DIY Storage Box Using Denim (Ikea Pingla Hack)

Denim DIY Storage Box an Ikea Pingla Hack

Every day I pick up “bits and bobs” around the house and I am never sure where to put them. Therefore I decided to make a fun DIY storage box for this random stuff with no home, using old jeans and a cardboard box.

I actually covered two boxes in denim. I named one DIY storage box “BITS” and the other “BOBS”. This was an Ikea hack, as I used two Ikea Pingla boxes for this project.

I could’ve used any old cardboard box but the Ikea ones were the exact size I wanted (not too deep). Also, they come in a pack of two which was perfect, as it ensured I had two matching storage boxes.

I got the idea from some fabric wrapped storage boxes I’d seen on Pinterest. However, I wanted to add more to my DIY storage box by lining it (like with my vintage map suitcase) and adding a fun stencil.

This is such a cheap and easy way to get some fun, handy stylish storage for your “Bits and Bobs”. It was actually featured as one of the top 100 Easy DIY Projects of 2018 on DIYIdeacenter.

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Fun Denim DIY Storage Box for your "Bits and Bob". Ikea Pingla hack with stenciling. Very easy to make fabric attached with spray adhesive.

What you need to make a Denim DIY storage box

What you need to make DIY storage box in denim

How to Make A Denim DIY Storage Box

1. Firstly if using an Ikea Pingla box, then make it according to the instructions on the base. (Don’t bother making the lid you will need this later)

Ikea pingla box

2. Measure the circumference of the box and the height. Then cut the legs of your jeans to fit. I cut along the seam line of the jeans. This will give you a nice edge on the base of the DIY storage box.You want the width of your jeans to be at least an inch more than the height of the box. One jeans leg will not be long enough to wrap round the box so you will have to sew two together.

Jeans legs cut
3. To make two denim handles for your DIY storage box, cut the waistband off the jeans and cut 2 pieces about 15cm (6 inches) in length. Wrap the jeans leg round the box (don’t glue at this stage but use clips to hold in place) and mark where the handles will go.Fix the waistband handles to the leg either by using a grommet tool like a Crop-A-Dile, or stitch them on.

4. Now you can fix the denim to the cardboard box. Spray the cardboard box with the adhesive, and wrap the jeans around the box as you go. Makes sure that the seam of the leg is flush with the bottom. Use bulldog clips or clothes pegs to hold it in place as the glue dries. Trim the overlap inside.

Denim covered box clipped

How to line your DIY storage box

As my storage box was designed to be on show, I decided to line it with a pretty fabric. The method I used to line it was the same as the one I used for my No Sew Denim Suitcase upcycle. If you want a more rustic look you could use burlap (hessian) to line your box.

1. First, I cut my lining fabric to the circumference and height of my box. Allowing for a seam allowance and some overlap. You may need to sew two pieces of fabric together to get one long enough.

2. Fold over the top edge of the fabric to make a small hem, and iron it flat. Attach the fabric to the inside of the box using the spray adhesive

DIY denim storage box lined

3. Cut the cardboard meant for the lid so that it fits just inside the base of the box. Again using the spray adhesive cover one side of the cardboard with your lining fabric and place it inside the box.

Denim DIY storage box lining
DIY denim storage box lined

Stenciling the denim DIY storage boxes

I love to add personality to my crafts and upcycles and one of the ways I do this is by stenciling words onto them. Like I did with my denim DIY draught excluders.

As these boxes were for my “Bits and Bobs”, I stenciled BITS on one side and BOBs on the other. You can, of course, stencil what you like you may want to put “STUFF” or “THINGS” on the side of the box.

I just used individual letter stencils and white acrylic paint to stencil my words onto the box. I used a small brush with a dabbing motion.

Stenciling DIY denim storage boxes
Stenciling denim storage boxes.
Unique and fun Denim DIY Storage Box for your "Bits and Bob". Ikea Pingla hack with stenciling. Very easy to make fabric attached with spray adhesive.
Unique Denim DIY Storage Box for your "Bits and Bob". Ikea Pingla hack with stenciling. Very easy to make fabric attached with spray adhesive.

If you are wondering what to do with the leftover pockets of jeans you could save them and make my very popular Denim Pocket Organizer, or my iPhone Denim Pocket Pillow.

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  3. I so love up cycling denim and these storage bins are great. I’m thinking of doing these and add a jean pocket outside or maybe inside for storage of little items as well as extra interest. What do you think?

    • I think that sounds like an awesome idea. I would have the pocket on the outside.

  4. These are so cute I love the denim and the “bits and bobs”. How clever!
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  7. Such a clever idea!! I love how these turned out! Love how you stencilled onto the front of them too! Brilliant!!!

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  13. These are so cool Claire. It’s amazing how some fabric and a creative mind like yours can transform a boring cardboard box into something so functional and pretty. Beautifully done!!

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  15. Kim

    These boxes are so cute! I love the bits and bobs, and I should totally make these because I have a TON of bits and bob laying around with no home!

    • Thank you Kim ! Yeah never any shortage of BITS and BOBS in my house.

  16. Great boxes! Thanks for linking up at #SustainableSundays!

    • Thank you !

    • I love how meticulous you are about the details— it really shows on all your finished products!
      I have a piles of saved denim and piles of “bits and bobs” (never heard that saying before, but I like it). So this project is perfect for me with one change…labeling mine “doo” & “dads”.

      • Thank you, Debbie. I’m English so it’s a very English expression “bits & bobs”.

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  18. Awesome boxes, Claire! No one would know how they began. Featured in a roundup of denim projects…

  19. These turned out just darling! Our To grandma’s house we go link party starts over at our place tomorrow morning, would love to see you there!

  20. Such an easy to follow tutorial, Claire!

    • Thanks Wendy that’s good to know, I try to make them simple to follow.

  21. What a fun idea! Thanks for sharing on Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

  22. Love these Claire! Thank you for sharing @Vintage Charm–pinned!

  23. love it claire, fabulous! thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

  24. Love the expression “Bits and Bobs”! I may start saying that here and totally confuse my kids. Great ideas to have a central collection box for all the random items that somehow travel from their original location to, in my case, the kitchen. I’m constantly making a pile of Legos, books, clothing to carry back to the other side of the house! Visiting from BOB Tribe.

    • Thank you VIctoria, “bits and bobs” is a British expression, you can always just stencil “stuff” or “random stuff” on them.

  25. Hi Claire they look so stylish and very useful. Would love to spend a couple of hours making some with a few peeps if you have time xx

  26. Claire! This is amazing! I love how you made these and how the seams line up at the bottom… totally genius!

    • Thank you very much Anika, I love to get the seam of jeans into my upcycles whenever I can.

  27. Beautiful ideal. I love everything you did here. Not only are they beautiful, but very nice and so much needed deep storage. Thanks for sharing.

  28. Those boxes turned out great, I love how you got the natural seams in the pants to line up at the bottom of the boxes. Really cute!

    • Thanks Toni, I like to use the seams and waistbands of jeans in my denim projects because I think they add more interest.

  29. Claire I love the denim look and you certainly have given a new and cool life to those old storage boxes. The yellow inside is a fun touch.

    • Thank you Mary, I almost went with burlap inside but then decided to go with a pop of colour.

  30. Well, this project is adorable to the moon and back. LOVE!!! You are quite the genius. Stumbling…. XOXO Susie from Chelsea Project

    • Thank you very much Susie. I think genius is stretching it a bit but love the complement.

  31. Claire,
    Such a great project! I love how it turned out!

  32. These are wonderful! I’ve featured your tutorial on Craft Gossip here: –Anne

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  34. Oh my goodness!!!! I am in love with these boxes!! What a budget friendly way to make cute storage!! Pinning and sharing 🙂

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