How to Repurpose Diaper Boxes for Home Storage

Updated on April 19, 2019
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Repurpose Diaper Boxes

Turn an empty diaper box into a functional storage bin
Turn an empty diaper box into a functional storage bin

Empty Boxes Galore!

When you have babies, you go through lots and lots and lots of diapers. So, I've had a fair share of diaper boxes at my disposal over the past 3.5 years. I tend to be lazy and don't take the time to break down these boxes and stick them in the trash, which has led to a "hoarding" of diaper boxes.

Begin with an empty box and cut the top flaps off of the box.
Begin with an empty box and cut the top flaps off of the box.

Storage Solution

I had lots of storage needs and began using some of these spare boxes. One area in particular was my craft wall. I had some bins and baskets, but at the time, I needed more storage and didn't want to run out and spend a fortune on matching stuff. So I went for the next best thing: all of those empty boxes I had stashed away. Of course, the Luvs boxes aren't very appealing and nowhere near decorative (ha!). I must confess that these boxes sat on the shelves of my craft wall for quite some time before I decided to spiff them up and give them a simple and inexpensive facelift!

Craft Wall Utilizing Diaper Boxes

The diaper and wipe boxes fit perfectly on the shelves, but are definitely an eyesore.
The diaper and wipe boxes fit perfectly on the shelves, but are definitely an eyesore.

Diaper Box Upcycle

To repurpose these boxes and make them more eye appealing, I gave them a simple makeover. With a short supply list and about 10 minutes, these boxes are completely transformed.

Tools Needed

  • Empty Diaper Box
  • Scissors
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Tape


  1. Cut the top 4 flaps off of the box.
  2. Wrap the outside of the box with the wrapping paper (just like you are wrapping a present) and secure with tape.
  3. I measured the paper so it would round over the top edge and cover about 3 inches inside the box.

Super easy, super quick, and super inexpensive!!!

Polka Dots and Chevron

Polka Dot and Chevron Paper used to cover boxes on the craft wall!
Polka Dot and Chevron Paper used to cover boxes on the craft wall!

The possibilities are endless with colors, patterns, and prints! Just pick wrapping paper that compliments your d├ęcor, and in minutes, you have a simple storage solution.

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Storage Box Notice

Since these boxes are being covered with paper, I would suggest this method for boxes that will not receive lots of traffic. The paper will be more likely to tear the more the box is taken on and off the shelf. But if you are looking for a quick solution and don't want to spend a bunch, then this is a great alternative for storage.


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      Della Vallee 

      17 months ago

      Thank you so much!! I FINALLY have something useful to start doing to the beyond hoarder amount of diaper boxes that fill half my attic. I tend to use them as laundry baskets/sorters half the time since a nice sized collection as started to take over the laundry room as well. In my defense, I have good intentions of not only wanting to upcycle the boxes, but use them to organize, create “homes” for everything, make a few things for my toddler girls (anyone ever try making a diaper box shelve to use with a play kitchen by chance because i would love some pointers haha!), and hopefully keep creative upcycle flow and redesign going and work the plastic diaper containers, baby food jars, and formula cans!

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      2 years ago

      I flipped the paper around and wrapped them white side out, then let my kid paint it. When the paint dried, I covered the whole thing in packing tape. The paper won't come off now, and the box is a bit more liquid and sticky stuff resistant. It can becwiped clean. Mine are holding up nicely.

    • by jarrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Becca Jarrett 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Love the idea of using contact paper :)

    • CatherineGiordano profile image

      Catherine Giordano 

      5 years ago from Orlando Florida

      I covered some large boxes I got at Costco with contact paper. More expensive, but more durable. I put them in my closet.

    • by jarrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Becca Jarrett 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Thanks so much for the kind words Sweetpikez !!! I like repurposing and reusing items I already have available!!!

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      Pinky de Garcia 

      5 years ago

      Dear jarrett,

      I've been recycling ang reusing different boxes for my school records and files. I enjoy decorating them with my old buttons, spring, string, wrapping paper and other craft materials.

      While reading your hub, I can see that you enjoy doing this masterpiece. I like the finished products you have. They are so elegant and creative.

      Thanks for sharing this. This practices the creativity,resourceful and thrifty skills of every individual. Above all, this saves trees from paper processing.

      Well done. Voted up, useful and beautiful.

      Have a nice day,



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