Ok, so you have cardboard boxes laying around… Maybe it’s after the holidays, or maybe you have a corner in your garage where the box heap grows with each Amazon delivery and Costco trip. The question is, can you do something with these, other than flatten them down for the recycle bin? Well, we have the answer for that… Turn them into cool, up-cycled storage! Have you even taken a peek at those expensive boutique style storage crates? If they aren’t plastic my friends, they are cardboard. And these projects are much cheaper than those boring, or even downright ugly plastic bins. So DIY these easy storage projects and create storage projects that are inexpensive, and can be custom designed for you! So let’s do it, make storage out of those up-cycled cardboard boxes!




This first project is from Jen at ‘I Heart Organizing‘. She’s a BHG Best Blog winner for a reason! She took some plain cardboard boxers and turned them into these really fresh and cute DIY fabric bins. Tons of great step by step photos for this tutorial, and make sure you spend time looking around her site… One of the best around!

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Alicia from ‘Thrifty & Chic‘ knows how to use a cardboard box… Oh and old sweaters? This entire DIY storage box project is up-cycled, and oh, my, gorgeous. This is a diaper box, folks… Go to her tutorial now, so cute!

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We love Lauren at ‘Bless’er House‘… Why? Well, it’s reasons like this weathered wood DIY storage box that is really a recycled diaper box! How does she do this??? Ok, well the good news is, she shows you how you can do it, and who wouldn’t want these for easy storage projects? And you can’t beat the price, right?

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Make this DIY desk organizer from Lori at ‘Stonybrook House‘ from cereal boxes! Yes, a little contact paper makes it pretty, and you can make one of your own for less than a buck. Let me tell you, drawer organizers have turned my junk drawer into a neat space, even a year later… That has never happened in my life. Ah, the simple things, yet again!

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Anna from ‘Noodlehead‘ has a mail organizer tutorial for you, complete with a free pattern. This is just what I need, my mail ends up stuck in a drawer, piled on top of each other, ’till I finally get to pulling out the bills. :(  Cereal boxes, fabric and a few craft supplies!

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These hanging file boxes are repurposed from those Costco style cardboard boxes no one knows what to do with, ’cause they have no lids. Heather at ‘Small Fry & Co‘ is another little bit of a genius! Go check out all her step by step photos…

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These faux galvanized metal boxes by Carrie from ‘Curb to Refurb‘ are hard to believe they came from up-cycled cardboard cheese boxes. She has a lot of great tips on how to use this painting technique on other things too! Big fan of industrial style, this tip will be going into my box of tricks.

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Diane from ‘In My Own Style‘ made this scrapbook paper organizer for her craft room out of boxes, but this is a project that could be used for office organization as well. Easy, fast, cheap! Love!

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From Michelle at ‘Iron & Twine‘, this belt strap DIY  storage bin is perfect for even the most public areas of your home… I love the idea of adding the leather belt straps, and she did this with cardboard and a thrift store trip. Really pretty and functional project, that also happens to be very budget friendly.

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From ‘Wanessa Carolina Creations’ via ‘Catch My Party‘. These DIY storage boxes come with free editable and printable labels!Got Boxes? Easy Up-Cycled Storage Projects

Finally, we have these covered cardboard storage boxes from Ashley at ‘Make It, Love It… These are great because she uses a technique to make them extra strong and sturdy… And they turned out so pretty! Great project for craft rooms or kids rooms.

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These easy storage projects from up-cycled cardboard boxes are clever and cheap storage ideas. In addition try our post on DIY dollar store organizing ideas.

Image Credits: Thrifty & Chic, I Heart Organizing, Bless'er House, Stonybrook House, Noodlehead, Small Fry & Co, Curb to Refurb, In My Own Style, Iron & Twine, Catch My Party, Make It Love It


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  1. Joyce @ QN January 8, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    These were some awesome finds. Thanks for sharing – I’ve been ‘pinning’ some of them :)

  2. Jacqueline Haynes January 20, 2016 at 6:01 am

    Amazing ideas! I will definitely do some of those storing boxes and ways. Thanks for sharing:)

  3. Patricia Anderson March 18, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    That diaper box is adorable I can’t believe you made it out of cardboard boxes! My sister is having a baby shower soon and I’m low on money! This is going to be the perfect diy gift for her baby shower! All I need to do is find an old sweater and cardboard box. I’ll check out the instructions and I hope it turns out!

  4. Janice Howard January 6, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Love, love all these ideas. Gonna do several of them to organize, well, everything!

  5. Molly December 28, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    I did that first to use as a container for art supplies that was sold at a school fundraiser, and it turned out beautifully!

    1. Molly December 28, 2017 at 7:35 pm

      *first one (the first project listed)

  6. SHEAN June 16, 2018 at 12:27 am

    Thanks for sharing these, Looks like a lot of great ideas…I’ll have to come back & look more closely very soon!:)

  7. jAs October 21, 2020 at 12:35 pm

    wassup maybe using this for a science project.


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