Photo Boxes into Easy DIY Medicine Storage & FREE Printables

April 19, 2013Allison Murray

 Easy DIY Medicine Storage DIY + cute FREE Printables with Dream a Little Bigger

Something came to me very, very clearly not too long ago. I was at somebody else’s house when it struck. An awful kind of ill that you don’t want to happen let alone have to discuss with your host to request the appropriate medication. So what do I do? I sit there and suffer rather than be embarrassed and feeling better.

It’s ridiculous and I know that I’m not the only one that does this. I also noticed that I, along with everyone else I know stores the household medicine in the master bathroom. So I decided to move it to the hall bath for easy and embarrassment free access by guests but I had a serious problem… a dinky medicine cabinet that barely contained Russell’s hair products let alone a whole treasure trove of wonder cures. So something else needed to happen but on the cheap.

So I purchased some shelves and brackets at Ikea that added up to like $12 and installed those. Then Michael’s was having this crazy sale on photo boxes for a $1.20 each. I snapped up a bunch of those and then saw these awesome woven baskets at Michael’s, too. I purchased one a go with a fifty percent off coupon until I had everything I needed. Cause I’m cheap like that.

 Easy DIY Medicine Storage DIY + cute FREE Printables with Dream a Little Bigger

So,yeah – there’s all of the medicine in neatly marked boxes on the shelves. Plus I have a box for my bathroom stuff, Russell has one for his and then the big baskets hold toilet paper (like 12 rolls) and a few towels and washcloths for guests to easily find.

The only problem was those nifty little pieces of paper for the boxes kept falling out. See how some of them are labeled and others are not? And when you have a migraine and you finally find your medicine after going through three other boxes, you realize that this isn’t exactly working as planned.

So, I decided to make antique sign inspired, chalkboard-esque labels to permanently affix and so far, so good. I’m even sharing the files here if you want to make your own! Now my sense of humor may not be quite the same as yours and I made them for myself and then realized that I could share them. I tried to make 5 boxes with common issues and ailments that a guest might find themselves in the grips of. The images below are web quality and aren’t going to print well, download thd PDF instead. We have:

 Easy DIY Medicine Storage DIY + cute FREE Printables with Dream a Little Bigger

 Easy DIY Medicine Storage DIY + cute FREE Printables with Dream a Little Bigger

 Easy DIY Medicine Storage DIY + cute FREE Printables with Dream a Little Bigger

 Easy DIY Medicine Storage DIY + cute FREE Printables with Dream a Little Bigger

 Easy DIY Medicine Storage DIY + cute FREE Printables with Dream a Little Bigger

 Easy DIY Medicine Storage DIY + cute FREE Printables with Dream a Little Bigger

For this project you will need:


 Easy DIY Medicine Storage DIY + cute FREE Printables with Dream a Little Bigger

Now here’s one thing that a lot of craft bloggers don’t tell you… Have these printed somewhere else. Seriously. You’re going to eat through almost an entire black cartridge just to print these guys up and that means this is one expensive project. OR you can send them to Kinko’s I can’t find the receipt but it was either $0.54 per set or $0.54 per print but either way it’s much cheaper.

Use a ruler and a utility knife or your paper cutter to cut out.

 Easy DIY Medicine Storage DIY + cute FREE Printables with Dream a Little Bigger

Use everyday glue or regular Mod Podge to attach your cut outs to the front of the box. I just left the weird holder thingie in one side and put my labels on what had been the back side. Give them 15-20 minutes to fully dry.

 Easy DIY Medicine Storage DIY + cute FREE Printables with Dream a Little Bigger

Now, when people are digging around  in these boxes it’s going to be for a reason. Which means they are going to be getting germs on your business. I get sick. A lot. So I have Lysol in the bathroom and strict rules for anyone that does anything like sneeze or have some bathroom issues to spray down everything they touch. The light switches, the toilet handle and now these boxes.

But lysol and paper don’t really go. So I went over my new label and the entire box, including lid with Mod Podge hardcoat. Now it’s not waterproof but it will be able to handle regular disinfecting and keep the boxes in good shape with regular steam from the shower.

Let them dry fully and then start stocking the insides with the good stuff.

 Easy DIY Medicine Storage DIY + cute FREE Printables with Dream a Little Bigger

And, voila! We have lots and lots of storage and plenty of room to grow. Plus guest can find towels, toilet paper, and medicine without needing to ask. Afterall, mi casa su casa… Happy Friday!

Comments (21)

  • Midsommarflicka

    April 19, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    This is a sweet idea. And I love the style of the printables!
    But I'm not sure if it's a good idea to store medicine in the bathroom, because of the humiditiy? Okay, I store mine in the kitchen, which might not be better at all… I'm not sure where you really should keep them…

    Love, Midsommarflicka

  • Allison Murray

    April 19, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Hiya, Mid. I had never heard that but I just Googled it and you are right! Because of the heat and humidity it is a bad place to store meds. I may be stocking these fellas in the linen cabinet or something. FYI they also mentioned that the kitchen was a bad idea due to the heat. Live and learn!

  • Laura

    April 19, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    I totally get stuff printed at kinkos all the time. Its often cheaper, better quality, and I can get a couple pieces of card stock rather than a whole package I will forget I have :). I love the idea of putting medicines in the bathroom guests use, I am sure to stash some feminine products in there, but never considered medicine, and your signs are hilarious!

  • Allison Murray

    April 19, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Thanks, Laura! Pro printing is how I go a lot of the time, just because I can be a perfectionist. No matter how good my home printer is, it is never that good!

  • Midsommarflicka

    April 20, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    …yeah, I thought so, that I shouldn't store my medicine in the kitchen. I will definitely think about another possible place for it! Maybe I can still use your signs for them, that would be cute :)

  • Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    April 20, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    I love the humor in these vintage-style labels! And how wonderful that your guests won't feel awkward peeking in your medicine cabinets, but they'll know just where to look if they need a pain relief! Medicine cabinets are so 1999 anyway.

  • Allison Murray

    April 20, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Ha ha! 1999 was a bad year for traditional household storage items! good to hear from you as always :)

  • Melyssa @ The Nectar Collective

    April 21, 2013 at 3:08 AM

    These are so well done and classy looking! I've never really seen you share any typography before, but unsurprisingly you are a natural at it. Is there anything you can't do?! Sharing these on Pinterest now! :)

  • Allison Murray

    April 21, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    You are too kind, Melyssa. I appreciate your sweet compliments.

  • Megan

    July 23, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    I'm wondering if these labels would look alright at a smaller size. If it doesn't turn out to fuzzy or cramped I'll give it a go.

  • Allison Murray

    July 23, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    I'm not sure, Megan – but if you find it does something weird on you, send me an email at allison (at) and I'll see about working with you to get a size that does work!

  • Jenny

    May 29, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    Any chance you would be willing to make one that says “kids stuff” , “travel items”, “feminine products” or something of that sort? I’m moving to Chicago from a small town and want to try to have my small spaces as organized as possible. I’ve been using the ones you already have made for a few months now and love them, but just HATE that I have a few other boxes that don’t have matching labels. Would truly appreciate this-as these are the perfect labels for our house!!!

    1. Allison

      May 29, 2014 at 1:45 PM

      Hey, Jenny! That’s so neat and I’m so flattered. I will be travelling the majority of June but I’ll do my best to get these to you ASAP! Very glad that they are useful to you :)

  • Sarah

    June 13, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    Genius! I was thinking about getting some plastic drawers to use in my hall closet for medecine storage, but this will be much prettier. Thanks for the idea!

  • Mike

    February 13, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    Great idea Allison! My mom I think would really dig your labels for all of her different medicines and items that she has in her bathroom medicine cabinet. She often has trouble finding what she needs right away so this would be a great way to organize everything and make it look cool at the same time. Wow, you are so creative Allison! I picked good when I decided to follow your blog! Thanks for allowing me to be a part of it!
    And by the way, I share the same “problem” as you when you mentioned about the Lysol in your bathroom. I wipe down everything with Purell or other hand sanitizers when people are sick as I don’t want to get sick!! Or I use those bathroom wipes, which are less messy and work just as good! :)

  • Tiffany

    March 1, 2015 at 12:18 AM

    These printables are awesome! Great idea.

  • sarah

    October 16, 2015 at 8:12 AM

    These are adorable, thank you for sharing! I will be doing this!

  • Whitney

    January 7, 2016 at 4:55 PM

    What size photo boxes did you use? These are awesome!

    1. Allison Murray

      January 7, 2016 at 9:42 PM

      Thanks! I actually used regular photo boxes from the craft store. Today is 1/7/16 (just for future reference) and these boxes are on sale at Michael’s 5 for $10 right now :) I just bought 15 for office-y stuff :)

  • MC

    November 2, 2016 at 8:48 PM

    These are perfect fit for the cabinets and I looove the vintage feel. TThanks so much!
    Did you happen to make additional ones for other products?

    1. Allison Murray

      November 3, 2016 at 11:43 AM

      I never did and then I lost the originals when I had a computer crash. *sigh* You’d think it would have taught me to back up but I have to admit I still don’t like I should. Glad you like the ones that were created, though!

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Previous Post Next Post