Cardboard boxes tend to accumulate around the house, particularly after Christmas with all the presents and deliveries! While they can be recycled, recycling itself takes energy and creates greenhouse gases so it’s not always the option you should go for first. While of course it’s better to recycle than throw things into the dump, BCS suggest that you reuse cardboard boxes around your home. There are loads of fun and creative ways you can repurpose cardboard boxes into useful objects.
If you have loads of cardboard boxes around your house, don’t dismay! Get creative, reuse and upcycle them into brand new objects that are more useful that they were before. We’ve put together a small collection of ideas to inspire you.
Not the most exciting idea, but definitely useful! You can use old cardboard boxes to store all sorts of things around your house. If you have some smaller boxes, they could hold your collection of spices or help to organise your cupboard more neatly. You could use larger boxes to store your ironing pile, children’s toys or crafty things.
You could even use a cardboard box to hold all the bits of rubbish you collect ready to be recycled. That way, even your recycling bin can be recycled after it’s done being used!
If you’re using boxes to store your children’s toys, for example, you could decorate them. It’s really simple to decorate boxes and makes them much nicer to have in a room and on display. You could buy some nice wrapping paper and use that, or alternatively let your children decorate the box! They can go as crazy as they want with felt tips and stickers, making it truly personalised and cherished by them.
There are so many crafty things you can do with cardboard boxes! Why not visit Pinterest, for example, and have a browse of all the thousands of things people have done before. One of our favourite ideas is using cardboard to make coasters. You can cut out little circle disks and use them to prevent your tables getting damaged from heat or tea rings. To make them look nice, use pretty fabric and staple it into place (or use a glue gun).
You can also get crafty and create fun things for your children — and get them involved too. Cardboard boxes are the perfect material for forts and castles. Let you children’s imaginations go wild. The great thing about boxes is that they can draw on them to their heart’s content, even cutting out shapes to create castles, pirate ships or more.
If you want another idea for using cardboard boxes with your children, you could use them to make doll’s houses or homes for their toys. This is a great idea no matter how many boxes you have. If you have just one, you can create the perfect room for your child’s toy. Cut out windows and doors, fill with tiny furniture (or draw the furniture on!), and even use scraps of material to create carpets. If you have loads of boxes, you could build a whole mansion! If you’re building a whole house, we would recommend cutting off one side of the box so it’s easy to see and reach inside.
So if you have lots of cardboard boxes around your home, don’t recycle them straight away, but reuse them. Not only does it get rid of all the boxes loitering around the home, but it also saves you money on buying alternatives. When the boxes eventually get tattered or have holes in, you can recycle them, knowing you’ve used them as effectively as possible.2018-01-16