DIY Clothes Storage Box

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My love of using recycled items in organizing is becoming legendary (at least among my friends and family).  One trick I’ve learned through our 20+ moves is to find a sturdy box and recycle it into my own diy clothes storage box.  I like being able to match the box to the size of my new place and my personal decor.

open box of neatly folded clothes with decorated lid nearby

The key is to find a box that will fit in your limited space and is sturdy enough to hold up to all the times you’ll be opening and closing it to get to your clothing.  I keep sturdy boxes that come in the mail until I need them, but you can also check at Costco or your local grocery store for boxes.

shipping box, roll of grey and white wrapping paper, bottle of decoupage glue and sponge brush

We made this box for my daughter to take to college with her, so we found wrapping paper that coordinates with her bedding.  And the old trusty Mod Podge came out for this project.

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Start by laying your box on top of the wrapping paper.  In this case, I’m just covering the top of the box, so I cut the paper to wrap up the sides and into the lid of the box.  Cut the corners of the paper out so that you can make a neat edge with the paper on the corners of the box.

close up of neatly wrapped corner of box lid

Mod Podge the paper onto the box and fold just the edge of the paper under to make a nice neat seam.

hand holding roll of clear packing tape by edge of paper on box

The lid will be taken off and replaced many times on this box, so I reinforced the edges of the paper inside the lid with packing tape.

close up of neatly folded clothes in open box with decorated lid next to it

In about 15 minutes (plus drying time for the Mod Podge) and just the cost of wrapping papers, we created this stylish diy clothes storage box for my daughter. 

pile of neatly folded clothes stacked next to decorated box

For tips on folding clothes to fit neatly into your new storage box, check out my how to fold jeans and how to fold tee-shirts ideas.

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6 Comments

  1. Hi Susan – Another brilliant idea! We frequently use shoe boxes for random storage – they are typically sturdier than other boxes, but I’ve never thought to decorate like this. So much prettier! Hugs, Holly

    1. Holly, when my kids were younger, my storage boxes were not decorated. I must have too much time on my hands. šŸ™‚

  2. Great idea! We save moving boxes and bring them out when needed. I used to save mailing boxes, but didn’t always find a use for them. Now, thanks to you, I know what to do with them!

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