When you need an instant storage solution, what is the first thing you do? Probably head to your local department store and go straight to the section with plastic storage bins and drawers. Plastic organizing containers are cheap, rugged, versatile, and easily repurposed. They are great for bedrooms, dorm rooms, bathrooms, kitchens, garages, craft rooms, and pretty much every other area of the house.
But one thing they are not great for is beautifying your home. There is nothing attractive about a utilitarian plastic bin. In fact, a set of plastic bins or drawers can be an eyesore in the middle of an otherwise gorgeous room.
But did you know there are a lot of ways you can modify plastic bins? In fact, plastic totes are amazingly customizable. With the right materials and a DIY mindset, you can transform them so that they blend in perfectly with the décor and ambiance of your home.
This is actually a great way to decorate your house for less—all while getting more organized. Let’s check out 60 beautiful plastic bin and drawer decorating ideas which are sure to inspire you!
1. Disguise your plastic bins as a real set of drawers.
This set of plastic bin drawers with spray-painted, and the knobs were glued on. This effectively disguises them so that they look almost like a traditional set of wooden drawers. You can of course see the distinctive shape of the plastic bins, but the illusion at a glance is quite amazing.
2. Decorate your bins with washi tape.
Washi tape is truly beautiful, remarkable stuff. It comes in so many gorgeous patterns and colors, and you can use it to quickly and easily decorate so many different surfaces, including your clear plastic bins. These washi-tape decorated bins have a bright, cheerful look.
3. Use a stencil to create an elegant look.
These started out as your boring, run-of-the-mill store-bought plastic bins. It is hard to believe that now, isn’t it? The key to decorating these plastic containers and making them look fantastic was the use of an ornate stencil. This stencil made it possible to create a complex design on the tops and sides of the containers. Now they look like something fit for royalty. Check out the source link below to find out how it was done.
4. Here is how to give your set of plastic drawers a mini-facelift.
At the source link below, you can watch step-by-step as a set of ordinary plastic bins transforms into something beautiful!
5. Turn your plastic bins into adorable utensil holders for the kitchen with a free printable.
Here is one which knocks my socks off. These do not look like they started out as simple clear plastic boxes, but they did. Visit the source link and you can find out exactly how you can make your own cute rustic utensil holders out of plastic boxes—and you can download a free printable to help you out!
6. Turn an ordinary plastic bin into a cute toy box.
Take a look at this toy box! You would think that it was store-bought just as it is now, wouldn’t you? But it was once upon a time a boring plastic tub. But then clever DIYer Erika got hold of it and transformed it into something truly incredible with the help of some fabric and her creative imagination. Click on the source link for a tutorial and complete materials list.
7. Here is another way you can transform your plastic bins using fabric.
This is the same basic idea as the one above, except that a different fabric was used, and there are some handles along the side—very useful if you are going to stow the bins underneath something (such as a couch) and need to be able to easily pull them out. You can also click through to the tutorial for a different set of instructions.
8. Decorate your plastic containers using duct tape.
Here, we have the great idea of decorating your plastic bins using duct tape. This is the same idea as using the washi tape. But you end up with a different look. Washi tape tends to feature softer colors and designs, whereas duct tape tends to feature bold fluorescent hues and patterns.
9. Make use of your scrapbooking materials and other fun supplies.
The person who decorated this set of plastic bins used a combination of supplies, including mod podge, scrapbooking paper, ribbons, and buttons. This project not only looks great, but serves to remind us that there are always unique and surprising ways to repurpose supplies for a variety of crafts.
10. Inverted colors make for a beautiful redesign.
These bins were decorated using blue spray paint, with the aid of a stencil. What I like most about this design is the inverted colors. This creates a contrast which emphasizes the design in both places that it appears.
11. Express your personality with fun patterns.
The leopard pattern duct tape here is ridiculously fun! Along with black spray paint and brown fabric, it does a lot to express the personality and style of the crafter.
12. Stamp your bins with metal labels.
Here is another amazing idea. Just add metal stamps to your bins to label them, and you instantly add some style and class.
13. Personalize a plastic bin with a cute picture and a name.
Have plastic bins in a child’s room? One idea for decorating plastic tubs or bins for children is to personalize them using their favorite colors along with cute pictures (perhaps a favorite animal) and their names. If you have more than one child, this may also help kids to keep their toys in their own bins, reducing sibling squabbles and messes on the floor.
14. Here is one of the most complete, amazing plastic bin transformations you will ever see.
It is hard to believe, but the materials for this project were just wrapping paper, burlap and mod podge along with hot glue, lock nuts, and some other basic supplies. If you click on the link, you can find out exactly how you can do the same thing to turn your bins into something beautiful.
15. Sometimes a simple set of labels can really make your bins look attractive.
You do not always need something really elaborate to make your plastic bins more appealing to the eye. Sometimes something as simple as a set of matching labels with a little extra style is all you need to give your bins the flair you are looking for.
16. Use spray paint to make it look like your plastic bins are made out of metal.
This is pretty self-explanatory. At a glance, this really does look convincingly like a tub made out of galvanized metal, but in reality it is just spray painted plastic. This is one of the fastest and easiest ways to totally transform the look of plastic.
17. Use scrapbook paper to turn your boring plastic bins into bright, vibrant, beautiful storage solutions.
The cheery colors and design are what make these plastic storage containers look so incredible. Visit the blog to find out how it was done! It’s a really easy project!
18. Create a slip-cover for your plastic bin drawers.
This is a continuation of the plastic bin decorating project above. The addition of a fabric slip-cover completes the look. Visit the source link to find out how you can do this with your own set of plastic bin drawers.
19. Create a coordinated set by using the same design elements across bins.
Here we have more leopard print tape decorating a set of plastic bins. But here is what I want you to observe about this particular setup. Notice how the large brown bin with the mirror on top and the set of drawers probably were not part of the same set of bins originally—but now they are completely coordinated. The leopard print is also repeated in couple of other elements, making everything look like it was originally part of a set. Very smart!
20. Here is a set of plastic bin drawers with a vintage look.
The vintage look of these plastic bin drawers was created by using vintage-style scrapbooking paper. Another element to this decorating job that I like is the fact that the pattern is continuous between the drawers.
21. This cheery sunflower makeover is just stunning.
Look how bright and colorful this set of plastic bin drawers is. In fact, this crafter did such a spectacular job that you don’t even notice right away that this is a set of plastic bins. It looks more like a beautifully painted cabinet.
22. Go with bold contrasts for an eye-catching design.
Not a lot of crafters would have thought to combine that light baby blue color with that hard industrial gray. The two don’t see immediately like they belong together—but that surprising contrast is exactly what makes this bin makeover so appealing.
23. Tone down some obnoxiously bright bins.
There is a place for bright fluorescent colors, but they certainly do not fit in with every style of décor. The bins you see below started out as shiny bins with a bright pink-red hue. They are significantly toned down now and are all the better for it.
24. Simple, bold contrasts can totally work.
These plastic bins have been painted green, with the framework for the drawer set still in white. You really could not go with a simpler makeover idea, and yet the contrast between the white and the green is stunning.
25. Decoupage your bins using an old paper bag.
This looks like old newspaper, but it actually was a paper bag that was decorated to look like such. With decoupage, you can literally decorate anything, and that includes plastic bins. So this was a perfect project to make use of the cute paper bag!
26. Add functionality to your bins with a pegboard.
You can see that some scrapbooking paper has already transformed the appearance of these bins beautifully. But the crafter went a step further and made them more functional by incorporating a pegboard. This is a smart idea if you are low on space.
27. Here is another beautiful plastic bin makeover which uses duct tape.
The designs on the duct tape used on this set of bin drawers are stunning—and they make the plastic bins stunning too!
28. This stylish bin makeover makes great use of color and contrast.
I love how the black and white zebra stripes are monochromatic, but there are little pops of color both in the design of the paper (the little hearts) and the pink sparkly buttons which have been attached to the bins. What a cool look!
29. Decorate the framework for a set of plastic bin drawers, rather than the bins.
Here is an inversion of the usual method for decorating plastic bin drawers. Rather than decorating the bins themselves, this DIYer tackled the framework. The result looks ridiculously cool, especially if you still want to be able to see what’s inside the drawers!