Decorated Storage Boxes

Recycle all types of boxes to make pretty storage boxes for your crafts, keepsakes, and precious memories.

Approximate Time: 3 or more hours



  • empty laundry detergent, shoe, or cigar boxes
  • scissors and ruler
  • ribbon, beads, silk flowers, bits and pieces of fabric, and lace
  • Contact paper, or gift wrap or wallpaper scraps
  • Elmer's Glue All, hot glue


I cover my boxes on the inside just as nicely as I do on the outside. I so often end up giving them away, and want them to look like a "gift".

Choose your box and cover it with the material (paper, fabric, wall-covering, gift wrap) you like. If you've never done one before, don't worry. You'll soon get the hang of it. I had to do a couple before I learned the best ways of doing lots of things.


Decorate it anyway you like. Be as lavish as you please. I use bits and pieces of old jewelry, tiny silk flowers, satin ribbon, whatever I like or things that mean something to us.

Two of the ones shown in the pictures are "Memory Boxes" and were first covered, then the tops were trimmed using some fabric from a day-robe that my mom wore. It was her favorite, and we always teased her about wearing it all the time. I cut strips of it, folded them and made them into roses by gathering the fabric and using hot glue to fix them in place.

The green velvet ribbon came from a dress she loved. Each of my daughters have their "Memory Boxes" already. The two shown here that are full of handkerchiefs and scarves belong to my son and me.

The two laundry detergent boxes with attached lids hold some of my "crafts in progress". I can leave them sitting anywhere, and they don't look so messy or out of place.


Any questions, please feel free to ask, and I'll do my best to help.

By Julia from Boca Raton, FL

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October 1, 20100 found this helpful

You'd never know that something so pretty and nice could have once lived in the laundry room. These are beautiful, and I really like that you used some of your mom's clothing to add to the "memory boxes". I wish I'd saved some of my mom's things. We should never try to give away or just let go of our loved one's things until we can think straight. The boxes would have meant lot to me now.


I'm going to make some of your boxes though to keep craft projects in too That's a great idea.

Thank you for sharing.


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October 2, 20100 found this helpful

How nice they are! I always keep my shoe boxes when I buy a new pair of shoes, then never know what to do with them other than leave the shoes in them. I would really like to make pretty storage containers with them, so I'll probably be asking questions. Number one question would be, "Do you have to cut the boxes down in order to cover the insides?" I can't imagine trying to get paper of any kind straight on the inside of a box like those detergent boxes.

Thanks for the really nice craft idea.


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October 2, 20100 found this helpful

I especially like the idea of making the memory boxes, and think my girls would enjoy doing something like this for the aunts and grandmothers for Christmas. We have all decided to make this year a totally "handcrafted gifts only" Christmas and we are looking forward to seeing what the family members come up with.


I have an idea that many families might be doing this just like we all used to do years ago. Maybe it's time we "got back to basics". Christmas was turning into "commercial mayhem" to hear my husband tell it.

Thank you for the great craft idea.


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October 3, 20100 found this helpful

I really like these pretty boxes and I think your favorite color is the same as mine. If I'm not careful, I make everything "blue", but I can see that your trim and decorative touches are so full of little elegant laces, ribbons and other interesting touches so you could cover them all with the same thing, then everything changes by the time they're finished. I will definitely make some of them.


Love all your ideas and thank you for sharing with us.


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October 6, 20100 found this helpful

Would love to know more about the pretty pink pillow inside the box. Did you make it also and how did you do it? Remember my Grandmother having one of those years ago and would love to make one. You certainly are talented.

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April 5, 20150 found this helpful

How do make the edges and corners inside look so perfect? How do you avoid jagged fringed edges and bunched up corners?

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