Boxes into Baskets

As you all know, I am still working on my {Half Bathroom Remodel}. *Sigh* We have now added some shelving and I have been looking for some budget storage. Cheap, cute baskets can be hard to come by. So I racked my brain and came up with this wonderful substitute, turn boxes into baskets.

Basket 5

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This basket is made from an ordinary cardboard box, 4 ply jute, a hot glue gun, many glue sticks, and a whole lot of love.

Basket 1

First, using scissors, I cut the flaps off the box.

Basket 2

Next, I wrapped my sad, flap-less box with the jute, gluing every bit of it along the way.

Basket 3

Then, I continued wrapping and wrapping and wrapping.

Finally, when I reach the top, I was so excited, as if I had just climbed my way to the peak of Mt. Everest.

Basket 4

To finish off the basket, I quickly whipped up a custom size liner using inexpensive, white muslin fabric.


I love the look and it really didn’t take too long. Now, I just need to make a few more of these to shove on my bathroom shelves.

* Update: A tutorial on How to Make a Custom Basket Liner is now available!

89 thoughts on “Boxes into Baskets

  1. Gina

    I absolutely love how this turned out. Baskets can be ridiculously expensive. I have tons of boxes- I will definitely have to do this. Thanks for the inspiration.

        1. Mary G.

          I am going to do this because I just found out I am pregnant with my third baby and the newborn and toddler are going to have to share everything in the room. Also I have a kid space in the living room for the oldest and well now middle child to play, and stuff never stays put. I can probably also spray paint them the colors I want once dry right?

          1. Cha

            Yes, you can paint them. Just make sure the paint is non-toxic so when your baby starts crawling and chewing….he/she won’t get hurt! Congratulations!

        2. Michelle

          Yes! I’ve actually used a pillow case and it works just the same. I had to cut and stitch it to make it fit how it wanted. But essentially yes, you can use a pillowcase

  2. Becca

    What a fabulous idea! I’ve been needing some baskets but I can’t find them in the right size. I’m sure I could find a couple of boxes that work though. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Roxie

    We did this in vacation bible school with the kids. EXCEPT we did not use hot glue. We used good old Elmer’s glue. It worked just fine and dried clear.
    We also wrapped some empty salad dressing bottles using the same glue and made some pretty ‘vases’ for flowers.

  4. Vickie

    This is exactly what I need! Oh my goodness – I have been searching for the right size baskets to put on my shelf in the bathroom and have had a really hard time finding one I liked or that fit! Now, I don’t have to search anymore! I can make the boxes the exact size I need (thanks hubby) and then cover them exactly as you did! Why didn’t I think of this!!??? Thank you, thank you!

  5. Taylor-Made Ranch Homestead

    OMGoodness how clever you are! I’m *SO* doing this! I love the end result, although I’ll have to figure out the liner part. (To say I don’t sew would be an understatement.) Hummm… I’m sure I can figure something out. I absolutely love how your ‘basket’ turned out – KUDOS! (Visiting from TGIF Link Party)

    ~Taylor-Made Ranch~
    Wolfe City, Texas

  6. Handy Man, Crafty Woman

    Congratulations! You’ve been featured on Wicked Awesome Wednesday! What a wonderful idea! And it came out so pretty! Thank you for sharing and feel free to stop by the website and pick up your “I’ve Been Featured!” button.

    1. Emily Post author

      Thanks Judy! I am really excited about the baskets too. You will see more of these in some of my future room reveals, for sure. Glad you stopped by!

  7. Linda

    This is totally awesome. So cheap to make and so wonderful to look at!! Thanks so much for sharing. My sister and I are always making stuff, too. Have a great weekend. Featuring you and PINNING at the party this week. Linda

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    1. Emily Post author

      Thanks Cathy! I really enjoyed making these baskets. I now have them everywhere. Glad you stopped by!

  10. Frannie B

    Do you have even an overview anywhere on how you made the liner? This is an amazing idea and I know I can do the jute rope wrapping!! ;-) However, sewing is not my bag and takes me a long time to do a project. I’m thinking you would cut 5 pieces of muslin the size of each side and bottom of the box and then add your seam allowance. Seems okay so far. Now my problem area, how do you attach the bottom to the sides? Is it easier to sew each side together without attaching to itself and then add in the bottom piece? Or add each side piece to the bottom piece and then sew the sides together? Trying not to waste material figuring it out! Any help would be greatly appreciated!

        1. Carol

          So glad you will be putting up a tutorial for the line as I have the same question as the ladies above. I am not much of a sewer. :-(

  11. Dorothy

    These are so cute. My son made me a coat rack/shelf for Mother’s Day and I’ve been trying it find baskets for it with no luck. So I think I going to go the box way that wat I can truly find the right size without spending an arm and a leg on them.

    I too would like to see a tutorial on how you made the liner. Just like others I don’t sew, but would like to make something for the inside.
    Thanks for the idea.

    1. Emily Post author

      Thanks Dorothy! I will give a few tips on other ways to make the liner as well as the sewn one.

  12. Linda

    I love recycling & saving money, & being able to choose the size box that we need is a bonus, I’m not good at sewing either so I’m looking forward to the liner tutorial, in the meantime I’ll use a white polythene pedal bin liner :) the beauty of being able to make our own cloth liner is we can choose a colour to match or contrast with our rooms too, thank you Emily :)

  13. Jane

    Hi! You did a fabo job on this DIY. I can’t help but look for the link on how to make the inner lining as well. Would you have the instructions for that handy? :)

    Job Well Done

    1. Emily Post author

      I will be sharing the tutorial for liner either this week or next. Thanks so much for your kind words, Jane and for stopping by!

  14. Nicole

    Je trouve votre idée géniale. bravo; J’aimerai essayer .pouvez -vous me dire quelle corde vous avez utiltisé et combien en faut-il ? merci beaucoup et encore bravo

  15. Deb

    I just make one of these baskets. It is not hard but tedious. I made an educated guess when purchasing the materials. Here is what I learned from making mine. I had approximately 400 square inches of box to cover. I bought 135 yards of the jute and probably used 100 yards of it. It took me 18 – 4″ hot glue sticks to glue up the jute. I found the box. Now on to making the linear. Glad I stumbled upon this project. Thanks


    Hermosos. La verdad, es que me dieron la solución que tanto buscaba. Necesito ordenar mi cuarto de costura y colocar en unos estantes cajitas con hilos, cintas, etc. En el mercado son carísimas y está bueno hacer algo con mis manos. Excelente. Cuando las haga, subo fotos. Susana.

  17. Andrea

    I do the same kind of project using cardboard boxes but instead of jute, i take fabric used for outdoor summer chairs that looks like wicker. They really look like store bought baskets.

  18. Emma

    It’s a lovely idea!
    I am not sure to understand how i can get the right dimnsion for the muslin and how to fix it????

    Thank u

  19. Pauline Eno

    I wish I had the option to print out your pattern for the jute covered boxes. It does not have it but i’d love to make some ! These nice boxes are very expensive , but wicked cheap to make .. If you could email me the pattern, i’d greatly appreciate that !
    Thank You ,

  20. Shelley Short

    I absolutely love this and definitely going to try this. I just moved into a place that has very little storage and moving has broke me as well. lol. Love, love this thank you very much.

  21. Ninoska Perez

    Timeless instruction and appreciate the photos that compliment them. It’s 2017 and this ingenious design is still worthy of imitation. Adding 4 ply jute string and more glue sticks to my shopping list. Already have the box and a whole lot of love :O)

  22. Chantal

    Merci beaucoup, je ne trouve pas les bonnes dimensions pour les mettre dans ma table de salon, je vais chercher de la corde blanche.Amitié

  23. gillyanne

    EVERYBODY – Glue sticks are too darned expensive, so STOP sweating all the hot glue sticks you’ll have to use to cover a box. JUST USE double-sided carpet tape around the box and stick the rope to the tape, and go around the box. EASY-PEASY – and CHEAP. Even if your bathroom “sweats”, the rope will already be stuck to the tape so it shouldn’t come loose. Glad to help!

    1. Erin

      Hi Cynthia,

      You can most likely find the fabric at your local fabric store. I also included a link in the post above to buy it online as well. Hope that helps!


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