Building-block Storage Boxes

If your child loves building blocks, these easy-to-create storage boxes will make them happy to tidy their toys away. The eye-catching bold primary colors will add a fun focal point to their room, too.
By  Laura Pearson-Smith  

size varies


  • Paper mache boxes, 3”, three
  • Wooden letters, 17/8”: A, B, C, D, three each
  • Primary colored scrapbook paper, 12”x12”
  • Black cardstock, 8½”x11”


  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic paints: Cadmium Yellow, Kelly Green, True Blue, True Red
  • Paintbrushes
  • API’s Crafter’s Pick The Ultimate tacky glue
  • Tape runner

basic supplies

  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors

1. Paint all sides and lid of empty shoe box. Multiple coats may be needed to get an opaque finish; let paint dry between coats.

2. Take craft foam sheet in corresponding color to painted shoe box and trace around hairspray can lid to fill sheet with circle templates. Cut out 36 circles from craft foam sheet. Stack and adhere six circles together for a total of six stacks. 


3. Carefully cut around each foam circle stack for neat edges. Lay stacks out on paper towels and paint with corresponding paint color. You may need more than one coat to get an opaque finish. Let dry.

4. Apply a thin layer of adhesive across the bottom surface of each circular stack and adhere them in two rows of three onto the lid of painted shoe box as shown.