Pinterest Challenge! Upcycled Diaper Boxes

Posted by Lisa on July 10th, 2012

Hi kids! Over the holiday weekend I completed my Pinterest Challenge – Upcycled diaper boxes into decorative bins.  The pin I used can be found here as well as the instructions.  My unique spin? It’s no-sew! I am not a sewer and I do not own a sewing machine, so I did my boxes with no-sew glue instead.


My supplies included black canvas (the stuff they use on directors chairs), decorative fabric as the liner, glue stick, scissors, measuring tape, no-sew glue, and of course diaper boxes.  I purchased everything at that great fabric and crafts store and the fabric was half off AND I used a coupon for 15% off my entire purchase. 🙂 I also want to mention that I did not own most of the material at the start of this project, so the upcycled diaper boxes weren’t much cheaper than buying decorative bins with a coupon somewhere – BUT I do get bragging rights that I made this myself so it was worth it!


See the fabri-tac in the background? I decided not to use it because it smelled like acetone.  I ended up using a glue stick instead and it worked out fine.

First, I taped the handle flaps in the box down with regular tape on the inside.  Then I measured the length and width of the box and then measured and cut the black canvas.


I centered the box on the fabric (and made sure that all sides were covered with canvas).  Then I measured 2 inches from each corner and made 2 cuts.


The canvas looked like this after all the cuts were done.


I used my glue stick directly on the box then pulled up the canvas.  I also used the glue stick on the short sides of the diaper box to cover the extra fabric.


Then I applied my no-sew glue to the flaps and then attached the short sides. Don’t forget to use the glue stick so the canvas will attach to the box.



This is what my box looked like after all sides were done! I trimmed the excess canvas from the top of the box, too.



Next, it was time to make the fabric liner.  The full instructions can be found here.  I will include some of my instructions, since I used no-sew glue instead.


I used the same dimensions for my liner as the black canvas.  I cut the liner fabric as instructed above and the fabric looked like this:


I matched the seams up and applied a line of the no-sew glue.


My seams did not match up perfectly since I wasn’t exactly precise in my measuring, but it did not make a huge difference in the end.  The no-sew glue dries pretty quick, so there wasn’t much waiting around.

After the four corners were glued together I put the liner in the box so I could see what I was working with.IMG_4121-1024x682


Not too shabby, right?  I took the liner out to glue the seams down.  At this point, I would iron your fabric so the glued seams are tight.IMG_4120-1024x682


Remember when I said my seams didn’t match perfectly? Well, this is what one of my sides looked like when I was doneIMG_4124-1024x682


Oops, but it wasn’t anything that a little dab of no-sew glue couldn’t fix.IMG_4125


Here is the completed project!  It’s just chillin on my kitchen table since this one is a gift for my mom.IMG_4126

I repeated the steps above with a second upcycled diaper box for myself to be used for a later project, and since I had extra materials left over I up-cycled a baby wipe box!!

I didn’t take any pictures while I was crafting this one, but here is the completed box, staged and all!!



So there you have it! Pinterest Challenge accepted and completed.  Aside from recipes, I haven’t actually completed many Pinterest pins – have you!?

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  • No sew = awesome! Haha.
    And yeah, I haven't done many of my pins besides recipes either. I like the inspiration though!

    • Lisa

      Couldn’t agree more!

  • Awesome! Upcycling at it's best.

    I'm recently re-addicted to Pinterest so I definitely pin a lot more than I do. Oops.

  • Pretty storage is the best kind of storage!

  • Brilliant! Turned out so cute.

    • Lisa


  • I love this – I have a few boxes that I was planning on covering with fabric – great to see a tutorial!

  • Love it. You could change the fabric constantly to match your decor.

    • Lisa

      Great idea!

  • You took that Huggies box from drab to fab! Awesome makeover!

    • Lisa


  • Kristen

    Very smart! I love how it turned out!

  • Super cute, I love the black and white pattern!!

  • These turned out so good! I have the same image pinned, but I was daunted at the thought of all that sewing… I love your idea of gluing instead 🙂

  • This turned out really well! Love your fabric choices!

  • This looks great! I love that you are recycling the cardboard boxes into something pretty 🙂

  • GREAT tutorial!!!! Thank you! I mentioned your post in my blog post

    I'm giving this a try tonight.


    • John_OHFScratch

      Thanks Janiene!

  • Ashley P

    hey guys! I'm finally doing this project and was wondering if you had any issues with the corners "fraying" from where you cut the 2" inch diagonal? Wondering how I can get around this on the next box. Hope you guys are doing great as a fam of 4 🙂

    • Lisa

      Hey! Fraying hasn’t been a problem for me. I’m pretty sure I had a little extra fabric that was folded in so the seam was far away from the end of the fabric. I hope that helps – good luck and let me know if you have any other questions.