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Refashioned Cardboard Storage Bins


Crafts With Recycled Materials
Updated October 16, 2015
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Refashioned Cardboard Storage Bins
Refashioned Cardboard Storage Bins
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For whatever reason, cardboard boxes always seem to pile up around here. If that's the case at your house too, why not use them to make cute containers to organize your things? These Refashioned Cardboard Storage Bins are cute and simple to make! Learn how you can make storage bins out of minimal materials with this step-by-step tutorial. Recycled craft ideas are a great way to do away with the clutter in your house by turning all those boxes, papers, and other reusable materials into functional items.

Estimated Cost: Under $10

Time to complete: In an evening

Primary Technique: Green Crafting

Difficulty Level: Easy

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This is such a good idea. I always feel so wasteful throwing away old cardboard boxes, so this would be a great use for them! They also look ridiculously cute!

I used this blog post to create custom storage bins to use under an unusual bedframe for off season clothing storage. I laminated 2 cardboard pieces for each side bottom to make the final product as sturdy as possible. Then to make the boxes (more or less) dust proof, I did not cut out the hand openings. Instead, I used some (very) cheap drawer knobs I picked up at the hardware store. I think heavy duty webbing could also be fashioned into a pull handle. Then, to make a cover for the boxes, I cut laminated 2 pieces of cardboard that matched the outside dimensions of the box. To this I applied to cardboard strips 1 inch wide by the inside dimension of the width of the box (again I used 2 layers of cardboard laminated together). I covered this piece to match the rest of the box. The 'rails ' hold the box lid in place when moving it around easy easy to lift off when it is time to change out clothes with the seasons. The end result is proving very sturdy and far more attractive than plastic covered bins.

This would work for plastic milk crates too I would imagine and I have 5 I need to make look more...fashionable ) 3

Love this idea, I'm all over it because of it's uniqueness & thriftiness

This is a really great idea since I am always throwing away card board boxes from one thing or another. I will also go well with the little bit of space I have for crafting and my computer work. I love this.


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