Plastic Drawers Makeover and DIY Sticker Labels
DIY Plastic Storage Drawers Makeover
This plastic drawers makeover is quite easy to do, and you can customize them to look however you like.
And after you have your pretty drawers done, you can create some magical DIY clear sticker labels so you can easily tell what’s inside them.
I started with these two basic plastic storage drawers units that I’ve had for awhile. They’re practical, but they’re also very b-o-r-i-n-g. And, quite frankly, I don’t want to see what’s inside them.
You can find these plastic drawer units in all shapes and sizes. These are 9 1/2″ high, by 10 1/2″ wide, by 12 inches deep.
When I did my craft desk makeover a little while back, I mentioned that these days I’m feeling the need to work in a pretty environment that inspires me and makes me feel good while I’m creating.
I think we all need that, and it’s not that difficult or expensive to make practical things pretty. And to that end I’m continuing to give things in my craft room what I consider to be much-needed makeovers.
I got this book of scrapbook paper at my local dollar store for $4. It has 50 sheets in coordinating patterns and colors.
Easy plastic drawers makeover with scrapbook paper
I picked the six sheets that I wanted to use and gathered up the few supplies that I needed: my paper cutter, some clear packing tape, a measuring tape, and a pencil.
These scrapbook sheets are about 8 cents a piece, so this is a very inexpensive makeover.
Supplies needed for plastic storage drawers makeover
- plastic storage drawers
- scrapbook paper
- clear packing tape
- paper cutter
- sewing measuring tape
STEP ONE: Measure the inside of your drawers: the front and the two sides. You want your pieces to be slightly smaller than the actual measurement. Then cut your scrapbook paper pieces to size.
My inside drawer measurement are 2 1/2 inches high by 9 1/2 wide for the fronts, and 2 1/4″ inches high and 11 1/2″ wide for the sides.
Those measurements will vary, depending on the size of drawers that you have.
Applying scrapbook paper pieces inside drawers
STEP TWO: Start with the front piece. Do a dry fit to make sure it fits well.
STEP THREE: Apply clear packing tape to the back of your scrapbook paper piece, leaving an overhang of the tape along the top edge. This is so it will adhere to the inside of the plastic drawer.
STEP FOUR: Put your front scrapbook paper piece in place, pressing down the tape along the top edge. The top edge of the tape should be just below the top edge of the drawer.
STEP FIVE: Apply the tape along the sides and bottom to adhere it to the drawer. For extra durability, make sure to cover the paper entirely with tape.
STEP SIX: Do the same to the sides of the drawer.
TIP: Before putting things inside your drawer make sure the sticky side of your tape isn’t exposed anywhere. You don’t want things sticking to the inside of your drawer. If you do find a spot, just cover it with another piece of tape.
Pretty scrapbook paper inside plastic drawers
And that’s it. My first plastic drawer makeover is done. It’s so pretty, and it was so easy.
A this point I should mention that I decided to use packing tape for this project for four reasons. One; it was super easy. Two; not messy. Three: it’s clear. And most importantly; the tape can easily be removed if I ever want to change the look.
You could, of course, use decoupage medium to glue the scrapbook paper pieces in place permanently if you like.
I did the sides as well so I can move the plastic drawer units around if I ever want to.
Here’s one side of the completed second drawer unit.
And the other side.
The fun thing about using different patterns in coordinated colors is you can change the drawers around if you want to.
It’s all about what you love.
This is the look that I decided I liked the best.
Now it’s time to create some easy and fun DIY clear labels so you know what’s inside those pretty drawers.
Making easy DIY clear sticker labels
STEP ONE: Print out your labels on regular photocopy paper. I picked a font that would stand out just enough without getting in the way of the pretty papers.
I have a laser printer, but I have heard that this works on inkjets as well but I haven’t tried that myself so I can’t say for sure.
Supplies needed for DIY clear sticker labels
- photocopy paper
- clear packing tape
- bowl of water
STEP TWO: Place the clear packing tape on to the paper so it completely covers the words.
STEP THREE: Burnish the tape onto the paper with a hard edge. I used a metal ruler, but you could also use any credit or debit card.
STEP FOUR: Cut your labels to size, making sure the tape completely covers the cutouts.
Now here is where the magic happens. I can’t explain it, but it works.
STEP FIVE: Place your labels into a bowl of water and leave for at least 5 minutes. I did just three at a time because I didn’t want any labels to sit in the water too long while I was working on them in the next step.
STEP SIX: Rub away the paper with your fingers. The paper should come off very easily. If it doesn’t, put the label back in the water for a little more time.
You’ll notice that the tape doesn’t feel sticky when it’s wet, but that stickiness comes back when it dries… which doesn’t take very long. It was almost dry by the time I removed all the paper.
And this is what you’ll when you’re done.
TIP: Make sure your fingers are very clean, and don’t wipe your wet fingers on your pants while you’re removing the paper backing. If you look closely, you can see a cat hair on this label behind the word pressed. With 5 cats in the house cat hair showing up where it’s not wanted is pretty hard to avoid. But I just put the label back in the water and cleaned the cat hair off, and I used a paper towel to keep my fingers dry.
Plastic Drawers makeover with DIY clear sticker labels
And here are my DIY sticker labels on my newly made over plastic drawers.
I love that I can easily remove these DIY clear sticker labels and create new ones if I ever decide to change what’s in a drawer.
Here’s the before again.
And here’s the after.
I have to say that I love them so much, and this plastic drawers makeover was even easier than I thought it would be. And inexpensive too, at about 50 cents.
I think that’s a lot of bang for my half a buck.
It would be greatly appreciated if you would pin this project to your favorite Pinterest board, and also share it with your friends.
Thanks so much for reading and until next time,
Wow!!! Those turned out adorable!! The sticker idea is amazing…..have never seen that before. And I label everything. You better believe that this idea is going to get some use!!!!! Thanks…..again….for all your wonderful ideas!!!! Oh, and pinned!
Thanks Dona! I haven’t always been a labeler, but from now on I’m going to be labeling everything too. 🙂
Super cute Tuula! I have some large plastic drawers with wheels and was thinking of updating the ugly plastic fronts too. I think I can use this idea for those as well!
Thanks Tania! I just bought a large one on wheels for my craft room just yesterday, and I”ll definitely be prettifying and labeling it before I fill it up. It feel so good when things are organized, but also pretty.
I love this Tuula! Definitely brightens up a room! Thank you for sharing! I love that it is easy too!
Thanks Amy! I love to have flowers in every room in one form or another.
So pretty & colorful!
Thanks very much Renee!
I have several of these plastic drawer units in my home office/craft room that could really use being beautified like this. Love the bright and happy colors you used. Thanks for the inspiration Tuula!
Thanks Marie! I have a few more that I still need to prettify, and then I’m done. Having pretty things like this in my creative space really does make me feel happier when I’m in there. I’m not constantly thinking about how I need to tidy up and organize. lol. It frees up the brain for creative inspiration.