Crafts & DIY
Creative Ways To Use Plastic Storage Bins
Plastic storage bins are far more versatile than you think. These 8 ideas are proof!
Annie Kim

Plastic bins are well known for their storage convenience and moving purposes. They can also be useful in many other areas of life. Get ready to get those creative juices flowing! There are plenty of innovative options for the transformation of the average plastic storage bin that will help you organize your life as well as save you a few bucks from buying… more (probably expensive) boxes. Here are eight DIY fun ways to reuse and redefine the purpose of your plastic storage bins!

Fancy Toy Box


Add a fancy toy box to your living room! Plastic bins may make moving easy but as decor around the house… not so much. Its plain looks and dull colors will seem out of place in a nicely decorated home. It doesn’t take much to dress up a plastic bin to match the style of your house. All that is required is your choice in burlap fabric and wrapping paper, which can be easily found at the dollar store or your local Target. Check out Creative Dominican for the step-by-step details for this toy chest upgrade.

Decorated Drawers


Snag some decorative tissue paper, napkins, glue, scissors and an hour of your time to transform your plastic bin drawers to IKEA worthy. Scope out Pinterest for design inspiration!

Top Entry Cat Litter Boxes


Top loading litter boxes cost a few pretty pennies which doesn’t seem worth it, given that your pretty penny will be dedicated to your cat’s toilet business. Plastic storage bins serve as great litter boxes for all cat lovers. Grab a box cutter, duct tape, stair-tread carpet and you’re storage bin will be ready to be “litterfied.” The full details are on The Baroness.

Jewelry Organizer and Transporter


For jewelry lovers, sellers and makers, this plastic bin transformation is for you. Necklaces and bracelets often get into a tangled mess on a day-to-day base. It’s almost impossible to untangle the cluster of chains when it comes to traveling from place to place. This jewelry transporter will help you stay organize and tangle-free. Drill a few holes on the side and insert metal pegboard hooks. Decorate your jewelry transporter on the outside using colorful duct tape, cloth or tissue paper!

Christmas Ornament Storage


This is a genius DIY creation– ornament organizer (Try saying that 10 times fast). This is an easy and incredibly wallet-friendly way to keep your ornaments from breaking, cracking and scratching. It requires a plastic storage bin with two rods drilled in longitude style. From there, you’re ready to hang your ornaments for safe keeping until next year’s holiday festivities come around. The full details are on Craptastic.

Backyard Water Fountain


Now, this is quite the plastic bin transformation– plastic bin to a fancy zen-looking water fountain. This is a perfect DIY backyard project for garden lovers everywhere. It’s affordable, aesthetically pleasing with clear instructions provided by The Garden Glove.

Yarn Box


For all the knitters, sewers and craft lovers, this ones for you. All it takes is poking a few small holes into the lid of your plastic bin and you have yourself a new yarn box, color coded and organized to any style you’d like, courtesy of Infinite DIY.

Hamster House


Your hamster can live a luxurious lifestyle in a three-story plastic storage bin building. Sounds like a dream come true for any furry gerbil. They can eat, nap, play, sleep and exercise on any floor they desire. Find the full guide to building a hamster mansion on Consumer Queen.

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