Jute Wrapped Toy Bin

Is it me or does everything seem to look better wrapped in jute?
Maybe I’m just obsessed with jute!

So even though Connor has a playroom, toys always seem to end up in our bedroom.  After months of taking them back downstairs, I decided that we needed something in our bedroom that Connor could just throw the toys in when he wasn’t playing with them.  Ok, let me rephrase that – I needed something that I could just throw the toys in when he wasn’t playing with them.

Since I’m obsessed with jute and seem to hoard it in my craft closet, I decided to take an old plastic storage container and wrap it in jute.

Jute Wrapped Toy Bin from Old Tote
Check out our new toy bin!  I’m so in love with the way it turned out!!

This is all you need:

Jute Wrapped Toy Bin - Supplies Needed
Pictures courtesy of Home DepotHobby Lobby and Fabric Depot
  • Plastic storage tote
  • Jute
  • four wheels
  • 16 bolts with nuts
  • fabric – I actually used an old sheet
  • glue gun and lots of glue sticks
  • Pieces of wood cut to the length of the tote
  • Drill

It’s actually quite simple!

Start by wrapping the entire bin in jute using the glue gun.  I started underneath since I new the wheels would keep the jute from rubbing the ground.  And since you are wrapping the rim of the tote with the fabric, you don’t even have to go all the way to the top.

Just keep wrapping!  This is the perfect project to work on when you need to catch up on your favorite recorded shows.  I was able to catch up on Glee and Army Wives:)

Turn the tote over and glue the wood pieces in place.

Use a marker to mark the holes on the wood.

Jute Wrapped Toy Bin Steps to Add Wheels

Drill your holes through the wood and tote.

Attach wheels using bolts and nuts.

Cut fabric and sew a seam along both edges.  Wrap fabric around the edge of the tote and overlap.  Attach with your glue gun.  Glue edges of the fabric to the inside of the tote along the bottom.

Then, fill with toys and admire your clean floors.  Woohoo!  No more stepping on toys!!

Jute Wrapped Toy Bin - Before & After

I had most of the supplies needed to turn this tote into our new toy bin but if you needed to buy everything, you could definitely do it for around $20.

So what do you think?  Have you made anything with jute recently?  How do you store your children’s toys?

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  1. It looks awesome! Something they would sell in a store! I tried a jute wrapping project for the first time this weekend. I posted a pic of this letter on my facebook. Wow! It took me almost 2 hours! LOL


  2. I LOVE this! May have to make one of my own! The great thing about jute is it goes with everything! Thanks for sharing!

  3. So cute! I can’t wait to try it. Newest follower! Would love a follow back at http://sassyshopperreviews.blogspot.com/ Have a great week!

  4. This is fabulous! so great!!

    Have a great week ahead! Stop by nichollvincent.blogspot.com and say hello!

  5. amazing! you’d never know it was a plastic bin!!!

  6. Looks great! I would never guessed it’s a DIY project!

  7. Looks GREAT!!! So much better than a plastic tub…

  8. Wow, that is one chic looking toy bin! Seems like something you’d see selling for $75 at Land of Nod or some such. Thanks so much for this great idea! Pinning it for sure.

  9. could you explain the fabric part more? I’m not a sewer so this part confused me.
    I have the tote and as soon as I find my jute the kids “helped me organize” I am all over this project!

    LOVE IT!

  10. Oh my! That is one of the most genius things I have seen! It looks awesome!!! Thanks so much for coming out to the party at Clean and Scentsible. I’ll be including it with my features on Sunday. Enjoy your week!
    Jenn :)

  11. So great! Isn’t it crazy how toys just end up everywhere? Thank you for sharing. Visiting from 20 Below. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/08/make-it-pretty-monday-week-10.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  12. This is fabulous! So much better than what it was previously! Great job!
    Thanks for linking up to this week’s Catch a Glimpse Party. I will be featuring this tomorrow! :)

  13. This looks fantastic! Love it!

    Visiting from TT&J

  14. What a great idea. The wheels are turning in my head !!

  15. beautiful! yes, please explain the fabric tutorial again… i think the fabric does not completely cover the interior of the bin, right?? please show pictures if you can. thank you!

  16. WOW! What a great idea! New GFC follower via your feature from Clean & Scentsible.

    Check out my little blog and follow back if you like. Thanks!

    Have a great week!! :)

  17. I have never had very good luck getting hot glue to adhere to plastic. It always seems to just pop off the plastic with use. Did you sand the tub at all? Has it held up under use?

  18. what a fantastic idea! I love that you made the tutorial look so simple. Totally pinning! While I don’t have little people anymore, my big kids are still little piggies!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

    Have a happy week

  19. What a fabulous idea! I can see so much more other uses besides toys for it also!!! Thanks for sharing. You have some great ideas. I’m your newest follower and I can’t wait to see what all you have going on!!!

    Found you through the Sunday Spark!

  20. So freakin’ awesome! Pinning and featuring tonight! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout! I really appreciate you linking up to the party each week and look forward to your posts :) -Trish

  21. This is so awesome! It looks like you spent some serious money, but you still have the durability of the plastic tote… I don’t have toys to store (well, I guess I do have puppy toys), but I feel like I need to find a way to make this useful so I can make one! : )

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

  22. plain blue tub or jute wrapped, defintely go with the jute…:D

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  24. Just wanted to let you know I featured you in my roundup of jute craft projects here. Feel free to check it out if you want and hope you like it! : )

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

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  27. This is super creative I don’t have any kids but I’m going to use it to hide my cats litter box without the wheels and keeping the top. I never used jute before but I like the look thanks for the idea!!


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