DIY Lidded Storage Box

These might be kinda ugly, but…. one of the most common and practical solutions for organizing and de-cluttering is using a storage box with a lid.  Store bought boxes with lids can be costly, especially when you need to buy several; so, I decided to make my own.

Although these aren’t very pretty, they are very cheap and quite easy to make.  You can leave them plain if you are just looking to get organized or decorate them.  I will continue to post ideas for decorating lidded storage boxes that can be used for gift giving, keepsake and storage.  In the meantime, here is a quick tutorial on how to make your own storage box with lid.

diy storage box with lid


Big cardboard boxes

Small cardboard boxes

Box cutter

Ruler or straight edge

Cutting mat – or spare piece of plywood as a mat

To make final cuts:   Rotary cutter with cutting blade (optional) – or use box cutter

To score folds cardboard:  Rotary cutter with scoring blade (optional) –  or a Phillips screw driver

Tape or Glue (choose one below)

Glue gun and glue sticks  (This option works best)

Clear mailing tape

Paper mailing tape

duct tape 

wide masking tape

Gather boxes large and small.  The small will remain as a box.  The larger boxes will be used for the lids.

Tip:  If you do a bunch of these at one time, then complete one step for all of your boxes before moving on to the next step.  This will save your time and effort. 

To match up a small box to a lid that will fit, lay each of your small boxes on the side of a corresponding large box to make sure you have a lid that will fit your box.  Ideally you want to have about 2 inches extra outside the small box on the lid piece.

Cut all of the excess flaps off the larger boxes, leaving just the side pieces which will become lids.


On the part that will be the bottom box, simply cut off the excess flaps.


There are several ways to make a box lid.  Here is an easy method that I have found to work quite well for small to moderate storage.

  • Lay your box down on top of one of the large box sides (the soon to be box lid)
  • Draw a line around the box bottom onto the lid.

Tip:  If you are making several boxes at once, label each box and corresponding lid either alphabetically or numerically, so that they will match up with each other later.

Measure out approximately 1-1/2” to 2” around your line, and draw a second or outside line.

Draw a line in each corner from inside line to outside line.

Cut off excess cardboard up to the outside line, with either a rotary cutter or box cutter and a ruler or straight edge.

Score the cardboard from edge to edge, just outside the inside line using a ruler and either a rotary cutter with a scoring blade or the edge of a Phillips screw driver.

Fold cardboard where your made score lines.

To attach the corners, you can use either a glue gun or your choice of tape.   For the glue gun method, fold one corner flap in apply glue with gun then fold the other flap on top.   For the tape method, fold one corner flap in, and then the other flap over and attach your tape.


Check out the following posts for some easy and useful decorating ideas for these DIY boxes:

Cardboard storage box decorating- diy chalkboard painted gift box |

DIY Chalkboard painted gift box

Grain sack striped storage box with lid


Faux leather storage box with lid

Faux tin ceiling storage box with lid

Wrapping paper keepsake box  idea

Faux wood grain storage box with lid

Napkin decoupage storage box with lid

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15 Responses to DIY Lidded Storage Box

  1. didi May 7, 2013 at 4:50 am #

    simple but useful tip. just share, I used cardboard for my shoes storage.

  2. LEAGUE lover June 25, 2015 at 11:34 am #

    What size Rotary Cutter did you use? I was going to purchase the 40mm, but I’m afraid it wont work on Cardboard. I know the rotary cutter isnt necessary for this project but It would make this and a lot of other projects a lot easier. Thx

    P.S. Thx for the helpful Guide I been Googling up a Storm on ways to make lidded carboard Storage boxes and this is by far the best one!! Defy will be painting mines after or maube chrap $ Store Contact Paper so they all match

    • Amy June 25, 2015 at 4:42 pm #

      I used the 45mm rotary cutter, but the 40mm may also work, if that’s all you can find. I have found after making quite a few, that attaching the flaps with a glue gun works best. You can also use the glue gun to glue down the flaps on the inside bottom of the box.

      So glad this is helpful and good luck with your boxes:D Amy


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