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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

 

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

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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.

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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.

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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!!

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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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  • http://www.alittlebiteofeverything.com Ainhoa@ALittleBite

    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!

  • http://www.decorandthedog.blogspot.com decorandthedog

    Awesome! Upcycling at it's best.

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

  • http://www.firsthomedreams.com AshleyLynnFHD

    Pretty storage is the best kind of storage!

  • http://www.buffalo-roam.com Amy@BuffaloRoam

    Brilliant! Turned out so cute.

    • Lisa

      Thanks!

  • http://goofymonkeys.blogspot.com Ginny @ goofymonkeys

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

  • http://decoratingcents.blogspot.com Andrea

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

    • Lisa

      Great idea!

  • http://bet1975.blogspot.com brandi

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

    • Lisa

      Thanks

  • Kristen

    Very smart! I love how it turned out!

  • http://www.drabtofabdesign.com Whitney

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

  • http://maxandmeblog.blogspot.com.au/ Tamsyn

    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 :)

  • http://boyplusgirldesign.com Diana @ Boy + Girl

    This turned out really well! Love your fabric choices!

  • http://www.attemptsatdomestication.com Ashley@AAD

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

  • http://bishopsfamilysite.blogspot.com/2012/09/6-dollars-my-cleaning-supplies-are.html janiene

    GREAT tutorial!!!! Thank you! I mentioned your post in my blog post http://bishopsfamilysite.blogspot.com/2012/09/6-d

    I'm giving this a try tonight.

    Blessings,
    Janiene

    • 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.