing items (old or new) around the house, and i love your idea of turning diaper boxes into storage bins. My only issue is your steps are bumched together with very little pictures for each and every step provided. Unless its a planned out video fm step 1 to the end, can you provide more pictures of each and every step you did (minus the repeated steps)? Its greatly appreciately for a cool project. Thanks

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid November 28, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

      Hi, Cindy! The photos in the original tutorial are all I took of the process. I think you’ll find that along with the detailed step-by-step written instructions, I’ve provided a comprehensive tutorial for how this project is completed. Thanks for stopping in!

  156. Jen December 18, 2012 at 8:23 am #

    These are a fantastic idea, love the ones you did for the nursery!

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid December 21, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

      Thanks so much, Jen!

  157. Carolyn December 23, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

    This would also work great with computer paper boxes- those great lidded boxes that we just throw in the recycling bin at work! I have tons of them at home storing this and that and they need some gussying up, thanks!

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid December 31, 2012 at 8:23 am #

      Computer boxes would be perfect! Thanks for the tip.

      • Linda August 14, 2013 at 10:39 am #

        I am wondering if you have an idea for lids for these boxes, then they could be stacked.

  158. Hollis March 28, 2013 at 12:43 am #

    With a two-year old still in diapers, I have lots of these boxes laying around. I just have not wanted to throw them away because I know I can use them for something. Now that I just got my first sewing machine, I am less afraid of fabric, and I will try this out! Thanks!

  159. Cynthia March 29, 2013 at 10:13 pm #

    I am thrilled to discover the directions for covering these boxes. No, I don’t have diaper boxes, but I do have some very sturdy ones for purchasing coffee for my Keurig at a big box store. Thanks!

  160. Jane November 4, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

    Hi, great tutorial. I was wondering where you purchased the heavy canvas fabric? Any idea on price per yard?


    • Amy @ Positively Splendid November 6, 2013 at 6:18 am #

      Hi, Jane! I found my canvas at Hobby Lobby, but since I wrote this tutorial, I have discovered that canvas drop cloths available at places like Lowe’s and Home Depot work perfectly, and they are much cheaper per yard.

  161. Renee November 5, 2013 at 10:07 pm #

    I love this! I’ve been looking for containers for my granddaughter’s room….she has soooo much stuff…I will be making these…thanks for sharing….

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid November 6, 2013 at 6:16 am #

      Terrific, Renee! So glad you found this tutorial helpful.

  162. Marilyn January 6, 2014 at 8:44 am #

    Love these! Thanks for the tutorial!

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