Do you end up with a lot of cardboard boxes? Between the shipping, snack boxes, cereal boxes, and more it was time for another challenge. Things to do with cardboard boxes…
An Address Sign
Cut out the size cardboard you like, add some contact paper, add your address numbers and feel free to fancy it up a bit.
For mine I added wood contact paper, added a “Welcome” sticker, and lastly I glued on the the numbers. I hot glued twine on to hang it with, and my door is metal so I could have opted to use magnets on the back instead. I have a storm door but if you don’t You might want to add clear contact paper over the top or coat it with a clear coat to protect it from the elements.
A Trash Can
This is a box from Goldfish Cracker snack bags. I wrapped it in a fake foil back splash I got from Dollar Tree. Add a trash bag and your’re ready to go. *A little tip – these make great trashcans for the car. You can add sticky back Velcro to hold it in place if you like.
A Faux Wooden Crate
I took one of those cardboard boxes with the handles in it and wrapped it in wood contact paper.
Now I can use it in the back of my car to keep the groceries from flying around, carry snacks to my son’s baseball games, costumes to our performances, etc.
This is my son’s drawer before and after. I used box pieces to divide his large drawers into sections for his different sports clothes. You could use this same concept in any drawer including bathroom and kitchens.
Make A Mat For Your Frame
For this I used a cereal box. Cut your cardboard to fit inside your frame. I glued on some wrapping paper on top, cut out my center hold and inserted it into my frame.
Make Wall Art
Start by cutting your cardboard into strips, then draw on your curved end.
Cut out the curved shapes. I needed 8 for my project.
Paint your shapes, I used Dixie Belle Daisy Paint.
Start hot gluing your shapes onto your mirror (or use a glue of your choice). I found this mirror at Dollar Tree.
Hang up your wall art. This one was inspired by sunflowers.
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Wow, so many ideas! Who knew so much could be done with a box. My mind is whirling with the possibilities. 🙂
Thank you Linda 🙂 It’s nice to be able to re-use something rather than always throwing it away.
Very fun and ever-so-clever, my friend! I just love your creative ideas.
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Thank you Stephanie, I truly loved your blog post yesterday, very inspiring and honest. Hugs to you too!
Natalie A says
You are super creative! I would have never thought of these creative ideas with boxes. I see my nieces, nephews, and cats play in boxes & create things out of the boxes! That’s as far as my creativity has gone. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us!
Thank you Natalie 🙂 My kids love them too. When they were younger we used to make box cars out of them and then they’d watch the movie Cars in them. So much fun.
Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle says
Wonderful cardboard boxes, your ideas are great. I use one to keep my craft bits and pieces in, I made shelves in it. It was a strong box that came with an office chair. When my grandchildren where young they could play with a cardboard box all day long. Mainly it was a boat but it could be anything.
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Thank you Kathleen, I remember playing in boxes myself and with my kids. Kept me busy for hours.
Wow, I like them all. I normally keep my cardboard boxes for packing but I quite like the address sign and the faux wooden crate so I might give them a try :).
Thank you Teodora, we save a few for packing, and usually recycle many. This was a fun challenge and I’m so glad there are a couple that interest you.
I wasn’t expecting these awesome ideas! A nice twist on the basic. I’m always feeling guilty when I recycle the great boxes (amazon has the best!). I can never think of something to use them for so they get thrown in with the rest of the paper. I’ll have to remember some of these.
Thank you Katelynn and I think as long as they are recycled – you’re doing well 🙂
These are great! I love the Welcome sign and have never seen such realistic looking contact paper. Where did you get it?
Thank you Mari and I got that contact paper from Dollar Tree 🙂
Sandra L Garth says
I have lots of boxes and you have lots of ideas how to use them. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story and we hope you will join us again next week.
Thank you Sandra
Great ideas. I have tons of boxes from my on-line excursions. Thanks for sharing on Sunday’s Best.
Thank you Rhonda
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We enjoy making things out of any type of cards or magazines. Everyone continues to make their little collages of their favorite items!
Thank you for sharing.
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Great! You are very creative. I really appreciate your work. And your blog helps me to make some different and attractive items from cardboard boxes.
Thank you for your kind words, and I’m glad you like these projects.
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Thanks for the ideas! we make custom cardboard boxes and thus we care about the disposal of them as well!
Thank you so much.
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Barbara at Mantel and Table says
Oh my gosh Chas – your creativity always amazes me! I’ll never look at a cardboard box the same way again! Thanks for all the wonderful ideas!
You are so sweet Barbara, thank you so much!
I love the contact paper idea. I thought it WAS wood. Goodness knows we all have enough of these hanging around. Thanks for the fun ideas
Thank you so much Andrea, and I love that you thought it was a real wood box 🙂