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{Up-Cycled} Duck Tape Storage Boxes

We recently rearranged our office so I can  have a space for my sewing/crafting  projects. Once I got everything organized I realized that I did not have much storage for my supplies!

I certainly didn’t have the money to spend a ton on fancy storage, so I came up with something cheap and fun to store my supplies in. Plus, I saved some trash from going to the curb, so I say it’s a win/win situation for all!

May I introduce you to my cute Duck Tape Storage Boxes?

These were so fun to make, in fact, I would love to put Duck Tape on everything. The furniture, the dog, the baby…

Ok, so I kid. But it was a blast to make these storage boxes and oh so frugally cheap.

And if you know me, you know I love frugal things. Go me!

Let me show you how I made these. They were so simple, I am sure you won’t even need this tutorial to make them yourself. But being the detail-oriented and visual person I am, I had to share step-by-step how I made these, so hopefully they help you too.

So, let’s begin!

First, grab a cardboard box and cut the flaps off the top of the box. I just used a pair of scissors. Also, make sure the bottom is secured and that nothing will fall out.

Then, grab the Duck Tape of your preference and taste. I wanted to do a two-toned storage box to give it a little personality, so I picked up these two coordinating rolls in the office section at Walmart.

Make sure you have a pair of sharp scissors on hand as well.

Determine which side of the box will be considered the front and start your tape on the side of the “front” at the very bottom (If you’re not sure what I am talking about, check out where the blue tape is on the front of the boxes in the first picture of this post. That’s where you will begin and end each row).

Make sure you start your first row below the bottom of the box so you can fold the tape under. Feel free to cover the bottom if you would like, but I didn’t find it necessary.

Cover three sides of the box with the tape, smoothing as you go. There’s no need to cut the tape at the end of each side, keep the strip continuous until you finish each row. The tape will conform to each corner just fine.

When you’re ready to continue to the following rows, overlap each row just a little bit. This ensures there are no gaps and that no part of the box will show through.

When you reach your last row of tape at the top, make sure you have some tape sticking over the top of the box (This will be just like how you started the bottom row).

It’s all about the visual appeal, peeps. 🙂

Snip each “corner” of your tape with your scissors.

Then fold each piece down inside the box. Smooth out any wrinkles or air bubbles.

If you’re using a complementary tape for the front of your box like I did, I found it easiest to apply the Duck Tape from top to bottom instead of side to side. If you do it like this, make sure you leave extra tape for the top and bottom of the box.

Overlap each piece of tape on the front. I left a blue “border” on the sides of the front of my box to give it some extra pizzazz. Like it?

After I finished taping my boxes, I thought it would be cool to make labels for the front of my box, so I made labels using some of the blue tape.

Take a piece of Duck Tape and cut if off at your desired length. If you want a decorative-looking border, hold the end in your hand and snip out the design with your scissors. Or, if you have an X-acto knife, you can tape it to a cutting board and cut out a cute design that way. Don’t worry. The tape will come off the cutting board and adhere to your box if you do it this way.

I didn’t do any fancy stuff, I just did a simple snipping of the corners, taped it on on the box and labeled it with a Sharpie. Super Easy!

And you know what else I realized? You can just remove your Duck Tape label and replace it with another one if you want to swap out your supplies. Genius!

I really love how these turned out. They are simple and super, super cute. I can’t wait to use my Duck Tape for other upcoming projects.

I would love to see your Duck Tape projects. Share them in the comments below!




Hey! Meet Vanessa

A foodie, crafty, homeschooling mom of 3, who loves her Happy Planner and all things Mid Century Modern!


A foodie, crafty, homeschooling mom of 3, who loves her Happy Planner and all things Mid Century Modern!

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  1. What a great idea!!! My mom used to do this with boxes and contact paper… I like the duct tape much better! So cute!

    1. The Rookie Seamstress says:

      Thank you! It was sooo easy to do too! I never thought about the contact paper.. Interesting! I bet they didn’t have cool duct tape back then like they do now… Lol!

  2. Such an awesome idea! I need to do something like this as well, bins can be so darn expensive!

  3. Anna Marie says:

    Those turned out really, really cute, Vanessa! Way to use the ole’ bean! lol

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  5. I just love all the cool colors of duck tape out there. I just love to seeing all the creative ways to use them! 🙂

    1. The Rookie Seamstress says:

      Me too!!

  6. Love your storage boxes. I like re-using too, but I usually use wrapping paper. I can see how duct tape would be better. I didn’t know it came in colours and patterns…I thought it was all grey. Must check this out. Thanks
    God Bless
    Barb from Australia

    1. The Rookie Seamstress says:

      Wrapping paper is a great idea! Yes duct tape comes in all types of patterns and colors now. It’s pretty cool!

  7. Cute idea. I love utilizing things you have if possible. Duct tape can be so fun, I've done several things with it. Thanks for linking up to my link party. I'm going to feature this post tomorrow.

    1. The Rookie Seamstress says:

      Awesome! Thank you so so much! I’ve fallen in love with duct tape… I can’t wait to come up with something else fun!

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  11. I need to get myself some of those zebra print duct tape rolls. It looks amazing. What a great idea! I also have a linky party called “Thriving on Thursdays” here in Australia and would love it if you linked this idea up for my followers.

    Anne @ Domesblissity xx

    1. The Rookie Seamstress says:

      Thank you, I will! Thanks for the opportunity! 🙂

  12. Cee Jay says:

    Hello, and Greetings from the UK.

    A fantastic idea and I love it. However, I don’t think we have snazzy duck tape in this country. All we seem to have is grey :-(. I will now look harder for it.

    Thanks for the idea. I will bookmark this page.

    With blessings.
    Cee Jay.

    1. The Rookie Seamstress says:

      Oh man! We have a huge assortment of fun duct tape. Maybe I should send you a sampling from the US! 🙂

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