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Cardboard Box Crafts

Cardboard Box Crafts

It's time for cardboard box crafts!!!  I was telling a very crafty friend what I was going to be making today in my craft room – and she really tried to convince me to do something else, lol 🙂  As I described it to her over Facetime, she was just shaking her head and giving me other project suggestions instead.

When I texted her the finished project, she asked, “Is that the box?”  Followed by, “No Way!!!”

This craft has been on my list for a while now and I can't wait to share it with you.



  • Cardboard box or shoe box
  • Rope
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue
  • Fabric
  • Poly-fil Comforter & Quilt Batting
  • Sewing Machine


The Making

Start by cutting off the top flaps and sections of your box.

Then measure the inside of your box.  My box is a 7-3/4″ x 7-3/4″ square that is 4-1/2″ tall.  That will tell you the size of Poly-fil Comforter & Quilt Batting you need.  I added and extra 1-1/2 to each end of mine to allow me to wrap up and over the sides of the box.  I used hot glue to add this to my box.

Before pic of an amazing cardboard box crafts idea

Using Poly-fil Comforter & Quilt Batting gives you a plush finish to your box rather than just adding fabric directly to cardboard.  You don't need a lot, but it makes quite a difference on your project.  Using this particular batting that is thicker makes the fabric more full looking and also smooths out any imperfections 🙂

Cardboard box crafts underway - come see how to create some gorgeous DIY home storage on a budget!Then it's time to cut your fabric.  Measure the outside of your box, mine was almost 8-1/4″.  I wanted each side to be it's own piece and the bottom.  Using a 1/2″ seam allowance gave me fabric measurements of 9-1/4″ x 9-1/4″ for the bottom panel.  Each side piece is 9-1/4″ x 6″.

Come see how to reuse cardboard boxes and make super cute DIY home storage organization a snap!Connect each side piece at your sewing machine to the next side piece, etc to create a “box”.  Then sew your bottom piece to your fabric box sides.  Flip right side out and fit into your box. Use hot glue to attach fabric to the outside of your box.
Today I am sharing super cute DIY cardboard crafts ideas - get rid of those boxes piling up with recycled crafts!Flip right side out and fit into your box. Use hot glue to attach fabric to the outside of your box.
My partway completed cardboard box crafts project - come see how it turns out!Pick a starting point for your rope.  The amount of rope you will need is based on the size of box you have and how high up you want the rope to go.  Add hot glue to attach your rope doing one side at a time.  I used less than three packages of Nautical Rope from the Dollar Tree.  Keep hot gluing and wrapping your rope and then finish on the side where you started.

My cardboard crafts ideas project is getting its final trim - come see how it turned out!Then just like that, you have a stunning decorative box made from a little bit of fabric, rope, and hot glue!  My total cost for this was less than $4!!!  Can you believe it?  It just doesn't get any better than this!  Total time was 1-1/2 hours.  It would have much less if I had cut my fabric to the right sizes the first time 🙂
After pic of an amazing cardboard box crafts ideas!I love cardboard box crafts so much because especially since Amazon came on the scene, we have no shortage of boxes laying around.  Recycle them and turn them into adorable storage solutions for your home. 
Before pic of an amazing cardboard box crafts idea

Thank you so much for checking out this cardboard box crafts idea – I hope you like it and are inspired to give it a try!  XOXO, Meg


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  1. I just found your new link party today! I’m now following you on Pinterest. I commented on this post yesterday, before I found your party ~ lol.

  2. I agree your box project is awesome. I picked up some of that same rope at Dollar Tree but put it back because I didn’t really have a “project” in mind for it at the time. Now I do and can upcycle some boxes at the same time. Thanks so much for sharing your idea. #HomeMattersParty

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