- Fridays are for prepping the weekends DIY storage/ organization and design projects. Many families with young children have a steady flow of wipe boxes coming into the house. I hate recycling them, I would rather reuse them first! These boxes are “strong and tough”, as my daughter would say! Here is how to reuse them and make them pretty.
- With the first child we did cloth wipes. With the birth of our second, the running of a design business from home and finding a bit of time for my self, there was no more time for cloth wipes. (We have managed to keep the cloth diapers!) Every time I opened a new box of wipes I hate throwing the empty box out, even to the recycling. They are so sturdy and such a great size. I don’t however, have the time to sew a nice little fabric box cover that you see all over the internet. With 2 children under 3, a home based business and being an avid re-user and up cycler, I wanted to make use of these boxes. The designer in me makes me want it to be pretty, the mom in me makes me want to do it quickly and the DIYer in me is cheep and not a sewer.
- Here is the answer:
- roll of kitchen cabinet liner from the dollar store 2$ (the role I bought was enough to cover two boxes)
- Some sort of white primer if you don’t want to see the print through the box.
- empty box of wipes
Start by cutting the top flaps off the box. It doesn’t have to be perfect, the vinyl will cover the imperfections. Push down the handle flaps, you need to keep these, they will stay in place with the vinyl.
I gave mine a quick coat of gesso. Expensive stuff but mine has been sitting in my office for over 10 years unused. I once aspired to be an artist like my mom, i have since found my own creative outlet and it rarely involves gesso. You can use any kind of primer of paint for this. Dark works under dark vinyl and light colours work under light vinyls. In this case my vinyl has white in it so a white undercoat was perfect.
Doesn’t have to be perfect coverage, just enough to dull the colours, the vinyl will cover the rest.
My roll of vinyl was 60″x18″. A cute leaf and ladybug pattern that goes well in my daughters room.
A quick check to measure the width of the box and the width of the paper. I do as much as I can by eye. I determined that centre would be perfect. Luckily this type of paper often has some sort of graph and has lines to follow on the back!
I can see that half will be more than enough. A quick fold and pinch to find the centre.
I cut the vinyl in half lengthwise. This now gives me enough for two boxes! This paper rolls up and can be a bit of a pain. Once you start pealing off the backing they vinyl lays flat quite easily.
Place the side of your box down on the vinyl.
Leaving a few inches at the end, wrap this around the side of the box. Be gentile, the vinyl can wrinkle, it is best to start rubbing it from one side of the box to the other in the direction of paper being placed.
Roll the box down the vinyl, being careful to keep the vinyl tight and rubbing out the wrinkles.
Once you reach the end of the box, cut off excess vinyl. You will be left with a box with about an inch of vinyl at the top and one at the bottom.
Carefully cut out the corners for easy folding. I cut out a wedge shape, folding the wedge in first then the remaining sides.
There you go! A super cute sturdy box. I used mine in the bottom of by daughters closet. And now they hold all the craft supplies in the pantry!