Upcycled Denim Storage Boxes (IKEA Pingla Hack)

Try out this IKEA hack for a fabulous DIY storage idea!

Upcycled Denim Storage Boxes IKEA Pingla Hack
Upcycled Denim Storage Boxes IKEA Pingla Hack
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Looking for a fun way to organize your clutter? Try these Upcycled Denim Storage Boxes (IKEA Pingla Hack) for an IKEA hack that will make you smile. These DIY storage boxes are a cute and easy way to put away random things around the house. Since the main material for this upcycled craft is from an old pair of jeans, this project is super affordable. Now you don’t have to throw away neglected jeans! You may become more motivated to start cleaning up your bits and bobs around the house thanks to these homemade storage boxes.    

From the blogger: "I was fed up of picking up "Bits & Bobs" round the house and never having anywhere to put them. Therefore I decided to make some fun upcycled denim storage boxes. These denim covered boxes are actually an Ikea hack as I used IKEA pingla cardboard boxes. You can use any cardboard box you want. I choose the Ikea boxes as these where the right size and I wanted 2 identical boxes. One for my "BITS" and the other for my "BOBS". You can always stencil other words on your boxes such as STUFF or THINGS."

Estimated Cost$11-$20

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Primary TechniqueRepurposing



Materials List

  • Cardboard boxes (I used IKea Pingla ones)
  • A pair of adult jeans
  • Fabric for lining
  • Spray adhesive
  • Letter stencils, and white acrylic paint

DIY Project Instructions

  1. Cut the leg of your jeans to fit round the edge of your cardboard box. Use the seam as the bottom edge.

  2. Make two handles from the waistband and sew or attach them with eyelets to the leg of your jean.

  3. Spray adhesive glue on the outside of the box and attach the jeans leg. You can hold in place with pegs until the glue dries.

  4. Line your with fabric or paper of your choice using the same method.

  5. Now comes the fun part. Using letter stencils, paint the words BITS on one side and BOBS on the other side.

NotesYou can always stencil other words on your boxes such as STUFF or THINGS. There are more detailed instructions on my blog.

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Clever and so simple and quick to do. Love the use of old denim jeans although I intend to use different fabric because the denim in not going to complement our existing decor. Ours will be a bit shallower so that they fit into our shelving unit but I know that are going to look really good.

Such a cute idea for things like yarn and crafting supplies. I would love to have these in my bedroom near the bed to hold my favorite books, eyeglasses, and a few snack or a comfy blanket. It would help me create my own little reading nook where I can relax and unwind before bed.

This is such a fun idea! I'm always desperate for places to put the detritus and crafting odds and ends, so making some of these will be perfect. Old boxes, old jeans, and even fabric scraps and stencils? I got all that, and it's such an awesome thing when the only thing between you and a super easy to make storage box is some time, and maybe a trip to the store for more fun fabric prints because my excuse is, the five yards I always have on hand is not the right print!

Denim fabric is so durable and practical for this project! I could see using the old pockets for extra storage on the sides or even just using more fabric to create larger side pouches for magazines or craft materials, remotes for games, etc. For a kid's room you could even add some colorful trim, or even loose cording with clothes pins to add memos! Neat idea!

I just can't bear to throw away a pair of jeans that are no longer of service to my kids but my sewing machine won't tackle denim! This is a good idea to still make use of them. I love your idea about the old pockets on the sides or decorating them clothes pins for old pics to have them in the living room and add to the decor. These detailed instructions should steer me on the right track!

Cool idea for using the jean pockets to add storage pockets, so awesome! I think my next project will have to be covering a sturdy table with some jeans material and fabric, and adding in pockets, to make myself a handmade little work table I can add pockets to and store stuff in the sides! I've got awesome ideas now, thanks so much!

These are so cute and easy and practical. I can think of many ways I could use the organizers, like corralling my yarn stash. I know the exact pair of jeans I can use. This is a great idea!

Boxes like these are very useful for sorting out my kids stuff. I have some of these at home, but always need more! So glad I found this tutorial. These denim boxes look so cool. I think I still have a pair of old jeans to create denim boxes just like these. Thanks for sharing!


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