Easy DIY Wine Cardboard Box Makeover
This easy DIY wine cardboard box makeover creates an inexpensive storage option that can be customized to your own home decor style.
This is the time of year when I always reorganize my craft room, and I have to say that I love the process of getting things in order.
The Christmas crafting supplies tend to cause a bit of craft room chaos. But as soon as I put those up and out of the way on the high shelves it’s time to get down to business. I’ve been going through bin by bin and deciding what to keep and what to donate, and reorganizing as I go.
One thing I’ve come to realize is those soft sided cubes that I’ve been using for the past few years just aren’t going to cut it anymore. They don’t hold heavy things well, and even with lighter things they tend to get over-stuffed and out of shape over time.
So I came up with a solution with this wine cardboard box makeover that’s totally going to transform my craft room storage. And I hope it can help you get organized too. I actually shared a liquor store box makeover a few years ago. Even though I still love that project I consider this an upgrade.
Because for me it’s not just about practical, it’s also always about pretty.
Wine Cardboard Box Makeover with Wallpaper
And speaking of pretty. Here’s some fabulous floral wallpaper that I found at a thrift store last year. It’s five different sized rolls of the same paper, and it was only $3. Three of the rolls have quite a bit on them, and two are basically just long pieces.
For me this was totally a no brainer. I had no idea what I was going to do with the wallpaper, but I knew I had to have it.
I’ve always loved colorful wallpaper that has a white or cream background. The colors just pop; and the pink, burgundy, green and blue in this paper is just so pretty. To me it feels classic and funky at the same time. I would actually love to have this wallpaper on every wall in my bedroom, but because it’s in pieces I can’t be sure if I could get even one wall done.
So I’ll have to use it in accent projects, starting in my craft room. I do have a project planned for the bedroom that I’ll be sharing at a later date.
Here’s a wine cardboard box that I picked up free at my local liquor store. These boxes are super sturdy and come with inserts that help to organize things. You’ll see how the insert fits in when this makeover is finished.
Supplies needed for this wine cardboard box makeover
- wine cardboard box
- decoupage medium
- foam brush
- utility knife
The first thing to do is measure where you’ll be keeping your box. My shelf height is about 13″ and the box is about 12″, so I just had to cut the flaps off the top. I did this easily with a utility knife.
Now my box is all ready to go. The top doesn’t have to be perfect because the wallpaper will be folded over into the inside.
Measuring and cutting the wallpaper
This cardboard box measures 12″ x 9″. I measured two wallpaper pieces to be 14″ tall so they could wrap around the top and bottom of the box.
Applying the decoupage medium
Starting with one of the long sides, I applied a coat of decoupage medium all over it with my foam brush.
Another idea would be to use wide double-sided tape. My issue with that is that you have to get it right the first try when you place the wallpaper down. Once your wallpaper is stuck to the tape there’s no moving it. Decoupage medium gives you a little time to get the placement right. Not a ton mind you, but it does allow you to life and try again if you don’t get it right the first time.
Applying the wallpaper to the cardboard box
I applied my wallpaper piece, making sure to leave about an inch at the top and the bottom. Then I just smoothed it in place with my hands. You don’t want to press down too heavily on the side of the box as you do this. You can place one hand inside the box and follow that hand with the hand on top so you can apply a little bit of pressure.
After applying the wallpaper to the sides in the same way, I cut a slit in the corners of the wallpaper.
And folded them over the bottom using the decoupage medium to hold them in place.
I did the same for the top edges.
Finishing the side of the cardboard box
Once I had applied my two pieces of wallpaper I had a little gap on the one side.
So I measured and cut a piece to basically cover that whole side, which you’ll see in one of the finished pics below.
Here’s what the bottom looks like with the box all done. Once the wallpaper was dry I applied clear packing tape just to keep the wallpaper edges super secure. This box will probably be moved on and off the shelf a lot over time, and I don’t want the bottom paper to get damaged.
Around the inside top edge I decided to use white gorilla tape. This keeps the top edge looking nice and neat and super secure. The cardboard insert that came with the box is just perfect for organizing many things.
Using the cardboard box divider insert to organize
I’m using this particular box for my thrifted pipe cleaner collection. I see pipe cleaners at thrift stores all the time and they’re usually very cheap so they tend to come home with me. They were still all in the mixed color bags that I found them in, and I love that they’re now organized by color. It makes it super easy to see what I have at a glance.
I created some labels in Canva, which I’m using on all my boxes.
Here are a few pictures so you can see the box from all sides.
This is the back.
Here you can see the side where I covered the gap.
Easy DIY Wine Cardboard Box Makeover
And here you can see the other side. Even though the wallpaper on this side doesn’t match up, you don’t really notice it until you really take a close look. But when the box is sitting on the shelf it won’t be seen anyway.
I didn’t do a top coat with the decoupage medium because I’m the only one who will be using this box. And because it’s in my craft room I’m not worried about it getting dirty. Plus the wallpaper feels like it’s probably lightly wipeable if need be. But a top coat would certainly be ok to do if you feel it’s necessary.
This was such a fun and easy makeover, and it’s a great way to use up leftover pieces of wallpaper that you don’t know what to do with.
I picked up quite a few boxes at my local liquor store and so far I’ve given six of them this same wallpaper makeover. The fun thing is that each one looks a little bit different because of the placement of the wallpaper. I’m mixing them with a totally different cardboard box makeover that I’ll be sharing soon. Once I have my craft room shelving all filled up with my pretty boxes I’ll be sharing that as well.
I hope this project has inspired you to create some pretty and practical cardboard box storage for yourself. These boxes could easily be customized to your own home decor and design style.
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,