Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Lined Canvas Diaper Box

You can find almost anything on Pinterest…it’s true. Upon wasting my time searching the other day, I found a fantastic tutorial on upcycling diaper boxes. Hmmm…what could I do with this? Oh, yes – toys scattered all about our living room floor: check, a desire to get said toys put away when not in use: check, cute fabric laying there staring at me: check! I decided to take on this project!


I changed some things from this tutorial I found, but you could use either hers or mine. They are basically the same.
 My pictures are definitely not as good as hers :) And the boxes in the pictures are sometimes different as I have done a few of these.

What you’ll need
Diaper Box
Canvas fabric (1 yard covered two diaper boxes)
Measuring tape
Spray adhesive
Craft glue
Scissors (or rotary cutter and mat)


Here’s how
          Cut the flaps off of your box. Might I suggest using an x-acto knife? Scissors were a big pain to work with! Tape the handles down on the sides of the box, making a little more support and backing for the canvas.

 
 


     Measure the outside width and length of the box. I found that ironing my canvas prior to adhesion worked best. Cut canvas to those measurements.

 Width
 Length
 Cut your fabric
Mine was 25 x 31

              Center your box on the canvas. (Pull up the sides to make sure it’s right in the middle…try both the short and the long sides. You DON’T want to get half glued on only to find out it wasn’t in the center!) 

      Measure out from corner of the box (to the corner of your fabric) 2 inches and mark it with a pin. [The optional tutorial used a disappearing ink marker, but with black fabric…eh, a pin worked just fine.] Then cut a straight line from your pin to both the outsides of your fabric. (You will end up cutting out a fabric square- you won’t need it.) Do this with all the corners and it will be a cross when finished. 

Don’t forget to cut the 2 inches from the pin toward the box.


             Spray your adhesive on the long sides of box and pull up the canvas sides. Smooth out the fabric. Do this on both side of the box. (Unfortunately no picture for this.) Go ahead and spray a small strip of adhesive on the short ends of your box and fold over the extra fabric.

 

 On your short side “flap” apply a line of craft glue as if continuing a line from the box. 

Fold over the extra fabric so it's even with the box and smooth it out. 

        Do this on both sides so that the folded fabric is aligned with your box. Now spray the short side of the box with adhesive and lift fabric onto it and smooth it out. Repeat on the other side.

   If the canvas goes above your box simply cut it off (or leave it!) and if it is a bit too short, don’t worry about it. The liner should cover it!

Semi-finished product




The tutorial for the fabric liner can be found here! Enjoy!






Thank you for all your kind posts!
Questions? Go ahead and ask away. I will try to keep the answers updated on this same post. 


Using wallpaper instead of canvas: I imagine wallpaper would work great since I used a spray adhesive rather than hot glue or regular glue. In fact, any fabric will most likely work. I used canvas as I thought that it would stand up to wear and tear better than others. 


Using canvas on the inside: You could totally continue the canvas on the inside instead of sewing a liner! Just make your "cross" sections longer!


Do you think I could get away with doing the whole thing with liquid glue instead of spray adhesive? Using regular glue or even hot glue would most likely work; however, you may get bubbles and bumps after it dries. The box might also warp a little bit. If you try it, go ahead and let me know! I'd love to hear if it works! 

75 comments:

  1. Great job. I may have to try this too!

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  2. Thank you, Nina! You should try it! And if you do, I hope you have fun! :)

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  3. Cute idea! I did something similar for my wedding.

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  4. GREAT idea! I might have to try this when I have a free day for all my boys toys, thank you for sharing! =)

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    1. Microwave boxes are strong or copy machine boxes would be great if you would like a lid
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  5. This is an AWESOME idea! I have a 21 month old, so I ALWAYS have these boxes on hand!

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  6. If you don't have boxes, go to your local McDonald's, and request that they save their "Shake mix" boxes. They're super sturdy, and the perfect size!

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  7. I will be trying this the next time I buy a box of diapers! :) Thank you!

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  8. how did you finish the top of the box??

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    1. If you are wanting the liner tutorial, it can be found here (http://designsbymke.blogspot.com/2012/01/fabric-liner.html). If you were just wondering about the canvas, I simply cut off any extra fabric, but it could certainly be folded over and kept down with spray adhesive.

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  9. This i need to try! Just emptied a box of diapers. Hoping you will post your liner tutorial as I'm brand new to sewing and the other tutorial seems complicated to me ;)

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    1. If you haven't checked it out, I finished the liner tutorial! :)
      http://designsbymke.blogspot.com/2012/01/fabric-liner.html

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  10. Ditto what Brandie said. I don't sew and would love more details on your method!

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  11. I'm going to try this using left over wallpaper to cover the boxe. Thanks for showing the method to measure and cut material for the box.

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  12. Now I can put all my boxes to good use:) Thank you!

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  13. I would love it if you could show how you did it with the less sewing required!

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  14. Do you think you could repeat the method used for the outside on the inside? I am not great at my sewing machine and as Sara and Brandie stated the one liner link you posted looks a little beyond my capabilities. :)

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  15. I love this idea... Ive been wanting some nice boxes, but can't afford the ones from the store. Ill absolutely have to get some fun fabric and try this!

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  16. Have you posted your liner tutorial yet? I am not a sewer. I can sew by hand if I had to (buttons, holes in pockets) and I keep hoping that your tutorial would be an easy sew. I love that the outside cover was adhesive! Thanks! This might actually make a pretty way to organize my office. Thanks!!

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    1. I posted my tutorial for the liner, it can be found here:
      http://designsbymke.blogspot.com/2012/01/fabric-liner.html

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  17. Wonderful tutorial! I read both yours and the one you were inspired by, and honestly, I like yours a bit better! Do you think I could get away with doing the whole thing with liquid glue instead of spray adhesive? I'm trying to get better about using what I have instead of buying more supplies, hehe. :)

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    1. Using regular glue or even hot glue would most likely work; however, you may get bubbles and bumps after it dries. The box might also warp a little bit. If you try it, go ahead and let me know! I'd love to hear if it works!

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  18. I wish I had thought of this YEARS ago! My oldest is now 11 & my youngest 5. this is a great idea!

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  19. Thank you for sharing this, you inspired me to make my own! I shared mine on my blog with a link back here, again thanks!
    Amy @ http://yellowhouseon3rd.blogspot.com

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  20. This is an amazing idea. I actually used pink plush for the outside (you can see through it) but it turned out well for my first time trying it. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. I've been wanting to do something like this, but hadn't a clue how to start. Thanks for sharing this great idea.
    I laughed so hard at your first line about Pinterest--oh so true!

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  22. I didn't have diaper boxes so I purchased a "nylon,canvas type" basket at the dollar store,some even had a handle on the outside, and just had to make the liner....beautiful,and and cost a lot less, thanks for sharing

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  23. I did this today with fleece instead of canvas because it was something I had on hand in abundance. Because of how thick the material is, you can see where the fabric is folded over, but you can't see the globs of dried hot glue. I don't have the sewing machine to do a liner (nor do I have the skill, time, or desire) but I might ask my mother in law to help me make one later. My box is a nice dark heather gray, filled with odds and ends on top of my dryer. I had another container there, but I didn't like people being able to see inside of it (it had holes cut out) and it was bright pink. I have to take down my box when I do any drying, but I had to do that anyways.

    Thanks!

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  24. Really nice idea. I like the idea of using a fleece too. I moved into my house about four months ago but some of our things are still in self storage as I can't bare to sort through them all. I do like the idea of making pretty boxes which I can stick in the utility room though. A beautiful disguise :)

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  25. Hi Mandy. I followed a friend's link to this on pinterest. Good idea. I also noticed your "about me" profile, and see that it tells about your husband and child, leaving readers wondering about who *you* are. Just an observation.

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  26. Paper boxes would work well too- Lots of them at my office :)

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    1. Yes! They would! I just had an abundance of diaper boxes laying around. ;)

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    2. I was thinking the same thing. I don't need these for toys just for ...uh...junk! That somehow accumulates! Those printer paper boxes i have would be great!

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  27. I'm going to put a few of these in my garage go I think I'll just spray paint them or maybe use mod podge over whatever fabric I use. It would be a dusty mess, using fabric in the garage. I'll save making pretty ones for in the house!

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  28. THanks, now I know what to do with all my avon boxes

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  29. Instead of using fabric, I bought contact paper at the dollar tree. Its works great!and cost alot less! Easy to clean.

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    1. That is a great idea! Maybe I should have done that with the ones I used for toy boxes in the play room... :)

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  30. Great tutorial! Looking forward to trying this soon! Thank You :)

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  31. Hey there! Just wanted to let you know we featured you in our Favorite Find Fridays post over at Whimsically Homemade. We used one of your pictures. If that's a problem let us know and we'll remove it immediately. Thanks for your great inspiration!

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  32. What we think is trash can still be put into good use, with the help of our creativity and practicality. Like the one shown above, paper boxes can still bu re-used to reduce wastage. This goes to show that we can do so much with paper products instead of just throwing them in the bin. From paper documents to computer hard drives, we are fortunate that they can still serve various purposes for us these days.

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  33. Awesome idea. Made one today with striped shelf liner from the dollar store. Turned out great!

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  34. I'm going to find some smaller boxes and use to store my CD's in! Thanks for a terrific idea.

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  35. Really nice tutorial I'll deffenetly try it out I have many spare boxes :)

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  36. We have a little one due in January :) I can't wait to upcycle our diaper boxes for extra storage! They will be great to store cloth diapers later on as well as lotions and other baby items. Thanks for the idea!

    http://mommys-love.blogspot.com

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  37. Hi! I have 5 year old twin girls and a 3 year old boy = a heck of a lot of toys. I have the closetmaid square shelving in our playroom but the fabric bins they sell are expensive and don't hold up AT ALL. I saw a link to your blog on Pinterest and it caught my eye because I have an abundance of Target diaper boxes! So, I bought the supplies and started today. I set out to do SIXTEEN boxes and boy it seems like a daunting task - plus tons of wasted material. So...after box number 1, I decided to fold the cross-shaped fabric in half and create a pattern using newsprint paper that we had laying around. Now I've got a mass production line going and it's not nearly as daunting! Regardless, AWESOME idea! And heck, if one of the boxes gets stomped on, sat on or crushed I can just make another one :-) I just ordered some adorable Michael Miller fabric from etsy for liners - maybe a bit excessive but I love his fabric and it will look SOOOO stinking cute in our playroom! Thanks again :-)

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  38. Where would you go about getting the spray adhesive???

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    1. Any craft store should have it, but Walmart is where I got mine. :)

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  39. I love, love, love this idea and the purple fabric you used for your liner. Can you tell me more about it? It looks perfect for the purple room I'm working on for my daughter :)

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    1. I got it at Hobby Lobby. I'm not sure if they still carry it, but I'm sure they do. I'll look into more and try to get the name of it for you.

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  40. You could use a box cutter instead of an exacto knife. I think you could use Modge Podge if you prefer to brush on a liquid "glue" to hold the fabric.

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  41. Also, just thought if you wanted the look of more expensive liner fabric you could line with the same as the outside fabric and then just create an edge around the top of the more expensive fabric.

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  43. This tutorial was superb. couldnt stop myself from trying this. here are the results.thank u.
    http://draft.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=8672780838519626073#editor/target=post;postID=5904133147942149028

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  44. Hi there! Just wanted to let you know that I featured this post on a small DIY craft storage roundup on my blog, www.craftingsanity.com. I can't wait to make a dozen of these to store my yarn!

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  45. Wow!! What a great writing, really I appreciate such kind of topics. It will be very helpful for us

    Bin Boxes

    Thanks

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  46. Lovely idea you share with us, We are moving and I am looking for some lovely, great ideas that are affordable. Thank you so much for the great tutorial. This box is looking like a display boxes.

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  47. Nice tutorial. I find it easy to follow and fun to do too. Really helpful when I plan to move to another place. Thanks for sharing this.

    Cheap Canvas Prints

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  48. Hi Mandy,

    I found your blog through a pintrest post - I am LOVING all your craft idea and especially this up-cycled box. I also went through the liner tutorial, great & easy instructions. I will certainly return soon.
    Blessings,
    Mrs.B

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  49. Excellent information you've got right here on this post.It will be very beneficial for us, Thank you so much for the excellent guide.

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  52. Very good information. Lucky me I discovered your blog by chance

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  53. Thanks for the wonderful idea. I made mine with wrapping paper that matched my room, and tissue paper (like for presents) that matched my kids rooms. For the kiddos I lined them with duct tape for easy wipe out. absolutely love these.

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  54. We absolutely love your blog and find almost all of your post's to be exactly I'm looking for.

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  55. I did a very similar craft project 20 years ago using equal parts white glue and water, painted it on the cardboard box, and used lightweight cotton (like quilt fabric) for the coverings. I did not have problems with bubbles--just smoothed out the fabric as I was applying it. The boxes are still holding up, so I imagine that canvas would be even more durable. I used Xerox paper boxes with tops and covered the box tops too, so the boxes make great covered storage.

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  63. Thanks for all your hard work it is much appreciated.

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