Thursday, August 28, 2014

DIY Storage Bins

Happy Wednesday all. Today I'd thought I'd share how to make these DIY Storage Bins that I originally shared on A Peek Into My Paradise a bit ago.

In our living room we have a little piece of furniture with two shelves that holds newspapers and magazines. For a while now, I've been trying to find some storage bins to go in the shelves to hide all the paper clutter, but I just couldn't find anything I liked. So I finally decided to just make some myself! Here is what I did:

What you need:
  • Cardboard box
  • X-acto knife
  • Yarn
  • Hot Glue
  • Fabric
  • Sewing Machine
First, I found a box that fit both length-wise and depth-wise. {This took a while, believe me!}

I really lucked out with this box because not only did it fit length-wise and depth-wise, but when I cut it in half it fit height-wise, too! To cut the box I measured half way and used my x-acto knife.

Next, I wrapped each box half with yarn using my hot glue gun.

I stopped adding yarn when I got close to the top because I knew I was going to add fabric on the top.

Each box half was 15 inches long and 12.5 inch wide. For my fabric pieces I added an inch for seam allowances {1/2 for each side) and made them 8 inches wide, long enough to fit around the box. In total I cut 2 16x8  and 2 13.5x8 fabric pieces per box.

Next, I folded the long sides 1/4 inch then 1/4 inch again and sewed to make a finished edge. Then, I sewed together the shorter pieces to the longer pieces on the unfinished edges {right sides together} with a 1/2 seam allowance.

Finally, I put the completed fabric pieces on the top of each box half. I had about 2.5 inches of fabric showing on the top then tucked the rest of it inside the box. To secure the fabric, I added hot glue on the inside and outside.

And done!

I love how they turned out and now the paper is completely hidden! Here is how that piece of furniture now looks with the rest of my decor. Pretty darn good! If you missed the details of my gallery wall you can check it out here.



  1. Who needs to buy storage boxes when there is such a great DIY idea! Thank you so much for sharing! It's easy to make and cheap!

    1. Thank you Millie! I'm so glad you like them. : )