Upcycled Box Drawer Organizers

Decorated shoe boxes, cereal boxes, or even electronic boxes make perfect drawer organizers. Contact paper, scrap paper… Just take a look around you and you will see what you can reuse, repurpose, and upcycle!

I’ve mentioned in the past that I love keeping things organized and that I love boxes. When I saw this idea on The Thinking Closet where she was upcycling boxes, I got a super inspiration to upcycle a bunch of boxes that I had around the house to keep my drawers organized =D.

Learn how to Upcycle Boxes for Drawer Organizers

How to Upcycle Boxes to make Drawer Organizers

When you have a specific place for each thing or group of similar things, it is easy to keep the organization.  I love to have things handy and when I get that level of organization I usually keep it.

Today I thought I would share with you how I made these super easy and (probably) FREE drawer organizers to hold my office supplies. This table I have has great size but I still needed a way to organize all those little things that wind up all mixed up in the drawers.

I had just tossed everything and anything into those drawers, and I could never find a thing and sometimes buying things I already had but didn’t remember.

How do you organize a desk drawer?

Before even starting organizing, we need to create an efficient storage system for your desk. For this let’s break the steps so it’s easier to digest.

  • Evaluate your space, what’s your available space, what do you have, what do you really need.
  • Prioritize the top drawer. Set here only what is most important and that you use every day.
  • Create pretty organizers.
  • Smartly fill each drawer.
  • Keep things organized, if you don’t create a mess you won’t need to organize again.
  • Don’t be scared of empty spaces. Empty space is good too.
  • Find new ways to organize and stay organized.

For years I have been gathering and collecting all kind of boxes, cereal, shoes, those that come when someone gets a new phone or iPad and some of them I was already using to store things like mini markers, pen drives, paperclips.

The boxes are the perfect size for most drawers and sturdy enough to work well for organizing.

Lauren shared a great idea to keep craft drawers organized saving money, you can see her post HERE for more details. I also love how I Heart Organizing organized her drawers.

I figured I could use those boxes would look a little more fun with contact paper and some scrap of felt added to the bottom pop for color and protection.

Here I’m sharing how I made it. It didn’t turn out as I wanted since the contact paper I chose wasn’t the best. It was not sticky enough so it was hard to make it stay straight. I would give it a try again with some better contact paper.

Anyway, I liked the final result, since I got all my stuff organized and handy =D. I completely forgot to take the “before” picture but if you have an office drawer you know how it could have been LOL.

So, here it is, hope you like it.

Supplies needed for these upcycled box drawers organizers:

  • Different boxes
  • Contact paper
  • Felt
  • Hot glue gun

The first thing I did was cutting all the boxes in the same height. Once I had my desired location for each of the boxes, I used the drawer as a guide to mark the height around each edge of each box then started cutting them.

Once I had them all cut, I wrapped every box inside and outside with two different contact papers. Use your favorite patterns and mix and match.

Then I cut some felt to put in the bottom of the boxes. I glued the felt with the hot glue.

The upcycled boxed drawer organizers are ready.

Then what I had to do is just make them fit into the drawer it’s fun because you can play around with the drawer organizers like a puzzle =D.

Once I was happy with the placement,  I purged, put things back where they belonged and the rest of the items found themselves in their new upcycled box drawer organizers.

Upcycled Box Drawer Organizers Easy Way

Upcycled Box Drawer Organizers Tutorial

Oh, happy day!  No more messy drawer!

The best kind of organization is the simple one, and when it’s free, it’s even better! So start collecting all those boxes, they could be useful in so many spaces, you could use them in a children’s desk or drawers, or even in bathroom drawers, so many possibilities!

Happy organizing everyone!!!

What do you think? have you ever upcycled boxes to create drawers organizers before?

Tell me all about it in comments!

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My name is Camila Rojas but everyone call me Cami. I'm a mommy, blogger, baker, do it yourselfer, crafter and graphic designer. Owner and founder of The Crafting Nook {formerly TitiCrafty} and TCN Design Studio: web design for bloggers. Join me on my crazy adventures!

41 Comments at Upcycled Box Drawer Organizers

  1. Camila

    Congratulations! This post is going to be featured over at Diana Rambles tomorrow and has been pinned in the Featured at Diana Rambles board at Pinterest, Tweeted, and Recommended on G+. Please grab a featured button off my sidebar or via the link under the features. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea!

    1. Camila

      WOOHOOOOO How exciting Diana! Thanks so much. I’m sure stopping by later! Also thanks for visiting and leaving some love!

  2. Camila

    Hi Camila – This is a great idea! I’ve done this a little bit in the past, but have really gotten away from it – this is a great reminder to start using this strategy again. Thanks so much for sharing with the Let’s Get Real party. This is going to be my featured post at this week’s party.

    1. Camila

      Awwww that’s so sweet of you! Thanks so much for the feature and for taking the time to stop by and leave some love!!!

  3. Camila

    Great post! I know it’s an older one but I’m sharing it today on my Friday Favorites post. Thanks!

    1. Camila

      Yayyy Thanks so much for featuring my drawers LOL. Yes it’s an old one. I usually bring it out my old posts so they don’t get too dusty LOL
      Thanks again!

  4. Camila

    Great post, Cami! I love to organize ~ and recycle.
    Thank you for sharing your post this week at Brag About It Link Party on VMG206. I’m featuring you at Next Weeks Brag About It Link Party, Monday at midnight!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  5. Camila

    You mean it is actually possible to keep drawers organized?!? What a great idea, I never would have thought of it but I am totally gonna use it! Thanks for linking up to Snickerdoodle Sunday! Can’t wait to see what you have for us next week! – Kristina

    1. Camila

      LOL yeah it is. I don’t know how long it would last though LOL. In my case I made it last until I moved but you know we always move things around but it does help a lot!!!

      Thanks so much for our sweet visit!

  6. Camila

    WOW! This is BRILLIANT!!! I would have never though you could make ‘scrap boxes’ look so pretty!! If you get a chance I’d love if you could link this up on My Favorite Things: http://timeforseason.blogspot.com/2014/06/my-favorite-things-saturdays-628.html

    1. Camila

      Thanks so much Steph! Oh yes you can!!!

  7. Camila

    I LOVE this idea! I am in major organization mode in my house. Thanks :-)

    1. Camila

      I’s always good to help! I love organization as well! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  8. Camila

    This is my kind of organization! I always hold on to boxes because I know they will come in handy at some point! Contact paper is a new idea for me! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Camila

      Thanks so much Jayleen, I keep boxes too they always help a lot haha! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  9. Camila

    I’m going to need these organized boxes when the kiddos start school in August! Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing on Show-Licious!
    ~ Ashley

    1. Camila

      Thanks so much Ashley, Boxes are always a great solution for organization and it’s always good to re/up-cycle right! Thanks so much for stoping by!

  10. Camila

    I love this idea! So organized AND cute!

    1. Camila

      Thanks so much Leigh, I love it. I’m already saving some more boxes to organize some other drawers LOL. Glad you like this!

  11. Camila

    Great idea! I love recycling projects and this one is so useful! :-)

  12. Camila

    Very pretty….love the look!
    Sinea from Ducks ‘n a Row

    1. Camila

      Thanks so much Sinea, always good to have you around. Glad you like it!!!


  13. Camila

    Great way to recycle AND organize! I definitely need to work on organizing some of my drawers, thanks for the inspiration. Thanks for linking up to Sweet Tooth Tuesdays, hope to see you again this week.


    1. Camila

      Thanks so much Sarah! organization is my obssetion! LOL I can’t help myself!


  14. Camila

    Denise and I love to have a place for everything and these little boxes are perfect! Thanks for sharing the tutorial. (Sharon)

    So glad you linked up with us at the BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT Link and Hop.

    Thanks for allowing us to add a link-back to BeBetsy!

    Have a great weekend~xo
    Sharon and Denise!

    1. Camila

      Thanks so much Sharon, I’m always happy to have you here and the most thatyou like it and that it inspired you!!!


  15. Camila

    LOVE your idea! I reuse cereal boxes for so many things but hadn’t even thought of this! Its a must do!

    1. Camila

      Awesome isn’t it? It’s so good to reuse, upcycle and recycle! Thanks so much Heather!


  16. Camila

    I think this is great! You could use wrapping paper or scrapbooking paper, too, and just tape it on, I guess. I might do this in my top dresser drawer, to organize socks. Thanks for the great idea! -Dawn

    1. Camila

      Awesome ideas! yes possibilities are endless, the best part it that each one is unique! Thanks so much for stopping by Dawn!


  17. Camila

    They look great! Organization makes me so happy, lol :) I love both contact paper patterns — I’ve rarely found contact paper that cute.
    Lora @ Craftivity Designs

    1. Camila

      Thanks so much, I’m so glad you like it! I love organization too! I’m a bit obsessed LOL!!!


  18. Camila

    This is great! I love the way you used all different little boxes. So neat and organized. Beautiful. I’m following on Facebook.

    Best wishes for a great weekend. Come and link up to What to do Weekends Party, also. I’d like that. Linda


    1. Camila

      Thanks so much Linda. I’ll be there next weekend!!! have a wonderful week!!


  19. Camila

    Great idea! Saw on The Thriftiness Miss!

  20. Camila

    Hi Camila,
    Fantastic job on organizing your drawers. And it looks pretty. Thanks for sharing.
    Bye for now, Darlene


    1. Camila

      Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving some love!!!


  21. Camila

    This turned out great, Camila! I’m so glad you found inspiration from my post. In fact, I’m working on a Reader Showcase Post, and I’d love to feature this. You’ve given me some inspiration with felt in the bottom of the boxes. I might have to try that next time I make some. Well done!

    The Thinking Closet

    1. Camila

      Hey Camila! Just wanted to let you know I featured this project in my Reader Showcase post today. Thanks for being so awesome! Feel free to stop by to check it out and grab a featured button whenever life permits.

      Reader Showcase: Spring 2013

      The Thinking Closet

  22. Camila

    I did that a while ago in my junk drawer. But I didn’t measure any of the heights of the boxes and I didn’t make it pretty with contact paper. So I might have to go back and improve things.

    1. Camila

      Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such a lovely comment. Glad that some of my tips could help you a bit!!! yayy!


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