10 clever ways to reuse cardboard boxes
Every household creates trash, whether you aren’t that preoccupied with your garbage or are trying to live a zero waste lifestyle. One thing we can all agree on is that less trash is better, for ourselves and the environment. But some trash is just hard to avoid. To put this trash to good use, I will share tips to reuse this trash in a lot of different ways in and around the house. Glass jars, plastic bottles, veggie scraps, old jeans; everything can be used again if you look at it in a different way. Today I will share 10 clever ways to reuse cardboard boxes. You don’t need to throw out the box after a purchase. Just use the box for one of these nifty and creative purposes.
#1 Sending Packages
The easiest way to reuse cardboard boxes is by using them for sending your own packages. We always keep some boxes in different sizes to send out the things we sold online. Those boxes you can get at the supermarket just aren’t that suited for these purposes and the packages that you received through delivery are easily reusable. Just remove the stickers and it’s good for another go.
Bloggers know how hard these darker days can be for making (product)photos to use in articles. For the most part of the day there just isn’t enough light to take a good picture and lamps just aren’t enough to compensate for the lack of natural light. Lightboxes are ideal for these moments, but when you buy them, they can be pretty expensive. With a s simple cardboard box and some paper you can easily make your own lightbox to make beautiful clear pictures.
#3 Cardboard sheets
If you have no use for a cardboard box or if you simply don’t have the room to store them, you can always cut up the boxes into cardboard sheets. These sheets can be used for all kinds of purposes. You can use them as dividers in binders, make a card out of them or use them to build something with the kids. The possibilities are endless and Pinterest can provide you with all the inspiration you will need.
If you like to paint, or like to craft with the kids, you could use a canvas. Unfortunately, those are pretty expensive when you buy them in the store. Luckily, you can turn the lids of cardboard boxes into a canvas in no time. Just paint it in any neutral color and it is good to go.
Who didn’t make a diorama from an old shoebox in school? Those shoeboxes sure come in handy for all kinds of crafts, but making a diorama is without doubt my absolute favorite. You can give it any theme you want and it is great fun for a rainy afternoon with both little kids and bigger ones.
All those empty boxes make for great storage. You don’t need to buy fancy plastic storage boxes or moving boxes when you have a whole collection of cardboard boxes saved up. Ideal for storing those items you hardly use or for packing stuff when moving. And if you have some shoeboxes you can even give them a nice color and some decoration and it will fit right into your decor. Again: Pinterest is full of inspirational DIY’s.
Old crafts are back in style. People are learning how to knit, crochet, embroid and weave again. To practice weaving without spending a lot of money, you can easily use a cardboard box for making a weaving loom. You can find a simple DIY on YouTube.
Every child should have their own dollhouse to play with. I sure loved the dollhouses I played with as a kid. Unfortunately, they can get really expensive and they are hard to come by second hand. If you have some cardboard boxes in stock, you can easily make your own dollhouse. Just stack the boxes as you please, cut in some doors and windows and decorate it together with the kids. It will be great fun!
#9 Washi Tape Dispenser
Many crafters will know how a simple hobby can get out of hand. Before you know it, you have a drawer full of washi tape rolls and no system to store them. You never know which colors and motives you already have and you tend to simply forget about them. Luckily, you can make a great washi tape dispenser from a cardboard box. You can find a tutorial on Craft Your Happiness.
#10 Get creative and build
Cardboard boxes can become pretty much anything with just a little bit of imagination. Kids can turn a simple box into an airplane, car, house or boat in a blink of an eye. If you just use a bit of imagination yourself, you can turn that simple box into something cool for the kids to play with. Build a hut, boat, tower or a whole city with a few boxes and some paint and tape! (It works great with cats too, by the way).
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