Though technology is constantly providing us with new ways to handle things, some of these things stubbornly remain the same. For example, have a look at the cardboard. 90% of shipping all over the world still utilises cardboard packaging. What is the next thing to do once all the items have been safely removed from these cardboard boxes? Most of us break them down and toss them for recycling. If you took the time to give it a thought, possibilities of utilising these small boxes would be endless. Cardboard can be cut, wrapped, painted, configured and bent in every possible way you can imagine. These cardboards do not have to remain in your kids' playgrounds to be misused as I will show you some creative ways to utilise those cardboard boxes to make gifts and other useful items.
Cardboard boxes majorly use for children’s entertainment. If you love reading stories to your kids, such as Little Red Riding Hood, it is best to make them a story box. All you require is a show box. Cut the front section to ensure it folds out flat to create the stage, paint the edges blue to represent the sky and the base green to represent the grass. With another box, you can cut a castle and paint it pink to make it appear “all magical and lovely.” You can also cut the cardboard to construct a house inside the box. This approach will ensure kids are good at retelling stories.
Sometimes you may feel you need to send someone a thank-you card and want to make it special. Since a handwritten thank-you card will never go unappreciated, what’s better than utilising the original gift box and write on it? The best part is that you can deliver it is, no envelopes required.
You can whip up your napkin rings with a cardboard tube from a foil or a roll of plastic wrap. A ¼- of wrap from your most favourite fabric can be enough for eight rings. You can use double sided tape or fabric glue to secure the cloth on the interior of each cardboard foil. You could also come up with an original idea and cover a cardboard box with some of your embellishments. You can then line it with a plastic bag nudged with several drainage holes. You now prepared for moving a plant into its new home.
Cardboard boxes are just not meant for shipments only. You can use them to make a trio of storage totes. You can use spray adhesives and gold screw bolts to hold the fabric covers of the cardboards in place. You can tie an old belt on it to act as carrying strap.
Cat Scratching Pad
If you own a cat in your home, then you are aware what cats can do to your furniture with their clothes. It is high time to save your furniture and start impressing your favourite feline. You can achieve this through a scratching pad created from crenellated cardboard boxes. You can decide to paint to make it look attractive.
We sometimes receive deliveries of large appliances but end throwing them away as they can use up your household space. They can be substantial in entertaining your kids for hours by making them a cardboard maze. All you require is to cut 1-2 doorways and connect it to the other boxes using robust plastic clips.
You can decorate your living room by using drink coasters made out of cardboards. All you require is a good pair of scissors, cardboard and decorative duct tape.
Tags for Labelling
You might be one of those people who have too many items in the garage but keep identifying the wrong things while searching for them. You can make tags out of cardboards for labelling different bags, containers and boxes around your garage. You can also make gift card tags out of them.
Solution for weed Problems
Cardboard may be durable, but they are still compostable materials. Hence they can be used as a natural solution for weed problems in your garden. Place flat pieces in the prone areas and water them thoroughly to ensure they stay in place. Then add mulch or soil to the wet pieces of cardboard to camouflage them.
As a way of not overthinking it, you can craft your project with cardboard paint palette to make it easier. You can finish it by boring a handy thumb hole in it to keep things in balance.
As artists are aware, blank canvases are expensive. Cut your losses by using shoe box tops. Apply a coat of white and primer paint and give them the same treatment as a canvas.
Stylish Magazine Files
Sometimes it is hard to imagine where your cereal boxes end up once they are empty. If only you were aware, you could use them to make stylish magazine files by cutting them into fitting sizes and covering it with fabric.
Why don’t you take those cereal boxes, cut them into shape and paint them whatever colour you want? I am sure your friend somewhere will enjoy the suitcase styled gift bags. You can also add decorations and have guests go home with great goodie bags.
Are you aware how expensive it is always to run to the store for party décor once a birthday party, anniversaries or thanksgivings come up? Just get you empty cardboard boxes and make decors such as flower garlands before your next event. Just bend a string, glue and paint them together.
Pine Cone Bird Feeder
Use a cardboard toilet paper role as your base in making a traditional pine cone bird feeder. You are then to cover it with peanut butter and stick bird seeds on it. Slip a ribbon through it and hang it on a tree for the birds to feed on it.
Why bother purchasing an everyday picture mat from the craft store while you can customise your own with fabric? Use a notepad backing or a cereal box to make your own. Customise your size and use mod podge and adhesives to add your material. You now have the perfect frame for your photos.
Sometimes your kids may not be ready for outdoor camping. Why don’t you modify some cardboard and make a camp for your children indoors?
Are you tired of finding your cats sleeping wherever they want? You can make a cat house by just using an entirely closed cardboard box and cutting a doorway on one side. I am sure it will enjoy it.
We all have a doughtier who enjoys playing with townhouse villages for small animals made from cardboards, sharpies, paint, ribbons, clear vinyl and scraps of paper.