How to Repurpose Cardboard Boxes After a Move

Whether you just started the moving process or just unpacked your belongings in your new home, you might feel as if you have millions (more like hundreds) of boxes lying around your new space. When that’s the case, the first thing on your mind might be to find a way to dispose of them once they’re empty.

However, if you’re looking to give your cardboard boxes a second chance, here are some fantastic DIY tips to consider!

Ways to Repurpose Cardboard Boxes

Make a Chalkboard

Are you looking to create a space in your home where you can leave memos or inspirational quotes? If so, why not make a custom chalkboard with a cardboard box! To start, you’ll want to carefully cut one flat square (or pane) from the side of the box. Next, with some inexpensive chalkboard paint and a brush, entirely paint one side of the cutout cardboard and let it dry overnight.

Once dried, you can either add a decorative rope at the top of the custom chalkboard to hang it or even put the cardboard in an old frame (without the glass, of course). Then, once it is secured to the wall, you can begin to write your memos on this cool, custom piece in your home!

Create Custom Storage

In need of some new storage pieces around your home? With the help of some cardboard boxes, hot glue, and creativity, you can create custom pieces to store your belongings in! To start, take a few cardboard boxes (it doesn’t matter what size, you choose!) and cut the flaps off the top or fold them inward on one side.

Next, measure the box and purchase a few yards of fabric. Once acquired, with a hot glue gun, apply the material to each side of the box, section-by-section; this will make for a smooth application. After that has been completed, you’ll have a new, decorative, functional piece!

Give Plants a New Home

You can even repurpose cardboard boxes as planters. Just line the box with a plastic bag (poke a few holes in it for water drainage), decorate the box with colored paper, paint, or stickers, and add potting soil and the plant of your choice. It’s a cute and easy way to give a plant a home in your new home.

Make a Game of It

Cardboard boxes, particularly large ones, are great for creating games and pretend play with kids. Big boxes can be made to look like drive-thru windows, letting you set up your own fast-food restaurant in your living room. Smaller boxes can be fashioned into helmets and armor for your brave little warriors! You can even use big boxes to make a maze or a make-believe go-kart. The options are limitless!

Have a Cat (or Cats)? Make a Scratching Pad!

If you have a cat, you can make them a cardboard scratching pad that’s sure to be a big hit. Just cut long strips of cardboard and curl them up into a circle, using glue to stick them together. You can even add some sprinkles of catnip as you roll to entice your kitty to play. Eventually, you’ll have a big roll of cardboard. You can paint the outer circle or leave it blank. Your cat will be in scratching heaven for hours.

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