Recycling an old Huggies cardboard box into a storage bin

As most mommies out there, I bet most of you have plenty of these boxes laying around..

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I have grown tired of breaking these down for the recycle bin, especially when I could always use an extra storage bin! These boxes are nice and sturdy, so I thought it would make a good toy box for JP. To make it more palatable for my living room, I decided to cover mine with leftover fabric I used for my dining room curtains.

First, I cut all the flaps off with a large pair of scissors

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Then I measured each panel, and added 2 inches to each side. So if yours measures 20″ x 10″, you will need to cut a piece that is 22″ x 12″. The extra fabric is needed to fold over, so you have nice, neat edges. I made fabric panels for both the inside and outside of the box.

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Using the iron, press out the 1″ allowance on each side of the panels, so they are sharp and crisp.

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Once you have nice, neat fabric rectangles with folded edges, you can begin hot-gluing the panels to the box. If I had my time back, I would have painted the box white, because the you can still see some of the red huggies box beneath the fabric.

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Mommy’s little helper :P

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Once I had all the fabric glued on, then I finished some of the seams with some black ribbon, just to add some dimension.

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See the Huggies shining through? *sigh* I should have painted the box underneath white. Oh well, you can learn from my mistake!

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Here it is in action! Cleeeenup time!

Jayna

Hi, I’m Jayna, a Wylie mom blogger living near Plano, Texas. I’m a Dessert love & recipe maker. Mom to a rowdy little boy. Coffee lover. Beloved wife and creator of Bellabyte Design Studio. Connect with me, I’d love to hear from you!

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Comments

  1. Thanks for this idea! I have so many diaper boxes just waiting around till I found something useful for them. Now I know what to do with them and all the extra fabric I have leftover from other crafts.

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