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How to Make Easy Drop Cloth Storage Boxes
- Cardboard boxes
- Canvas drop cloth
- Decorative ribbon
- Permanent spray glue
- Or to make cutting even easier, I love my cutting mat and rotary cutter.
- Seam gauge
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Cotton rope
- Optional: for the script labels I used my Silhouette Cameo and some heat transfer vinyl
Cut your drop cloth so you have 2 pieces that are size of the side of the box plus 2″ for both width and height. Also cut 1 piece that is 1″ wider than the box (1/2″ on either side) and the length of the front, bottom, and back of the box plus 2″.
Iron 1/2″ seam on each side of the front, bottom, back piece. Use a hot iron with lots of steam to create a crisp fold. The seam gauge also makes this quick and accurate.
Spray the wrong side of the drop cloth sides with a heavy coating of the spray glue. Carefully center it on the side of the box and fold over the extra 1″ all around.
Cut notches out of the bottom to allow the corners to lay flat.
Spray the wrong side of the front, bottom, back piece with a heavy coat of spray glue. With the front of the cardboard box hanging over the edge of a table, line up the piece so there is a 1″ overhang on the top and it is centered on the box. Rotate the box and press along the bottom then back. Fold over the overhang into the box.
If there was not enough spray glue on any of the edges of the drop cloth, use the hot glue gun to secure them.
Use the hot glue to attach a piece of ribbon over the raw edge of the drop cloth on the inside of the box.
Cut a piece of cotton rope big enough for a handle. Tie one side with a knot and cover the other side with a piece of tape to keep it together for a minute.
Use a pointy pair of scissors to pierce a hole through the box where you want your handle.
Using the tape covered piece of rope, push it through the inside of the box. Then through the other hole back into the inside of the box. Tie it off with another knot.
To create the script labels, design your labels in Silhouette design studio. I used a font called Kenstein. Make sure to weld together any cursive text to create a continuous word instead of individual letters. Mirror the text before cutting it out on heat transfer vinyl.
Weed out the extra vinyl around the text. Iron the heat transfer vinyl onto the front of your box with a hot dry iron. You need to apply 15 seconds of heat and pressure. If you box isn’t large enough to fit on your ironing board, place a hard object inside your box to give your resistance while ironing.
Now all that is left is to get to organizing. It feels so good to have a designated space for all our clothes. Now we can find anything we need. It’s almost too organized. Getting ready only takes a couple minutes now. I might even be on time to everything!
More amazing DIY storage solutions:
- Iron holder with ironing board storage
- Paint storage shelves
- Toy storage unit
- Dining room built in bench with storage
- Removable pegboard for craft room
- Chalkboard organizing labels