Storage Bin to Toy Box Makeover

I was tired of looking at the ugly plastic bin I’ve been using as a toy box, but I didn’t want to spend money on an actual toy box. I decided to just give the bin a little makeover. It just took some wrapping paper, Mod Podge, burlap and decorative fence post caps to go from this:

Storage bin to toy box makeover.

To this:

Storage bin to toy box makeover

Like it? I think it looks great. The bin is in my family room so I picked materials that would go well with my current decor, but the possibilities are endless.


1. Bin
2. Fabric or wrapping paper. I used about a yard of burlap and wrapping paper I picked up at the dollar store
3. To keep the cost down I used decorative fence post caps as the legs instead of actual furniture legs. They cost about $3 each
4. Rope
5. Mod Podge
6. Hot glue
7. Lock nuts

I brushed the Mod Podge on the bin with a sponge brush working in small sections so I could attach the wrapping paper and keep wrinkles to a minimum. I still had to recruit a helper to hold the bin down for me. Isn’t he cute?

Storage bin to toy box makeover

My bin had a bit of a curve at the top. In the picture above you can see that I made some cuts to the paper so it would bend better and stay smooth below the curve. After I had it nice and smooth I trimmed off the extra paper.

Storage bin to toy box makeover.f

I covered the lid and the section with the curve with some burlap using my hot glue gun. Now it was time to attach the legs. Attaching the legs was super simple, I just drilled a hole and screwed them right in. They are on super tight, I got this idea after putting together one of my daughter’s ridding toys where the screws just went right in to the plastic.

Storage bin to toy box makeover

The screws that poked out inside were large and I was worried that they could scratch my little one if she decided to sit inside, so I added the Lock nuts to the top to cover up the pointy part and avoid any problems later.


Storage bin to toy box makeover
Storage bin to toy box makeover


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About Creative Dominican

Hi There! Thanks for stopping by. I'm Beca and I'm a wife, a mom, a web designer and crafter. I love to create things! It's a way for me to relax and remember my mother who was the most creative and talented person I have ever met. Hugs, Beca

31 responses »

  1. Wow I LOOOOVE this idea Rebeca, and I would never have said it was paper, awesome, when I first saw the pic I thought it was all fabric. It looks really good… it gives me lots of ideas to make around here with all the containers we have!!!! =D Awesome share!

    Hugs and xoxo

    • Thank you soooo much Cami! It was a fun one to do and the possibilities are endless, I’m already thinking of doing the same thing to the one in my son’s room too. Thanks sooo much for the visit and sweet comment. I hope your feeling better.

  2. Found you through Hometalk. I am SO doing this for my daughter. She has a storage box FULL of dinosaur figurines and Webkinz. I’d love to doll up a container to better suit her personality!

  3. Awesome as always! I’m impressed!

  4. This is so cool. I love it. What a fabulous idea and it looks totally amazing. Wow, I am so impressed with your creativity. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  5. Awesome. I’ve pinned this. It would be a perfect organization solution for our family room!

  6. This is an incredible idea! I’ve been racking my brain trying to come up with a way to “hide” the toys in the living room – and I think I just found it! Yay! We’ll be featuring this over at Someday Crafts tomorrow!

  7. Wow!! I, too, thought you used fabric to cover the whole box….love that wrapping paper!! Without the lids, this would make cute laundry hampers for my girls’ rooms and so coordinated to their styles!!! I have a couple of these boxes that got damaged when we moved that I could just duct tape and cover up. Score!! Thanks for the idea!! I found you through Inspire Me Link party and now am your newest follower by email and on pinterest.

    • Awesome! Thank you Stacey. The possibilities on this are endless. I’m even looking at all my plastics bins now and thinking of re-doing them all..LOL. Thanks so much for the follow! I hope your having a great weekend.

  8. Wow, that is impressive! I love how it looks! And you made it look so easy!

  9. I found you on the blog hop and I think your idea is genius! Where were you when my boys were young? lol
    I look forward to following your blog and getting to know you better!

  10. Love it…it does look like you used fabric!

  11. Great makeover!!! Looks awesome! Thank you so much for linking up to the Tuesday To Do Party!!! Can’t wait to see what you share this week!!
    The Blackberry Vine

  12. Awesome I’m in need of a toy box but don’t want to spend a lot if money. This is a great saving!!!

  13. Pingback: Dressing Up a Plastic Storage Bin

  14. Saw this on RoadKill Rescue – AMAZING!

  15. Reblogged this on charmcitycreativedesigns and commented:
    Storage Bin to Toy Bin


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