Decorative storage boxes with lid

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Gone are the days when we were too busy being out-and-about to notice our cluttered homes and general lack of organizational skills. Now we're stuck inside, trying to make the most of our increasingly cramped dwellings. The key to any organized space is, as Marie Kondo once put it, that everything must have a place. With that in mind, we pulled together a collection of aesthetically-pleasing storage boxes that will help minimize the stuff and maximize the joy inside your living quarters.

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Why is it that at the start of each new year, we feel the need to get ourselves more organized? I know that I personally could use more organization in my life throughout the entire year. With that said, set out to make some fabric-covered decorative storage boxes to tidy up some loose items in my closet!

I recently installed a Rubbermaid Configurations Custom Closet Kit in my bedroom and I am LOVING the extra space, tidiness and organization. You can take a look at the before and after pictures here and you’ll understand why I am so excited!

DIY Decorative Storage Boxes

And although you can also buy additional Rubbermaid accessories (drawers, baskets, etc) to add-on to the closet system, for now I decided to create a quick upcycled storage DIY to use in our newly organized closet.  These decorative storage boxes will hold our seasonal accessories such as t-shirts, tanks, scarves and mitts.

A completed decorative storage box filled with winter hats and scarves. A small chalkboard tag pinned to the front of the box reads winter.

Materials Needed:

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How to Make Fabric-Covered Decorative Storage Boxes:

Tip: Ensure the fabric is big/wide enough to wrap around the outer box edges and fold into the inside. Lay fabric down on protected surface with right side facing down.  Position the empty box into the center of the fabric.

1. Cut the lid flaps and sides of the box to your desired size. Place it centered on the fabric. Using a pair of sharp scissors, cut out the corners of the fabric as shown. Leave ½” extra of fabric (i.e. a bit wider than the sides of the box you are trying to cover) on either side of the flaps (these will be folder in to make a nicer finished edge to the box).

Tip: Give the spray adhesive a shake before using.

2. Spray one side of box. Fold fabric up and press out any bubbles or air pockets.

3. Spray the inside of the box and fold fabric into the box. Press out the air bubbles. Repeat on opposite side of box.

4. Clip the fabric corners at the bottom corners of the box. Wrap the cut edges around corners of box.

5. Fold lengthwise cut edges as shown. Spray outside of box. Fold fabric up and press out all air bubbles. Spray inside of box and fold fabric into box. Repeat on opposite side of the cardboard box.

6. Measure and cut a piece of cardboard about ¼” to ½” smaller than the bottom of the box to finish the storage box. Spray and upholster with fabric and add it to the bottom of the box.

7. For decoration, you can add some ric rac to the top edge. Spray the underside of the ric rac and press onto box.

8. Add a label to mark the contents of the of your new decorative storage boxes if you want. I used a chalkboard tag and hung it onto a button that I hot-glued to the completed box.

Close up image of the front of the finished decorative storage box. Black rick rack embellishes the black and white fabric print. A small black chalkboard tag has the word tees writted on it.

Be sure to stop by this post to see how I organized these pretty storage boxes and configured my new bedroom closet!

The completed fabric-covered storage boxes arranged on a wire shelving unit in a closet.

Additional DIY Storage Box Ideas

If you’re interested in additional beautiful DIY storage box ideas be sure to check out:

  • a sewn fabric storage cube filled with kid's toys
  • Upcycling a tissue box into a DIY decorative storage box. Scrap fabric, some twine or your favorite yarn and a few craft supplies are all you need for this cheap organization ideas for the home. Click through for the step-by-step tutorial to organize counter top clutter.

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Since the 17th century, a decorative storage box was a necessity for every well-respected lady. These ancient boxes were used to store precious items and were often decorated with silk, embroidery, and beads. The modern decorative boxes have greatly evolved in their appearance, but still are a trendy element of every household.

Modern decorative boxes come in a variety of styles, sizes, and colors, from chic farmhouse to contemporary. Their main purpose is to enhance and compliment the house décor. However, they also provide functional and convenient storage spaces. Decorative boxes will look amazing in any room and will help to tie the room together. Figure out the interior design of your house and add more style to it with a matching decorative box.

There are endless options of decorative boxes on the market, from the material used to an opening system of the box. You can find decorative storage boxes with lids, that are opened by pulling, sliding, or raising, as well as boxes with clasps, locks, or catches. The material of the boxes may vary from wood, plastic, wicker, and even metal. This type of storage box can become an unexpected central piece of your house, or it can become an ideal addition to your home décor that brings together the concept of your themed interior design.

Decorative storage boxes are extremely versatile and can serve many purposes. For example, a decorative file box is ideal for displaying in the office, or for organizing your documents at home. A decorative file box is a more attractive, portable, and flattering option than a filing cabinet.

Another type of box that can be used is a decorative cardboard box. It is perfect for storing lightweight items and can be easily transferred around the house. Cardboard boxes can also be used as decorative Christmas gift boxes, which are so much more comfortable to use than a wrapping paper. A festive and pretty Christmas gift box will make any present look even more appealing.

What about the items in your house that you want to keep hidden? A great solution would be to get a decorative book box. These boxes look like real books that can be discreetly stored among your other books. You can keep your valuable artifacts or treasured items out-of-sight, yet have a unique decoration that blends with your home décor.

Decorative photo boxes come in handy when you want to store items such as photos, letters, and cards. This type of box will safely protect your cherished memories and moments while keeping them organized. There are also decorative boxes for kids that are used for storing toys and crafts. These boxes will keep your child’s room organized and free of clutter.

A decorative box can be used to store your keys and other items that tend to get lost. Just place a box that matches the style of your house close to the door. A decorative storage box can also be placed in the bathroom to keep toiletries and tissues organized. A box in the kitchen can hold your recipe cards, herbs, or napkins. There is no limit to the items that can be stored in a decorative box. It’s all about finding the right box that will enhance and add to your style and home decor.

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How To DIY Decorative Storage Boxes With Lids

Decorative storage boxes with lids are a blessing in disguise. They double up as storage bins, as well as cool decorative assets. Albeit, there are many different ways to make them, but not all might be your cup of tea. So here are four fresh and easy ways that will allow you to build your storage boxes within minutes.


The materials required can be easily found at home or are cheaper than a full meal. Additionally, while most of these serve the indoor storage needs, we also have an outdoor storage box idea for you to try. Have a look, and you’ll enjoy making them.


How To Make A DIY Decorative Rope Basket With Lid For Storage?

A rope basket is one of the most commonly used ideas to decorate DIY storage boxes. Yet, it still looks beautiful and goes well with all kinds of interiors. Besides, there are loads of options to decorate it and change its appearance over time. So without further ado, let’s head towards all that you will need to make your DIY Rope Basket for storage with a lid.


Decorative storage box with lid


Items you will need:

  • Cardboard box (any shape)
  • Rope (preferably of jute, or soft cotton rope)
  • Fabric (for interior)
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Spray adhesive
  • Scale for measurements
  • Decoratives (pom poms, ribbon flowers)


Steps To Make DIY Rope Basket With Lid For Storage

  1. First of all, we will start with the interior. Take a piece of fabric and cut it according to the interior measurements with extra material for seams. Also, fold out the excess fabric from the mouth of the box towards the outer sides. 

(This border on the top will give a neat look to your box. It will help the lid to stay in place, in case roping up till the brim hampers the closing.)

  1. Now, use a spray adhesive or apply glue with a brush in the interiors of the box. You may start with the base and then move to the sides. And lastly, on the outer side as well.

(Tip: Paste opposite sides first for a better interior finish.)

  1. Next, grab the rope and thin-off its end using scissors. This is to reduce the visibility of the joint where the roping begins.
  2. Now on to the central part. Start applying glue from the glue gun in a thin line from the lower side.

 (Tip: Start from your least favorite side so that if any joints are visible, it won’t be on the front.)

  1. While you move the way up, press the rope tightly towards the box as well as the previous line. This helps in minimizing the space between lines and avoids gaps.
  2. If the lid of your DIY storage bins has an external friction fit, do not go all the way up and stop till where the lid closes. Now, if you remember in step one, we left an external border. And this outer border will remain exposed at the top, whenever the box is opened.
  3. Then, it is the lid’s turn. Depending on the shape of the lid, start from an edge, on the top side, and move towards the middle. Then wrap the bottom of the lid. 
  4. For decorating this, you may use ribbons or laces from an old dress. Or perhaps use different colored ropes for a layered outlook. Additionally, you can even use metallic spray paint and give it a lustrous finish. You may also dye the ropes in different colors and see the magic unfold as you wrap the box.

(Tip: Just in case your basket does not come with a lid, you can make one on your own. Cut out a layer of cardboard sufficient to rest on top of your basket. And then wrap on the rope, and a lid for your storage box will be ready in minutes. You may paste the fabric you used for the interior on the underside of the lid as well.)


How To Make Dazzling DIY Decorative Storage Boxes With Lids

Have you stored a plastic box in which your favorite chocolates or cookies came in? So why not level it up into a storage box with a lid? All you will need are a few handy supplies and almost an hour of elbow grease. So read on!


Decorative Storage box with lids

Image by StoreeOfMyLife


Supplies To Collect:

  • A box (preferably transparent), with lid
  • Adhesive Diamond wrap or ribbon, any color
  • Spherical ornaments (preferably mirrored or the same color as the diamond wrap)
  • Glue gun or strong adhesive

Steps To Make Bling DIY Decorative Storage Boxes With Lids

  1. Ensure that the box is clean before you begin. 
  2. If your diamond wrap is self-adhesive, remove the backing and apply it on the side of the box. For non-adhesive diamond wraps, use a transparent glue and stick the cover around the box. 
  3. Cut the diamond wraps into smaller ribbons depending on the gaps after the first application of diamond wrap. 
  4. Follow the previous step for the lid.
  5. Then, take the spherical ornaments. Apply a dot of glue and stick this to the bottom of the box as support. Please note that this step is optional.
  6. Additionally, you can apply another ornament on the top of the lid in the middle like a knob. And your box is ready. 


This blingy storage box will be excellent for your jewelry and smaller essentials!


How To Make A Fabric Covered Storage Box With Lid

The best part about making a DIY fabric covered storage box is the endless possibilities to decide the outer appearance. You may use an old T-shirt, table cloth, a dress, curtains, and almost any fabric to cover a storage box. Just ensure that the fabric material has a bright color or print that will go well in the area where you intend to place this storage box. 


diy storage box

Image by Alexas_Fotos from Pixabay


The decorative storage box with lid in the image above features a jute fabric, along with optional decoratives like leather-like fabric on corners, and metallic buttons, etc.


Supplies You Will Need:

  • A cardboard box (any size) 
  • Extra cardboard for the base
  • Fabric
  • Scissors 
  • Cutter or knife
  • Permanent glue or spray adhesive
  • Thin foam sheet
  • Decoratives: Lace, buttons, sequin, bow, etc.

(Note: Please ensure that the fabric is big enough to cover the box as well as the inner sides for additional neatness.)


Steps To Make Fabric Covered Storage Box With Lid

  1. If your cardboard box has a removable lid, you may adjust and reduce its height using a cutter or knife. If the lid is attached, you may skip this step.
  2. Now lay the fabric on a flat surface and place the cardboard box on top of it. 
  3. Cut out the fabric from all four corners so that there is minimal overlapping of cloth while wrapping. After cutting, your fabric must be in a plus shape or similar to it. Also, the length of the sides must be long enough to reach the inner base of the storage box.
  4. Now bring in your glue or spray adhesive and apply it on the bottom of the box and paste the fabric. And then, apply glue on one side of the box and stick the fabric to the respective side. At the same time, press out any bubbles or pockets that may develop.

(Tip: You may use a paintbrush to evenly apply the glue if you don’t have a spray adhesive.)

  1. Next, apply the glue on the inner side of the box, you just covered from outside. And take the cloth all over till the internal base. 
  2. Repeat steps 4 and 5 with the opposite side of the box. 
  3. Then move over to perform steps 4 and 5 on the remaining two sides. But this time, fold the extra edges of the fabric inward to have an almost seamless finish. 
  4. Now, measure the base of the cardboard box and cut out a piece from the extra cardboard. Please note that this piece must be able to fit in as the base inside the storage box.
  5. Time to cover the base, but you must upholster it with a layer of Foam to make it noise-free.
  6. Oops! Forgot the lid? Easy! Just apply glue and paste the fabric over the top side of the lid. Upholstering the top of the box is a piece of optional advice. 
  7. For decorating, you may glue a piece of lace around the upper side of the box all around it. Besides, you may feel free to stick buttons, bows, sequins, or other decoratives as your creativity suggests. 


How To Make Upholstered Ottoman Decorative Storage Box 

Looking for more significant outdoor storage boxes? These neat decorative storage boxes with lids that double as an upholstered ottoman will look great in multiple locations. From your reading room to the garden’s outdoor storage box, you will be awed by its beauty and benefits.


ottoman storage bin

Photo by HGTV Handmade



Here’s What You Need:

  • Bucket or crate
  • Two wooden ply board for the lid
  • Glue gun
  • Wood glue
  • Cotton or Foam for padding
  • Scissor
  • Durable fabric for covering
  • Some spare fabric


Steps To Make Upholstered Ottoman Decorative Storage Box 

The two wooden ply boards for the lids must be of two sizes. One, to act as the top of the ottoman. Second, slightly smaller, to be posted below the first and keeps the lid in place. A hardware store will be the best place to find these.

  1. Cut the padding to a couple of inches over the height of the bucket. Also, wrap it around the bucket or crate and again cut two to three inches extra from the required width. 
  2. Now that your padding is ready to place the bucket on its side. Leave extra padding on either edge of the bucket. Use a glue gun and apply on the bucket in horizontal patches and keep pressing the filling onto it.

(Tip: Use multiple layers of the padding together if it is too thin. This is important so that the decorative storage boxes with lids look much more classy.)

  1. In the end, apply extra glue to ensure that the padding stays in place. 
  2. Now cut off the extra padding. Also, trim the additional padding from the top and bottom with scissors. 
  3. Time to wrap! Cut the cloth just like you cut the padding.

(Tip: Ensure that the seams of the cloth meet when wrapped around the decorative storage boxes with lids.)

      6. Apply glue on the basket vertically and paste one seam of the fabric. No need to glue all over under the fabric.

  1. To glue the other end of the fabric, fold the seam inwards, apply glue and press it gently.
  2. Glue the extra fabric on the bottom of the basket by pressing the cloth towards the base. Repeat this for folding the excess fabric on the top brim of the storage bucket.
  3. For the lid, cut the plyboard to the size that fits your bucket’s top. 
  4. Cut the Foam to the size of the lid. To upholster the lid, you need a minimum of one-inch Foam or up to two or three. If your Foam is thinner, use multiple layers. 
  5. Using hot glue, paste the Foam onto the bigger board. Use spare fabric to layer over the Foam, but stick this fabric only on the other side of the lid. Use this layer to press the sides of the Foam over the edges. Cut off the extra fabric at the end. 
  6. Now cover this board with the outer fabric, and cut off the extra fabric.
  7. Then paste the smaller board on the bottom side of the lid using wooden glue. Apply the glue generously. Press it firmly or apply weight to ensure it sticks properly. Therefore, this will be visible on the bottom of the lid. 

Your decorative storage bin or outdoor storage box rather is ready to serve you. You may begin to use it to place your favorite books or wine bottles, and place it outdoors for quick access. 


So, these were our top picks for making DIY decorative storage boxes with lids. You will surely enjoy trying your hands on one or more of these super easy and simple steps.


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