Making A Shelf Out Of Cardboard Boxes

I woke up this morning with a “bee in my bonnet”, so much so that I decided to attack the storage room. You know that room where all the various boxes seem to pile up and then you forget to put them out with the trash?

While merrily flattening the boxes I realized I had a few that were the same size and crafty inspiration struck!. Lets change that silly nook around the corner into a play nook and use the boxes as shelves! Yay!

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Putting the boxes aside, I had a look around Google, nothing much to get excited about, saw almost no pins in Pinterest, so just grabbed my scissors and duct tape (yes duct tape) and started.

Most of the pictures in my search had the lids cut off, bending them inward looked weird and so did bending them backwards, so off they went. I had various helpers, from my 2 year old stacking the boxes to my 3 year old wanting to help cut the duct tape, and my almost 5 month old happily “supervising” everyone.

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Here are the steps to make your own DIY Cardboard Box Shelves

  1. Gather your materials, boxes, scissors and duct tape.
  2. Cut the lids off of the boxes
  3. Style your boxes
  4. Tape a row at a time
  5. Then tape the entire thing together
  6. Paint it
  7. Add toys

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Now I didn’t paint mine. I was heading outside with my spray can when it started raining.

But after putting toys in to test it out I decided since its kinda in a corner, I don’t think I’ll even paint it for now.

I might add some more boxes later on and then get some different color paints, like red, blue, yellow, purple and do all different things.

All in all, I’m very happy with my shelf I didn’t have to pay a cent for!

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Nicolette Roux
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  1. says

    This is just what I need! We have moved into a house with little cupboard space and think this is the solution to getting the toys and other tot-friendly lightweights stashed away.

  2. Ashley says

    If you don’t have any boxes on hand, you can order flat rate shipping boxes for free from the post office. They come is various sizes and they will even deliver them to your house.

  3. says

    That is such a cool up-cycle! I have a bunch of diaper boxes that need to be turned into shelves. Thanks for sharing at Mom’s Library!


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