When I originally stacked the baskets they fell into each other and looked disheveled. By making basket lids out of cardboard and fabric, I created a way to stack basket on basket and still maintain order and beauty not only on my shelves, but as you can see from the photo above you can also make a unique nightstand or side table, too.
This photo is taken in my guest room. The baskets have extra towels and things my guests may need. They not only look pretty, but they are fuctional as well. The basket in the photo below I got at Ikea. Other places to find square or rectangular baskets for stacking is at Home Goods and Michaels.
To learn how to make the labels – click over to my post entitled – How To Make Wipe-Off Labels for Organizing your Stuff
How to Make a Lid For a Basket:
- A square or rectangular basket
- 1 piece of cardboard, large enough to cover the top of basket, plus 2 inches on all sides
- Decorative paper or fabric, cut to the same size as cardboard, plus 1-inch on each side
- Optional: Iron-on flexible vinyl(if you want to be able to wipe it clean)
- Glue Gun and glue stick
- Spray Adhesive
- Craft knife
2. Line up a straight edge along one basket perimeter line and with an open tip of a pair of scissors; score the line all the way to the edge of the cardboard. This will become a fold. Repeat for the other 3 drawn lines.
3. Laminating the fabric or paper is optional. Following manufacturer’s instructions, laminate fabric or paper. Lay fabric on a table right side down. Spray wrong side with adhesive. Then center top-side of cardboard onto sprayed fabric. Use your hands to carefully remove creases and air bubbles. Once fabric is adhered all around, turn excess fabric over edges onto other side of cardboard making sure it is sticks.
4. Make a cut on score lines as shown. This will create corner tabs for gluing the box together.
5. Fold box top at score lines and carefully run a thin line of hot glue along the inside corner tab and attach to adjacent side to make corners of box. When glue has cooled, place on top of basket.
Voila, you have a great stackable basket lids in your own style. For more organizing tips visit my Organizing Gallery.