DIY Drawer Liner Project

DIY Drawer Liner ~

DIY Drawer Liner Project

I received a piece of furniture secondhand, that was in decent shape. I think it was originally used as a desk, but I use it as a coffee station. With a bit of TLC, and some simple DIY projects, I plan on turning it in to an art studio/station. I’m not sure if I’d like to paint the entire unit, but I would like to refresh the piece a bit.

DIY Drawer Liner Project

The drawers were a bit stained, so I wanted to line them before putting anything inside. Instead of purchasing a drawer liner, I decided to make my own.

Some ideas for what to use to line your drawers:

-wrapping paper

-old calendar pages

-drawings or paintings children have made

DIY Drawer Liner Project

The drawer ‘before’.

DIY Drawer Liner Project

I decided to bring some spring-time colors in to my home, if only in my drawers.

Materials Needed For Your Drawer Liner Project

What I used:


-acrylic paint

-large sketch paper

You can use any kind of paint you’d like—just make sure that the paper you use is thick enough to handle it.

I measured the inside of the drawers and folded/cut the large sketch paper to size.

DIY Drawer Liner Project

If your drawers get a lot of use, I would recommend using a more durable material, or laminating the painting. This can be done at most office supply shops or copy shops.

You can see that I went with a general spring theme, using blue, purple, green and yellow. The thing I like about making drawer liners like this is that I can change them out seasonally. I know it’s still technically winter, but I’m ready for spring to start, aren’t you?

DIY Drawer Liner Project

I went with a simple design for the second drawer. Which one do you like better?

About The Author

 Tazim Damji writes the home organization, travel and lifestyle blog She has a background in interior design, anthropology and art history, and currently works as a media content creator in Vancouver, Canada.

About Dawn McAlexander

Dawn is a full time travel and lifestyle blogger. Besides Cheap Is The New Classy, she also owns and writes for Eat Play Rock and State By State Travel. Her interests include traveling, home decor and DIY projects, organizing her home and enjoying a nice cup of coffee {or two}. She currently resides in North Carolina with her daughter, Amber, and her {and not so furry} friends.


  1. Great idea!! Easy and fun!

  2. Those are so pretty. What a great idea. I love the second design!

  3. I love these so creative

  4. Oh wow this is cool!! I never thought of doing my own drawer liner!

  5. I just lined my pantry yesterday. This is a great idea for the cabinet drawers in there. I love the second art design.

  6. I absolutely LOVE this. Plain old drawers are so boring. I mean I love wood, but I love the added touch it gives this desk.

    • Dawn McAlexander says:

      A little surprise inside every drawer {and it protects it from your craft supplies}! I love Tazim’s idea!


  7. What a great idea! I could see this being something little ones would get really into as well! – Katy

  8. Jenna M Wood says:

    I love this idea, how pretty, and creative!

  9. both pretty. but I like the stars and swirls print a tad more

  10. What a cute idea. I love the last one the best.

  11. So cute! i love them all but the second is my favorite!

  12. this is seriously such a cute idea!!!

  13. So pretty and such a neat and crafty idea!

  14. I would never have thought to make my own drawer liners! I love that second design, I have zero art skills though. lool

  15. What a great idea! Much more creative than just buying contact paper :P

  16. How crafty! I never think to line my drawers, but love how they look!

  17. Good idea. I looked for some shelf paper recently to line some drawers and didn’t like any of the patterns, so this way I could have some I like.

  18. Great idea! I can see my kids loving doing this with the drawers in their dresser!

  19. Neat! I have tons of odds and ends wrapping paper that would be perfect for this project.

  20. Robin Wilson says:

    What a wonderful ~ unique idea! It is obvious that you are a super crafter! I love this!

  21. chelesa sims says:

    very cute .It does make put a little something to the drawer.I like the bottom picture.

  22. Sandy Cain says:

    I never thought of designing my own drawer liners – Usually I just get pre-printed contact paper. I think I like this idea better!

  23. Very creative ideas for the drawers liners. These are things I never would have thought of using . Saves money too and let me be creative too. Thanks for the project

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