How to Make Homemade Drawer Liners

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How to Make Homemade Drawer Liners
Turn recycled wrapping paper into cheerful drawer liners. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

The insides of drawers that are past looking their best can be quickly revived with a fresh new drawer liner. If your furniture is solid wood and the insides of the drawers are a little rough, lining your drawers also helps to protect delicate linens or lingerie. Drawer liners are simple to make yourself; if you choose to use recycled materials, it costs nothing to change liners often and keep your drawers fresh.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Wrapping paper or wallpaper
  • ½ tsp essential oil
  • 1 tsp water
  • Small bowl
  • Cotton ball

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  1. 1

    Measure both the width and the length of the base of the drawer you want to line.

  2. 2

    Mark the measurements on the paper, then cut the paper to size.

  3. 3

    Mix the essential oil and water in a small bowl.

  4. 4

    Lie the paper on a flat surface with the non-patterned side facing up.

  5. 5

    Dip the cotton ball into the essential oil and water mixture, then dab spots all over the back of the paper.

  6. 6

    Allow the paper to dry completely before placing into the bottom of the drawer.

Tips and warnings

  • You can use fragrance oil in place of essential oil, but the fragrance won't last as long.
  • You can make fabric drawer liners out of scraps of material left over from larger projects. Use pinking shears to cut the fabric to size to avoid frayed edges.
  • Omit the essential oils if you prefer not to have scented drawer liners.
  • Don't use essential oils if you are lining drawers with fabric. If the oil doesn't evaporate, it could stain clothing.

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