Wednesday, January 15, 2014

10 stylish DIY storage boxes

If you're feeling the need to tidy up for the new year, here are 10 stylish DIY storage boxes. To qualify for this list, they had to be easy to make, cheap to make and/or aesthetically fabulous.

There is no point in time-consuming DIY storage when there is IKEA in the world.

Above, no-sew felt storage boxes from Design and Form. Easy, stylish, cheap.

Abstract art paper boxes from Design Sponge. Easy and cheap for items that aren't too heavy since it's made from craft paper.

DIY storage boxes with a button closure from Skona Hem. Not easy but sure good looking.

Here's a storage idea from Jebiga Design Magazine. Not super practical for most of us, but if you have boxes you can't put out of sight, make them into artwork.

My own storage boxes, made from discarded blueprints. I made these four years ago and still use them. Practically free and not too hard.

On the left, inspiration from Scandinavian Deko. Sometimes plain old cardboard looks pretty good, especially with a nice consistent label (you could also try a bright washi tape.) On the right, cover round boxes with images of texture for a nature inspired look from  Craft and Creativity.

Fabric covered cardboard boxes turned into storage totes with the addition of thrift-store belts from Brit & Co.

My own faux ikat covered storage boxes. I've had these over four years and still use them.

DIY IKEA box makeover from Whimsy Darling. Plain white boxes are made artful with black paint.

A bit more of a storage folder than a storage box, but too cool to pass up, a DIY box from from Design and Form.

Do you buy or DIY your storage?


  1. Love the artwork storage box idea ... it reminds me of those puzzles that have one open slot and you have to move the pieces around until you complete the picture. Sure those puzzles have a name, anyone? Also great idea to repurpose belts as handles for homemade boxes ... or even to add to baskets already owned. I need to come up with a way to store all the accessory stuff (charging bricks, power and other cords, etc) that come with today's cool mobile devices. Really, the devices may be small but all their stuff that needs to be stored really adds up! If I come up with a clever solution or good diy storage I"ll let you know.

    1. Please do! Currently I use one of the shallow shelves from my Expedit bookcase. There's a power strip tucked in the back and we stack our laptop and iPads on the shelf for charging.

  2. I want to focus on making more storage solutions this year. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. This post reminds me how badly I need to organize. Thanks. I think. ;)

    1. Hey, long time, no hear. I badly need to organize, too. That's what freezing cold snowstorms are good for - making us stay at home and organize.

  4. Really digging your faux ikat boxes--not sure how I missed them the first time around but I'm glad you shared them again.

    Plus, those no-sew felt boxes? That's pretty clever.

  5. Beautiful! In light of maintenance, when using paper to repurpose and decorate boxes, plastic wrap another layer over to protect your newly covered boxes from dampness and getting damaged. It may ruin the texture of your design, so have a think on how long you'd like to keep them.