On the lookout for decorative storage container ideas? This tutorial will show you how to turn a cheap file box into an adorable storage container!

decorative storage container bin

As work continues on the Homeschool/Media/Everything Room it’s glaringly apparent that we have a desperate need for a storage container solution. Let me rephrase – we need a cheap, attractive storage solution – emphasis on the cheap!

Simply put, I have a lot of craft stuff. And, it had three different homes – I was hoping to corral it into one space with this room. One of these days I’ll get around to organizing all of it and will build a permanent craft supply home, but today I’m using these inexpensive plastic file boxes to store the craft supplies.

storage container - plain plastic file box

Don’t get me wrong; the file boxes work well – they are large enough and cheap, but they are kinda ugly and hide nothing with all of their hole-e-ness. Can you say add-to-the-clutter?

storage container - plain plastic file boxes
Ugly will never do! I came up with an easy fix, using scrapbook paper and jute.

How to Make a Cheap File Box into Decorative Storage Container

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You will need:

File Box 

Patterned cardstock (similar)

Jute Twine

Scrap paper

Hot glue and Glue gun

Label Pattern

Label Printer Sticker paper (optional)

Spray Adhesive (optional)

Here is what I did:

1. Create a pattern out of scrap paper by placing it against the side of the file box and loosely tracing the edge with a pencil. Cut out the pattern.

2. Trace the pattern onto the cardstock and cut out. Check the fit against the file box, trimming where needed.

storage container - cut out cardstock pattern

3. Attach the cardstock cut-out to the file box using hot glue, as shown. The holes have a raised edge that allows the adhesive to adhere to the cardstock nicely.

decorative storage bin makeover

decorative craft storage bin
4. To add interest, braid three pieces of jute twine (each about 10″ long) together, knotting at each end of the braid. Attach the twist under and around the handles, using hot glue.

decorative storage bin with handle

decorative office storage bins

storage box jute handle
The labels are available for free download to my subscribers – You can download them here.

5. Print off the stickers to a sticky label paper and adhere, or print them to regular printer paper affix them to the boxes using spray adhesive.

And that’s it!

In just a few minutes you’ll have the cute decorative storage you’re searching for. It’s funny how much of a difference something so simple can make. Quick, simple, and cheap. Just the way I like my crafts!

storage container

diy decorative storage container

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  1. lisa at Mabey She Made It on July 30, 2013 at 1:27 am

    What a fun economical way to make those crates cute! Nice job!

  2. Pam Klimper on July 30, 2013 at 3:34 am
  3. Yvonne Urra-Bazain on August 1, 2013 at 3:29 am

    That is some serious improvement! =D Thank you for sharing this neat idea.

  4. Ruth Soukup on August 2, 2013 at 3:39 am

    Ah, I love the before and afters!! They look so much better and SO much cuter! Thank you for linking up to Thrifty Thursday!

  5. Hillary on August 2, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Great idea to dress up some basic bins! http://lovelyonabudget.blogspot.com/

  6. Maria on January 10, 2019 at 8:10 am

    This is truly transforming plain something spectacular.

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