Making And Crafts–Diaper Box Hamper

November 17, 2010 08:05 by ehouston

As you may imagine we have lots of diaper and baby wipe boxes around here.  (Yeah, I like the idea of being all environmental and stuff, but for our lifestyle disposable is the way to go.  Sorry Treehuggers!)  Anyways, what was I talking about?  Oh yeah, boxes.  Lot’s of boxes.  I have a thing about containers and have a hard time getting rid of perfectly good ones.  Unfortunately, a lot of diaper boxes are a bit on the smaller side or just way to big for practical application.  The other con is that they also usually have a large amount of printing on all sides, making them a stand out among otherwise clean and organized storage.  We have accumulated a large number of the Target, Up & Up, Size 3, 96 count diaper boxes and they have been very useful for storing odds and ends, but mainly they have helped us build a mean fort or two from time to time.

Next to playtime and storage solutions there are not many other things I could think of to do with these guys, aside from relinquishing them to the recycling bin.  Then after using one of the baby wipe boxes as a hamper for what seemed like an eternity while I tried to decide on a more permanent option,  I realized that one of the larger diaper boxes could be used instead and prettied up quite a bit.  It also helped that I seem to always come across bits and pieces of contact paper that are just the amount I need for the project at hand.  So, in the end I was able to take this situation…


…and turn it into this more aesthetically pleasing scenario.


I started out with the box on the left.  Please note that I ended up using the new 144 count size box, which was much better than the wipe box and the smaller diaper box for holding all the things the Little Guy gets dirty.


After cutting the top flaps down to about 2 inches I then used some of my trusty ol’ Martha Stewart Wood Grain Contact Paper in Gray and covered the outside of the box on all sides.  The patterned paper was perfect for covering up and disguising the crawling baby and bright yellow of the original packaging.  I also cut around the handle slits so we could still use them for carrying the hamper to the laundry room.  Next I used plain white Contact Paper to wrap the edges of the cut down top flaps to give them a more finished look.  I started on what would have been the top side, then wrapped it around what was the inside of the top flap and down the inside top edge of the box. 


The shot above shows one side of the top flap has been covered in white Contact Paper and then I flipped it down and glued it in place to create a sort of wrapped top edge.  Again, just to add some interest and take away from the fact that it’s ultimately just an old cardboard box.  As you can see I used trusty clothes pins to hold the flaps in place while the glue dried.

After wrapping each of the cut down top flaps and gluing them into place I was left with a gap at each corner.  Luckily I had the forethought to wrap a small square of the “wood grain” Contact Paper up and over each corner of the box before gluing down the top flaps.  Those little squares of Contact Paper covered the exposed cardboard and bright yellow in that area, as seen in the pic below.  In an attempt to give the corners a little more oomph I also added rectangles of cardboard that I cut from the scraps of the box flaps.


(This was one of my first attempts and you can see in the shot above that I did not wrap that little square of Contact Paper over the corner before gluing down the top flaps.  The cut cardboard and original packaging color show through, so in my next attempt I took a little more time in this area.)

I wrapped the corner pieces in white Contact Paper, folded them around the corner of the box and attached them with regular old paper fasteners.  You know, the kind that you push through a hole and then fold back the “legs” to sort of manually staple papers together.


You can see the corner pieces a little better in the shot above.  They are a bit wonky, but they work.  As you can also see from this angle, I added wooden feet that I painted with the leftover dark brown paint from the floor trim in the nursery.  In order to keep them sturdy and well attached, I cut a piece of cardboard from the side of another diaper box and placed it in the bottom of the hamper.  I then slid the screw through a large flat metal washer before pushing it through the bottom of the hamper.  I added another washer on the under side right before screwing the whole shebang directly into the painted wooden ball feet.  So far they have held on very well.  The last thing I did was line the inside with more white Contact Paper.  After a few days of looking down into the box and seeing where the wrapped Contact Paper stopped along the top edge of the hamper and the ends of the paper fasteners sticking through, I realized I needed to clean things up a bit.  Once the Contact Paper was in place the whole hamper really came together.

It definitely is a much better view into the Little Guy’s room now. 


The best part was that all the pieces were laying around our house already, so this was a ZERO cost craft!  WHOOHOO!

Have you all ever repurposed something disposable and made it more of a permanent part of your home?

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Ahhhhh, now that's Better!

August 25, 2008 07:46 by ehouston

I did some thrifting on Friday after searching for an item I had decided to pass up the week before. It was a toy and I knew it would not be there a week later, but I just had to go back and look. I have never been so disappointed to lose out on something while thrifting. Well, that's probably an overstatement, but this was a more of a collectable than a toy and I had always wanted it growing up. I found it for a fraction of the original price and passed it up when I heard my husband's voice in my head saying, "you bought what? Really, a toy? Come on, really?". You see, he is just way more practical than me and that is saying a lot. So, I passed it up to regret it forever. Oh well, it was not meant to be.

On my way back out of the store I was trying really hard not to look at ANYTHING. You know how it is, once you start it all goes down hill so quickly. Suddenly you start to see all kinds of things that you think will fill the void of the one that got away and this is when you end up buying a bunch of true junk. Well, I broke my own thrifting rule and I looked. Of course one thing led to another and I ended up with a nice little grouping of stuff. In fact, I found a pretty good wooden cigar box that my husband promptly scooped up to claim as his own. Sorry, Charlie, but that one is mine, all mine!

I did come across a couple of those old plastic Lazy Susan's and decided to grab them just for the heck of it. They were only $1.99 each and it seems you can always find a good spot for them. After scrubbing the vintage gunk off of them I decided the Avocado Green and Harvest Gold needed some sprucing up. So, I used some self-adhesive shelf paper to line the center circles of each. The green one got a shot of gray wood-grain (thank you Martha Stewart for your fabulous KMart selection!) and the gold one is still a work in progress as I add some vintage, atomic starburst paper. The vintage paper is so old the backing was pretty much stuck to the front and is in the process of being glued down the old fashioned way. As soon as it comes together I will find a good spot for it too, and I will share that later. I thought about it for a while and here is what I ended up doing with the little green and wood grain number:



Below, our messy spice cupboard (we like a lot of spice in our life-hee!)

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Whoola!  I am now Sleeping with the Enemy!

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...everything is lined up, I swear....  All the labels are facing forward, I promise....

Ahhh, organization.  It is rare in my home and I love it while it lasts.


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