Fabric Covered Cardboard Boxes

Hello there!!  How are you?  Is it spring at your house yet?

We’ve got a few more weeks of winter here.  According to Buckeye Chuck, our local groundhog.

Darn him.

Anyway, one of the best parts of winter is that it’s a great season for indoor projects.

AND…one of the projects that is a must before spring arrives is organizing our mudroom.

Actually, it’s so tiny, I’m not sure it can be called a room.  Maybe a mud hallway?

The only storage in the space consists of two of those “above the microwave/refrigerator” cabinets and plastic covered wire shelves that are a couple of feet from the ceiling on three walls.

That’s it.  And those wire shelf thingies are a MESS.  There are lightbulbs, small appliances, and beach toys.  Cupcake carriers, waffle irons, and spray paint cans.


I needed some box/crate type things to organize the clutter.  But I kinda have no money.

Fabric Covered Storage Box

(there are affiliate links in this post for your convenience.  thanks for your support!)

I know, you get it.

So I started hoarding these large, sturdy printer paper boxes at work.


fabric covered storage box 1



I had lots of washed canvas drop cloths in my fabric stash, so I searched Pinterest for a tutorial for fabric covered storage boxes.  I found one here.

I attached the canvas to the box with strategically placed blobs of hot glue.

One blob was not so strategically placed on the tender skin of my left middle finger.


Please finish your corners like this.


fabric covered storage box correct corner



One end of my box looks like the photo above and the other looks like this.


fabric covered photo box wrong corner


I learned my lesson, and this end will be against the wall.  (insert sheepish grin here)

I bought some frames at Dollar Tree, spray painted them turquoise on an unseasonably warm day,




and inserted chalkboard painted cardboard to label the box.




The frame label is attached with more hot glue.


fabric covered cardboard storage box close up


Here’s a side view.  Kind of.


fabric covered storage box 3


I’d love it if you’d share this post with your friends and family, thank you so much!!


fabric covered cardboard storage box pin



I have three more boxes, so I’ll be making a few of these, and soon my mud hallway will be a tiny but well organized space!

Thanks for stopping by, make it a GREAT day!

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12 thoughts on “Fabric Covered Cardboard Boxes

  1. What did you do on the inside of the box – is it covered too or did you leave it bare?
    Great idea, thanks for sharing!


    1. Hi Dede, thank you so much for visiting! I left the inside of the box bare, since I am using them on a shelf close to the ceiling, no one sees the inside. :)

    1. Hi Jeanie, thank you so much for visiting! I use Rustoleum Chalkboard paint, which I buy by the quart at Home Depot. You can also buy chalkboard paint in a spray version, wherever they sell spray paint. Have fun!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing.I wanted to use straw baskets to put in a piece of furniture that has no top shelf to organize the grand kids crayons,papers,pencils and etc.Your idea was just the thing I needed.Now I can cover smaller boxes and use them instead of buying baskets. Also smaller frames to identify the contents.Boxes are free.I have on hand already material and frames.Now all I have to do is get started.Thanks!!

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