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Numbered Storage Boxes–{Funky Faith Girl}

Howdy! I’m Leigh over from Funky Faith Girl. I’m so excited to be here today and to share a recent way I’ve helped to organize my home.

I knew I needed some cute boxes or bins for my living room. My boys have a playroom but spend a lot of time in the living room. Since the toys tend to end down here anyway, I needed some grown up cute ways to organize the toys. I didn’t want kids decor in my living room anymore. I’ve recently seen the big diaper boxes being turned into storage boxes and immediately knew I wanted the same idea. However, I knew that my kids would immediately destroy cardboard and that I needed something sturdier. I wanted wood. Luckily the wood would be covered in fabric so I could go super cheap.

I bought one sheet of plywood for $6.50 and then cut it into the sizes I needed to make the boxes.

I made mine 12x18x12, I wanted them to be deep to fit under the TV table.

I wanted to use the nail gun because the board I bought was thinner than I thought but since it was night time and the kids were sleeping, I used my drill and screws. It took a little more patience but got the job done. If you’re more patient than me I suggest using skinny nails. The boxes done and ready for fabric.

I bought 3 Canvas Drop clothes at Home Depot. They were 5’x5′ and a perfect size. I cut out squares of the corners, stopping a couple of inches from each corner. Then I cut a slit into each corner.

See I cut the slits that way so I could fold them over and the edges don’t show. This was super easy especially with hot glue. I did this with all for sides and each box. I chose not to cut the extra canvas off and just staple it down on the inside of the box.

(more on that later)

All done and ready for decoration.

I got some cute fabric on sale at Joann’s for $8 to trim the top of the boxes.

I ironed the edges back and then just eyed how far down I wanted it and glued. I did fold it over into the box for a complete look.

For me, I wasn’t going for perfection, I just wanted cute boxes and a cute look. I eyed it and it worked out pretty well. If you’re not good at this then you can measure from the top.

Boxes with the fabric and ready for some extra cuteness!

(sorry for bad lighting, this is what happens when you’re up at 1-2am finishing crafts like me!)

I printing some large numbers in a font I liked and cut them out to use as stencils. I traced one number on the front of each box, then I painted them a blue turquoise color.

Ta-Da! All done!

I absolutely LOVE the way these turned out. Right now I’m still having to use them for toys, but hopefully soon I can put magazines or cute rolled up blankets in them! This was a great, fast and cheap way to help organize my living room.

It cost me $33 in supplies. I already had the hot glue, screws and paint. Overall a great deal since you can’t but wooden custom boxes this big for $11 a piece anywhere!

Thanks so much for letting me share with you. I hope you get inspired to organize your home!


  1. Unaiz says:

    Really Awesome idea..! like it, thanks for sharing

  2. Leigh says:

    Thanks for all the love! I’m not sure who made the fabric. It was their big bolt decorator fabric but I hadn’t seen it before. Sorry! 🙁
    For the angles on the wood I just predrilled each hole in the sides then I slowly screwed in front and back boards to the base. Then I screwed in the sides. I did go slow so I didn’t split the board. I just kept them flush and knew with 4 sides it wouldn’t really be crooked. I always eye it. You can use a square but I just watched to make sure they lined up. Plus its all covered with canvas so a little overlap on the sides is covered and padded. 🙂

  3. Chris says:

    You did a great job! Since I’ve never built anything, how do you keep the sides at right angles when you are putting the screws in?

  4. Margot Perry says:

    I LOVE the fabric. You mentioned you got it at JoAnnes, but do you recall who it was made by or what the design of the fabric is called? Great job!

  5. Mindy says:

    I totally have to craft at 1am too! 🙁

  6. Lindsay says:

    Ahh brilliant! I was sitting in the living room this morning enjoying my cup of coffee and wondering where half of the room went. Its been taken over by TOYS! Then Your post popped up! It was a sign lol. Thanks for the inspiration. I know what I’m doing today!

  7. Elizabeth says:

    These are beautiful! My hubby made me a bookshelf awhile back and I LOVE it! However, I can not find boxes or baskets that fit just right in the shelves. Now I’m inspired to just make my own – looks easy enough. TFS

  8. Kelsey says:

    I love them! I recovered one of my son’s huggies diaper boxes in burlap and put a chalkboard label on it. I use it for mail which I want to save but don’t want to see sitting around my house! I’ve been thinking of making more (and have been saving the boxes), so I’m going to have to make some with the trim!

    Thanks for sharing Leigh!

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