Diaper Box Hack
While overhauling our shared–master closet three years ago, I found myself in Home Goods, mouth agape while totaling the 4 baskets in my cart. At $12.99 a piece, I could feel the pennies pinching in my purse. These baskets were undoubtedly a budget buster, but the need for storage was imminent.
I had seen a Pinterest hack using rope and a glue gun to wrap around a box. Luckily, I am in the way of a diaper box surplus so I headed to Walmart for the remaining supplies. Maybe it was the price of rope per box or just dumb luck, but I opted for adhesive contact paper instead.
DIY Diaper Box Hack
Let’s dive into the world’s simplest DIY project ever. This hack can be completed in roughly 10 minutes using three items: scissors, contact paper, and a box.
Remove the flaps. A rough cut through the box seams is more than enough. We aren’t looking for perfection here. The contact paper can be manipulated to cover a wonky edge if need be.
Just as you would wrap a present, roll out the contact paper to get an idea for how much it will take to cover one side. As you can see, I bring the paper up about an inch+ over the top of the box to fold over and cover the edge. Note: You are not covering the bottom.
For this box, I cut 13″ for the of longest sides of the box. Once the paper has been cut, you can peel the backing to reveal the adhesive.
Place the bottom of the box on 1/4″ of the adhesive side of the contact paper to begin. This can be readjusted if needed.
Thankfully, the contact paper can be removed and readjusted without losing any of its adhesive value. I use the cardboard to guide the contact paper up the side and to smooth out any potential air bubbles.
How much do you love the discarded box flap coming back for a repurpose? This must be how cavewomen felt using all the parts, right?
Remember that extra inch+ I cut? Use it to fold over the edge. Pinch the top and use the cardboard flap to secure the adhesive to the inside of the box.
Now for the shorter sides of the box. If applicable, pop the cardboard handle back into its place for smooth coverage.
Measure. Cut. Stick and Smooth. Seriously, could. not. be. easier. If you’re keeping track, I’ve made three cuts off the roll total. I cut on 13″ sheet and divided it in half to cover the sides [with discarded paper to spare].
Time to stuff it full of treasures, or sweaters in my case.
I have been using these diaper boxes for nearly three years and they haven’t failed me yet. They’ve been overstuffed, dug through and taken on and off the shelves without so much as a corner being scuffed. No peeling and most definitely, no regrets.
I use diaper boxes for two reasons:
- We usually have multiple boxes on hand.
- Since we almost always buy the same quantity, it provides a uniform look when using this hack to repurpose them in our closet.
- I chose this contact paper at Walmart based on:
- Best in stock at the time.
- Price point [approx. $5].
- Multi-directional without pattern discourse.
- Amazon has a plethora of options in adhesive contact paper. If I could start over, I’d choose:
- If budget was no concern, I would die for:
- Magnolia Plaid Print Removable Wallpaper
I hope you all enjoyed this easy-peasy organization hack. I can’t believe it’s Friday already. Next week, Ooh La Laura will celebrate three months of dedicated blog posting, every Monday, Wednesday
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