Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Fabric Covered Boxes for the Nursery {Easy DIY}

Our home has seen its fair share of diaper boxes over the past three years.  It wasn't until about a year ago that I started saving them.  I saw several blog posts about covering diaper boxes to use as pretty storage; an inexpensive and pretty way to store items, rather than purchasing decorative baskets or other containers for storage.

I purchased fabric for Mason's nursery and after making the bedding and window treatment{reveal of the nursery will be coming in the next couple of weeks}, I had plenty of fabric leftover for little projects.  It was fun to cover some diaper and wipes boxes with fabric so that now I have some good-looking storage boxes for toys.

Yes, you can see the words on the box, but from a distance it's not noticeable.  You could certainly cover the box with dark paper first, and obviously a darker fabric would cover the words completely.

If you want to do this project, it's so simple!  You can even use fabric scraps, so don't worry about going out and purchasing new fabric.

-measuring tape or ruler
-spray adhesive
-chalkboard vinyl {optional}

Step 1: Measure each side of the box and cut fabric to those dimensions, adding an inch or so on each side, and 4 inches on the top.

Step 2:  Find what you want to be the front of the box.  Place the proper piece of fabric on this side, lining up the fabric so it is centered, if using a patterned fabric.  Spray adhesive on the box and press fabric gently onto the box so it adheres.  Spray the sides and top opening with adhesive and press fabric down on all those sides. {Repeat with back side of the box}

Step 3:
Measure the sides of the box as described in Step 1.  Fold under the side piece to make a crease right along the edge for a finished look.  Spray with adhesive and press fabric down gently to adhere, as described in Step 2.

Step 4:
Use spray adhesive on the bottom of the box for the fabric that extends below, so that it looks like this:

You could leave the bottom looking like this, but I added a piece of felt to finish it off and to make for easy sliding on the shelf.  Just cut the felt to size and either use hot glue or spray adhesive to make it stick.

I don't have any pictures of my label-making, but I used chalkboard vinyl {which you can purchase at a fabric store in the utility fabric area} and cut out a small piece.  I attached it with spray adhesive.  It was difficult to write on the vinyl with a regular piece of chalk, which is why my writing is horrible in the pictures, so I plan on getting a chalk pen to use for these.

I hope this makes sense!  Feel free to comment with any questions, and I'll do my best to explain!  I'm realizing that my brain isn't functioning properly right now {sleep deprivation due to a newborn is catching up with me}.  

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  1. These looks great! I can't wait to see the rest of the nursery!

  2. The covered boxes look wonderful! It is delightful to see your creativity at work. Love what you have done.

  3. Very cute, Lauren. Can't wait to see the rest!

  4. Wow what a great idea! This is so cute and awesome. Hope you guys are doing great!

  5. I love these covered boxes! And Mason's shelf with Tiberius and his books and toys looks SO cute! I just love all the colors! I can't wait to see your nursery reveal post. But mostly I can't wait until Thursday! :)

  6. This is just adorable! Great idea for the nursery. :)

  7. The shelves look great, Lauren, with all your creative touches...covered boxes, coordinating lamp shade, and Mason's name blocks. And even a home for Tiberias! I can envision Mason on the floor playing with the toys he's pulled down from the shelves :) Can't wait to join him when he does!

  8. The look cute. I have done the same thing with contact, wrapping paper or paint for different rooms and situations.

  9. I'm so excited that I just saw this post because I want to make this as a gift basket/holder for my sister-in-law's baby shower!! Thank you for the inspiration!!


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