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Wine Cardboard Box Makeover with Wallpaper

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.

Easy DIY wine cardboard box makeover with wallpaper

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

thrifted floral wallpaper pieces

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.

wine cardboard box before makeover

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 wine cardboard box makeover

Supplies needed for this wine cardboard box makeover

  • wine cardboard box
  • decoupage medium
  • foam brush
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • utility knife

cutting wine cardboard box to size

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.

wine cardboard box ready for makeover

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

measuring and cutting wallpaper for cardboard box makeover

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

applying mod podge to side of cardboard box

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

applying wallpaper to side of 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.

cutting into corners of wallpaper to wrap around cardboard box

After applying the wallpaper to the sides in the same way, I cut a slit in the corners of the wallpaper.

bottom of cardboard box with wallpaper wrapped around

And folded them over the bottom using the decoupage medium to hold them in place.

top of cardboard box with wallpaper wrapped over edges and into box

I did the same for the top edges.

Finishing the side of the cardboard box

side of cardboard box needing wallpaper added

Once I had applied my two pieces of wallpaper I had a little gap on the one side.

measuring and cutting wallpaper piece for side of cardboard box

So I measured and cut a piece to basically cover that whole side, which you’ll see in one of the finished pics below.

bottom of finished wine cardboard box makeover

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.

top of finished wine cardboard box makeover

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

wine cardboard box makeover with divided section holding pipe cleaners

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.

front of wine cardboard box makeover with wallpaper

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.

back of wine cardboard box makeover with wallpaper

This is the back.

front and side of wine cardboard box makeover with cardboard insert to organize

Here you can see the side where I covered the gap.

Easy DIY Wine Cardboard Box Makeover

side and front of wine cardboard box makeover with wallpaper

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 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.

Easy DIY wine cardboard box makeover with wallpaper

Thanks so much for reading and until next time,

keep on keepin’ on!

XOX

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10 Comments

  1. Judy Inukai says:

    What a fun project and a perfect way to organize. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. I love how your box turned out. The wallpaper in beautiful. I can see why you would like it on your bedroom walls. I recovered a small box that contained 24 cans of cat food. I used three different designs of floral fabric cut into small pieces. I was going to decoupage but decided on clear tape instead. I use it to save mail and papers I might need. It looks better than clutter on my desk. Happy New Year and thanks for all the wonderful ideas you share.

    1. Thanks Olivia! Your cat food box makeover sounds lovely. Happy New Year to you. πŸ™‚

  3. This box looks really pretty and classy. I do think that the dividers might look pretty painted white..at least at the top. But that’s just me. You always seem to find really great stuff at your thrift stores!
    I always look to see what your latest project has been!😁

    1. Thanks Jessie! I’ll only see the dividers when I pull the box off the shelf so I’m ok with the plain cardboard. But you could certainly pretty up the dividers, especially if their always visible.

  4. That looks so nice, I love how it has the dividers! I’ve been thinking that I need to clean out and organize my craft room soon too πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Tania! I seem to reorganize every year at this time. The most fun thing about it is finding things I forgot I had. lol

  5. Well, years ago I had a friend who worked at the hospital, and she got hold of tons of boxes with dividers! Some big enough to hold shoes, which she did, and other smaller ones that she gave me. Thing is, I hadn’t “met” you then so I painted them! With regular indoor house paint in my colors for my craft room. I don’t have a craft room now, but when I get my apartment I will and I’ll be unpacking and sorting my craft stuff then. And if I get hold of any of those boxes, I’ll have MUCH better ideas on how to cover them, thanks to you!! Happy New Year to my go-to idea gal!!