This easy DIY laundry room lint bin is wall-mounted and a cute and colorful way to add function near your washer and dryer. Learn how to make it in 30 minutes or less, plus get free printable laundry room art at the end of the post.
Every once in a while, I wish for a fairy godmother.
She’d have it much easier with me than with Cinderella, because:
- I don’t need a coach (my minivan is totally uncool but gets the job done)
- I’m already married to a handsome guy
- Glass slippers seem horribly uncomfortable
If I had a fairy godmother, she’d do the laundry.
But since laundry totally sucks and I doubt a fairy godmother will fly into my life or yours anytime soon, let’s try to make this horrible chore a bit more bearable.
When I gave our laundry closet a mini makeover for free, I made prettiness a priority. Pretty things have a magical way of making the mundane better, so I made a pretty DIY laundry room lint bin to replace the simple plastic bag on a hook that’s worked well for the past few months.
I love how it turned out! I already had the supplies, so it was a free project. Plus, it took less than 30 minutes from start to finish. Win!
DIY Laundry Room Lint Bin Supplies
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Wrapping paper is the not-so-secret ingredient needed to make a pretty lint bin. I use wrapping paper as art all the time because it’s so versatile.
Here’s everything you need to make a pretty DIY lint bin:
- Oatmeal packet box, cereal box, or another empty snack box that fits your space
- Wrapping paper (Thick, high-quality paper is best for this project. I love Paper Source wrapping paper, and used this one.)
- Double-sided tape
- Alphabet stickers (optional)
- Decorative stickers (optional)
- Command picture-hanging strips (2)
- Clothespins (2)
How to Make a Laundry Room Lint Bin
First, cut the top off your box, then wrap it like a present and secure the paper at the bottom of the box with tape. I prefer to use double-sided tape for a cleaner look. But don’t seal the wrapping paper at the open end of the box.
Instead, leave the ends long and make four cuts, one at each corner, to create flaps like in this picture:
Next, fold each flap down into the open box. Use a few pieces of double-sided tape to stick the paper flat to the inside of the box.
When you’re done with this step, your laundry room lint bin will look like this, which is so much prettier than Mr. Quaker Oats, right? 😉
Now, you could just finish your lint bin at this point, but why not make it prettier? Add a decorative label, some alphabet stickers, and 3D scrapbook embellishments to really make your laundry room lint bin lovely. I used a ruler to help line up the letter stickers.
After you decorate your lint bin, it’s time to mount it. I chose to mount our dryer lint container on the laundry room door, but you can use this same method to make a wall-mounted lint bin.
All you need are two medium-sized Command picture hanging strips and two clothespins. Stick the two strips together per the instructions on the package, then cut them down the middle to create two separate sets. They will each be perfectly sized to fit on the back of the clothespins.
Following the directions on the package, stick the clothespins to your laundry room door or wall. Then, secure your new laundry room lint bin to the clothespins.
Here’s what the DIY laundry room lint bin looks like on our laundry room door!
The pop of color is just what our laundry room needed!
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