Turning a Diaper Box into a Basket

How to turn a diaper box into a basket.
I think most moms can relate to the pain that comes with buying box after box of diapers.  Not only do you go through an insane amount of diapers each month, but after a while, you are left with piles and piles of empty boxes.

I don’t know about you, but it honestly pains me to throw away good-sized boxes.  First I used them to organize all of Judah’s clothes as he outgrew them.  Then I saved some to wrap presents during the holidays.  And then I put a couple in my car to organize Judah’s toys and overflow. But even after that, we still had more!

So in an attempt to make use out of the many boxes we’re left over with as a disposable-diapering family, I decided to repurpose them, but this time, in a pretty way that I could use for decorating purposes.

Turning a Diaper Box into a Basket

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There are many tutorials on wrapping vases, shoe boxes, or wine bottles with twine, and I’ve even done one in the past and still love it.   And I did actually entertain the idea of wrapping an entire diaper box in twine, but then I came to my senses and realized that with our schedule, I would probably have one box finished by the time Judah entered Kindergarten.  And then I had a thought: rope!

So I headed to our Home Depot and grabbed two things of rope and got to work. I used leftover fabric that I had to line the inside with hot glue.  (Disclaimer: I am no seamstress, and I WISH I had the skill and patience to have done a neat job.)

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Then I just went around each row with dotted lines of hot glue and pressed the rope down.  It took me two naps and I was done! It’s not the neatest job or prettiest, but it’s a finished job.  And these days, those are the most beautiful! (Are you on Pinterest? Be sure to pin this if you love it and follow all the Red Stick Moms pins here!)

Basket Created From Diaper Box

What are some ways you use your leftover diaper boxes?


34 Responses to Turning a Diaper Box into a Basket

  1. Charlotte January 14, 2014 at 2:40 pm #

    This is awesome, Jenny! I’ve covered diaper boxes in fabric or paint before but never would have thought to wrap one in rope! I love it!

  2. Lauren Z. October 27, 2014 at 4:47 pm #

    I’ve been looking into this for a project I’m doing. I actually like the rope a lot better than the twine! Thank you for the idea.

    • Jenny November 16, 2014 at 1:07 pm #

      So glad this idea could help! Happy crafting!

  3. Grace November 2, 2014 at 4:13 pm #

    What a clever idea! It pains me to throw away those nice boxes too! I tried repurposing with cute scrapbook paper, but that didn’t last too long. This seems like a wonderful way to upcycle and looks very durable. Thanks for the great tutorial!

    • Jenny November 16, 2014 at 1:08 pm #

      Thanks Grace! It is very durable and still going strong. 🙂 I’ve also used fabric and those came out really cute as well. Good luck!

  4. Erin December 8, 2014 at 11:41 am #

    This is awesome, I plan to do some for Christmas gifts this year! Was wondering, did you put anything on the bottom? Thanks for sharing!!!!

    • Sharon March 29, 2015 at 11:16 pm #

      Did you mean because of the gap thats always in the bottom of those boxes? When I cut the flaps off the top, I tape them together and then set them in the bottom! They’re covered by the lining and make it a bit sturdier.

  5. Jenny Gilbert December 9, 2014 at 9:11 pm #

    Hi Erin! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I didn’t put anything on the bottom, but I’m sure you could put a piece of fabric on the bottom before wrapping it in rope. Happy basket making! 🙂

  6. Pinterest Addicted January 9, 2015 at 10:02 am #

    This is an awesome tutorial! I love the idea of using rope instead of twine. It was probably much cheaper too, right? How much fabric did you use and how did you secure the fabric to the box?

  7. Jenny January 13, 2015 at 8:58 am #

    Hi and thanks! It was much cheaper than a basket that size and if you can find even thicker rope, it would probably be even cheaper since I had to get two rolls. I’m really not sure how much fabric it was since it was leftover, but I think a yard would be more than enough–maybe even half a yard. I just hot glued the fabric to the box. It’s not a fancy job, but it works! Hope that helps! And thanks again!!

  8. Stephanie Shelton January 17, 2015 at 3:11 pm #

    i LOVE this idea!!! Is there anyway you can show the start of the rope and how you ended it? Thats my huge issue with these types of projects..is how to neatly start and finish them..thanks soo much (BTW how cute would it be to fill with stuff for a new mom and give at a baby shower 😉 )

    • Jenny February 12, 2015 at 8:21 am #

      Thanks Stephanie! I’m pretty sure I started the rope on the side because its easy to hide, and then I just went until I ran out of box. That way, you can turn it to the side that doesn’t have the end and its hidden as well. Does that make sense? A baby shower gift would be a great idea!! Buy the diapers for the mom and then use the box to display it all. 🙂 Good luck!!

  9. Amanda Joy February 8, 2015 at 9:48 am #

    I think you did a great job! And I like how you said, “…It’s a finished job.” Ain’t that the truth!! Ha!
    I started following you on Pintrest, (@poopernugget) and will definitely repin this and try it out for myself. Thanks for sharing!! Xoxo’s

    • Jenny February 12, 2015 at 8:22 am #

      Hi Amanda! Yes–that is the motto I live by when it comes to crafts!! I used to be a perfectionist, but I learned quick to let some of that go, haha. I’ll look for you on Pinterest and thanks so much for sharing!

  10. Ellie flood February 11, 2015 at 12:29 pm #

    how much rope you need?

    • Jenny February 12, 2015 at 8:24 am #

      Hi Ellie! I went to Home Depot and got two rolls of rope. I had some left over, but I would say it takes a roll and a half. It was kind of learn as I went, so I’m not entirely sure the yardage. I plan to make some more, so when I do, I’ll have to update it with more specifics. Thanks for the idea!

      • Sharon April 1, 2015 at 11:30 pm #

        I must have found the biggest diaper box ever. I bought 100ft of 1/2″ rope and it wasn’t enough :/

        • Jenny May 26, 2015 at 10:22 am #

          Oh Sharon I’m so sorry! All I remember is that I bought two rolls from Home Depot. I didn’t even think to look at the amount of feet it was. 🙁

      • Jessica April 24, 2016 at 4:33 am #

        Oh joy! I have plenty of these boxes! Thank you for the help! Do you have an approximation on the rope length needed for the box?

  11. Caren February 21, 2015 at 7:42 pm #

    i just did 2 of these for a diaper shower. They turned out great! I bought fabric (a yard is perfect) and used about 100 feet of rope. I used a woven “camo” rope. I’m going to use smaller boxes for fun storage. Thanks for the pin

    • Jenny May 26, 2015 at 10:23 am #

      So happy to hear!! I recently used fabric for another one and loved it just as much as the rope. Thanks for letting me know about your success with it!

  12. Shar February 25, 2015 at 12:43 pm #

    Hi Jenny;

    Its feb 25, 2015. Im just now seeing this on my facebook page. We get our diapers delivered & like many, we’ve had all sizes of boxes hanging around. This new idea will be gifts now (fill w/useful items for differnt occassions), thanks. to your wonderful idea! We could all use storage boxes every now & then, for anything! Thanks again & look forward to many more thoughts & ideas♡♡♡

    • Jenny May 26, 2015 at 10:36 am #

      What a great idea! I never even thought about making smaller box baskets for gifts!

  13. Hayley March 1, 2015 at 6:04 am #

    what an amazing idea! I love this! I have repinned and would love to share this post if that’s ok with you? I’m not all to crafty but I think even I could do this one!!

    • Jenny May 26, 2015 at 10:37 am #

      Sorry I’m so late to reply! I’ve been out on maternity leave, but I would LOVE for you to share it! Good luck with your crafting!!

  14. RM June 10, 2015 at 12:21 pm #

    What did you do for the bottom on the outside? Do you cover that I rope too or just leave the box showing?:)

    • Jenny June 10, 2015 at 2:11 pm #

      I just left the box showing, and no one is the wiser. 🙂

  15. Sarah July 2, 2015 at 2:54 pm #

    what a great idea! I have turned a box into a sensory box by taping it up and cutting a smallish hole in one end then deco patching the whole thing followed by deco patch varnish….it’s lasted over a year of play so far and is great for hiding toys in, a favourite game for my little one!

  16. Jenny July 7, 2015 at 11:04 am #

    Sarah! What a fun idea! I would never have even thought about using my boxes for sensory boxes. So clever!

  17. Julie October 20, 2015 at 11:55 am #

    Did you hot glue the fabric lining the inside of the box or just create a rounder basket with it and just secure the top edges of the box?

  18. Jenny October 21, 2015 at 4:53 pm #

    Hi Julie! I did glue it at some parts just to make sure it would keep its shape when I put things in it, so it wouldn’t pull. Hope that helps and good luck!

  19. Giani January 14, 2016 at 3:07 pm #

    Do you know what type of rope you used and what size? Manila, nylon, cotton? 1/4″, 1/2″, 3/8″??

  20. Carly February 14, 2017 at 10:40 pm #

    HI Jenny! I’m wondering If I can link to this tutorial in a round up and use one image in a post? Its a post on nursery decor. Let me know? Thank you!

    • Fleur February 17, 2017 at 9:45 am #

      Hi Carly! It’s certainly not a problem to utilize our posts and an image — just please be sure to credit (and link if online) Red Stick Moms Blog with whatever you are utilizing. Thank you!

      Managing Editor, RSMB

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