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DIY Ideas-Make Your Own Decorative Storage Boxes

Updated on December 30, 2013
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There is a large variety of storage solutions available, and there is no shortage of stuff requiring storage containers: seasonal items, art supplies, keepsakes, and important documents are all items that need safekeeping. Decorative boxes are a great solution to hide away items not in use and as long as you can find one that suits your style and décor you’re all set. However, these boxes can be pricey depending on size, style and where you purchase it. An affordable alternative is to make your own decorative storage boxes. Decorating storage boxes adds a nice personal touch and enhances the box with beauty bound to match your style. The boxes you choose can be cardboard boxes, milk crates, fruit crates or just anything you have around the house. To decorate you get to choose your personal preference of fabric, paint, wood finish, or decorative stamps. Shoe boxes, cardboard boxes, and canvas storage bins are also excellent options for mini self-storage. Storage boxes may be any size and using them can add storage to your existing space in closets, under beds, and just setting out as part of the existing décor.

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Fabric Boxes

Measure the surface of the box precisely. You will not want a piece of fabric that ends up hanging off edges or fitting loosely. Remember you will need two separate pieces, and possibly three. One for the outside of the box, one for the lid, and possibly one more for the interior. Mix and match colors and patterns for added aesthetic appeal. Applying is simple: using either a hot glue gun or fabric glue, apply the fabric to the bottom of the box first. Make sure that you have accurately measured the distance of the box edges from the edges of the fabric so that it is even. Using a flat piece of throwaway wood or cardboard as a table, mark out the exact location where the box is going to rest on the fabric. Apply the glue, but not too liberally, to the fabric, then lower the box onto the fabric where it should rest. Place a heavy object in the box to solidify the adhesive and let it rest for an hour or so. Then fold up one edge, attach with glue, stretching firmly to avoid bubbles. When this side is dry, cut directly down the side of the box, leaving just a half-inch or so to overlap. Repeat this process for all sides, and then repeat the whole process for the lid. Trim any excess fabric away from the edges and allow the glue to adhere completely before assembling the box. When it is covered and dry, apply any other decorations you desire.

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Old Wooden Boxes

Wooden crates were often used a half-century ago for transporting fruit and liquor, but have fallen mostly out of style at this point for this purpose. Since it is such a popular trend now for furniture and storage items to have a weathered, lived-in look, wooden boxes can fit right in with this theme and can provide the storage you need for your home. This is great for people on a budget because these items can be easy to come by. First, ask a local business if you can have or buy any wooden boxes that might end up in the trash. (Don’t just pilfer through businesses’ dumpsters; in most cases this is illegal.) Antique stores will also often have these available somewhat cheap. Once you have a few in your possession, simply apply a new stain or a coat of paint, or even spray paint them through a stencil with your names. Then simply place them on shelves or under the coffee or end tables. They keep all of your knick-knacks out of the way but look fashionable and rustic while doing so.

When it comes to self storage, be creative. Many cost effective and eye-catching projects can provide both a decorative look and additional storage for your home.

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    • Better Yourself profile imageAUTHOR

      Better Yourself 

      4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Skye! So glad your are enjoying the hubs, and thanks for taking the time! The wood crates have been the favorite so far :)

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      skye2day 

      4 years ago

      betteryourself Wow I really like this hub. Nice writing and I love the pictures. I just read about your awesome works through Jackie. She is a sweetheart indeed. She was right on about your writing. It is amazing. You have many topics. I have been looking at storage ideas. I will use this hub as a referral. So nice to meet you. I will return. I really like the wood crates, very nice. Hugs Galore Skye

    • Better Yourself profile imageAUTHOR

      Better Yourself 

      4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks CraftytotheCore! Agreed, the wooden boxes are great and add so much character!

    • Better Yourself profile imageAUTHOR

      Better Yourself 

      4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Jackie! Creating decorative storage boxes is a fun weekend DIY project, hope you have success if you attempt your own!

    • CraftytotheCore profile image

      CraftytotheCore 

      4 years ago

      These are great ideas! I love the transformed wooden boxes too. Those do look lovely.

    • sujaya venkatesh profile image

      sujaya venkatesh 

      4 years ago

      cho chweet bet

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Very interesting; I may try some of this, sure looks doable! ^ +

    • Better Yourself profile imageAUTHOR

      Better Yourself 

      4 years ago from North Carolina

      Very much agree, FlourishAnyway!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      4 years ago from USA

      I especially like old wooden boxes. There is beauty is recycling and upcycling.

    • Better Yourself profile imageAUTHOR

      Better Yourself 

      4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks RTalloni - You are so right about the leftover fabric as your storage boxes will match the rest of the room décor!

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      RTalloni 

      4 years ago from the short journey

      Was looking at storage options this morning and making your own is a great way to go, especially if you have leftover fabric from curtains or upholstery/throw pillows. Agreed, though, rustic drawers/boxes are a neat addition to storage solutions.

    • Better Yourself profile imageAUTHOR

      Better Yourself 

      4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks rustedmemory for stopping by! Agreed - they have lots of character and charm and are generally pretty sturdy and durable.

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      David Hamilton 

      4 years ago from Lexington, KY

      Old wooden boxes are the way to go. So beautiful and loads of character.

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