Stenciled Storage Boxes with Cutting Edge Stencils & {GIVE-AWAY}

With the babies on the way, I have to find ways to decorate in the most frugal way possible. And what could be more frugal than free?? Today, I’m sharing a tutorial for super cheap to free Stenciled Storage boxes (using a great Cutting Edge Stencil), with an awesome give-away to follow!

Supplies Needed:

  • A plain brown cardboard box- try to choose one without any writing, tape, or peeling imperfections. The better shape that it is in, the better the finished product will look!
  • A base paint color- I chose a cream color. For my size box, I used a small paint sample that I had purchased from Lowe’s a year or so ago.
  • A stencil color- I chose a light grey. 
  • A Cutting Edge stencil– I used the Hand Forged Stencil. 
  • A paint tray
  • A small roller
  • Adhesive spray 
  • Fabric for lining the box


Begin with the plain cardboard box.

Cut off all four flaps.

Use the base paint color to cover the entire outside of the box. Let dry for 24 hours.

Carefully spray the back of the Cutting Edge Stencil with the adhesive spray. Let the stencil sit for about 30 seconds, then apply the stencil to the box. I let the stencil overhang on the edges of the box for a more finished look.

Using the stencil paint color, paint the stencil. Using a light coat on the roller is best and prevents leaks underneath the plastic stencil parts. Use several light paint coats until the stencil is covered.

Continue stenciling around the box, matching the pattern as desired.

Let the box dry for 24 hours.

Use your favorite basket lining tutorial and make a liner for the box. I used the Basket Line from Make It and Love It.

I used all materials that I already had around the house to create these stenciled storage boxes at no cost! They’ll be great for storing toys or baby supplies (lots of diapers!).

Would you like to try a Cutting Edge Stencil to spruce up a frugal project of your own? If you need some inspiration, Cutting Edge stencils has an inspiration blog, and they also have great how-to videos, such as this one:

One lucky reader will get to chose a Cutting Edge Stencil with a value up to $50 (includes free shipping!) Use the below Rafflecopter form to enter!

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  1. says

    This looks so great! I am going to have to make some of these for the Legos that are taking over our house. Thanks so much for sharing I found you at the One Creative Weekend link party and I love it if you shared over at our link party. It starts on Fridays and goes through the weekend. You can find it at Hope to see you there.

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