Random Uses for Cardboard Boxes

I’ve got cardboard boxes coming out of my ears.  Most of the time we throw them into the garage and save for bonfires, since we also have brush and scrap wood come out of our ears.  Let me just say, when we make a bonfire, it is a good bonfire!  The point is, though, that I’ve got cardboard boxes coming out of my ears.  Diaper boxes, Kleenex boxes, boxes from grocery shopping at Aldi.  All of the boxes that all of those groceries are packaged in!  Pizza boxes.  Boxes from Amazon shipments.  I could probably keep naming some, but I don’t want everyone to get bored.

I finally got sick of the giant pile growing in my garage, and I like to consider myself a pretty creative person, so I sat down and thought up some random ways that I could transform all of that bonfire material slash garbage pile into something useful, and also cool.

The Kleenex box towel holder has to be my favorite.  It was also the easiest to make.  Cut a diagonal line from the slit going into each corner.  Put some glue on what have now become the flaps.  Fold the flaps into the box.  Use the twine-looking rope (called “jute”) to wrap around the box, starting at the very bottom.  Line the inside with canvas fabric, making sure to fold it over the edge to make a border on the outside.  Voila!  Fold three hand towels and prop them in the box.  I keep mine on the back of the toilet for the kids to use when washing their face or for when guests come over.


I know I mentioned food packaging when I was talking about all of the cardboard boxes in my garage, but specific to the food packaging are cereal boxes.  There is a new cereal box being added to the pile just about every week.  I took two of them and used them to make magnetic paper bins that I keep on my refrigerator.  Cut the top off, angling down so that the front is lower than the back, and cover the entire thing in pretty paper.  Glue some heavy duty magnetics to all four corners on the back, but make sure they really are heavy duty.  It would defeat the purpose if the bins keep sliding off or falling down.  Now you can keep your mail, homework assignments, shopping lists, coupons, bills…off the desk but still nearby!