Turning a Diaper Box into a Basket

How to turn a diaper box into a basket.
I think most moms can relate to the pain that comes with buying box after box of diapers.  Not only do you go through an insane amount of diapers each month, but after a while, you are left with piles and piles of empty boxes.

I don’t know about you, but it honestly pains me to throw away good-sized boxes.  First I used them to organize all of Judah’s clothes as he outgrew them.  Then I saved some to wrap presents during the holidays.  And then I put a couple in my car to organize Judah’s toys and overflow. But even after that, we still had more!

So in an attempt to make use out of the many boxes we’re left over with as a disposable-diapering family, I decided to repurpose them, but this time, in a pretty way that I could use for decorating purposes.

Turning a Diaper Box into a Basket

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There are many tutorials on wrapping vases, shoe boxes, or wine bottles with twine, and I’ve even done one in the past and still love it.   And I did actually entertain the idea of wrapping an entire diaper box in twine, but then I came to my senses and realized that with our schedule, I would probably have one box finished by the time Judah entered Kindergarten.  And then I had a thought: rope!

So I headed to our Home Depot and grabbed two things of rope and got to work. I used leftover fabric that I had to line the inside with hot glue.  (Disclaimer: I am no seamstress, and I WISH I had the skill and patience to have done a neat job.)

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Then I just went around each row with dotted lines of hot glue and pressed the rope down.  It took me two naps and I was done! It’s not the neatest job or prettiest, but it’s a finished job.  And these days, those are the most beautiful! (Are you on Pinterest? Be sure to pin this if you love it and follow all the Red Stick Moms pins here!)

Basket Created From Diaper Box

What are some ways you use your leftover diaper boxes?

Jenny lives with her husband, Joel, and their sons, Judah and Jonas, in Zachary, a suburb north of Baton Rouge. She works part-time as an editor and her favorite part of the week is when she gets to exchange her pencil skirt for yoga pants and pretend to be a SAHM for a few days. When she’s not toting her sons around town or saving her toddler's life one head dive off the couch at a time, she is designing invitations, stationery, and logos for local moms, brides, and professionals. Jenny’s been married since 2007, and she and Joel welcomed Judah into their lives in April 2012 and Jonas in March 2015. She loves to squeeze in as many date nights as possible and spends her free time chronicling her family’s adventures and recent designs on her personal blog, the Gilberts.


  1. i just did 2 of these for a diaper shower. They turned out great! I bought fabric (a yard is perfect) and used about 100 feet of rope. I used a woven “camo” rope. I’m going to use smaller boxes for fun storage. Thanks for the pin

    • So happy to hear!! I recently used fabric for another one and loved it just as much as the rope. Thanks for letting me know about your success with it!

  2. Hi Jenny;

    Its feb 25, 2015. Im just now seeing this on my facebook page. We get our diapers delivered & like many, we’ve had all sizes of boxes hanging around. This new idea will be gifts now (fill w/useful items for differnt occassions), thanks. to your wonderful idea! We could all use storage boxes every now & then, for anything! Thanks again & look forward to many more thoughts & ideas♡♡♡

  3. what an amazing idea! I love this! I have repinned and would love to share this post if that’s ok with you? I’m not all to crafty but I think even I could do this one!!

    • Sorry I’m so late to reply! I’ve been out on maternity leave, but I would LOVE for you to share it! Good luck with your crafting!!

  4. what a great idea! I have turned a box into a sensory box by taping it up and cutting a smallish hole in one end then deco patching the whole thing followed by deco patch varnish….it’s lasted over a year of play so far and is great for hiding toys in, a favourite game for my little one!

  5. Hi Julie! I did glue it at some parts just to make sure it would keep its shape when I put things in it, so it wouldn’t pull. Hope that helps and good luck!

    • Hi Carly! It’s certainly not a problem to utilize our posts and an image — just please be sure to credit (and link if online) Red Stick Moms Blog with whatever you are utilizing. Thank you!

      Managing Editor, RSMB


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