How to repurpose retail boxes for a repurposed life. Please pin or tweet to your favorite retailers. This post has been updated to reflect additional ideas so we all look to repurpose a little bit more.Happy Earth Day

I love the ease of click-and-ship purchases; the convenience, the free shipping and the no hassle returns of my favorite retailers. But, I don’t love the guilt that sneaks up on me when I toss or break down the familiar brown boxes into the recycle bin. 

If you have stopped by Everyday Edits for 1/2 a minute (some of you are here less than 15 seconds) you know I love to repurpose stuff.

Like these heavy-duty Anthropologie shopping bags.  

After I placed a recent order for hand soaps and candles imagine my excitement when this box was delivered to my front door. 

So when I ordered my quarterly Bath & Body Works foaming hand soaps and seasonal candles I was just as excited in the plaid boxes as the pumpkin spice candles.

I had to figure out a way how to repurpose these adorable blue and white buffalo check boxes. 

So for a few seasons, I hoarded Bath & Body Works boxes. I just stored them in the basement.  



For a caffeinated fueled moment, I considered framing the flat sides of the retail boxes for my office walls. But, as the caffeine wore off, I decided to start with a less ambitious project. One that only required a roll of clear packing tape.  

I folded the plaid facing sides of the Bath & Body Works boxes to the exterior side of the box and secured them with a clear, clean edge of packing tape.

That’s it! Never overthink a way how to repurpose retail boxes. 



I used these sturdy boxes when I reconfigured this closet


With a few boxes remaining (remember I saved them for several seasons) I used one side of a Bath & Body Works box and framed it. I thought it would be a cute way to coordinate the pattern in my office. 

With the same idea, I combined two panels and added this inexpensive wall art to my daughter’s room. 


I wonder how long until my family recognizes the familiar retailer’s packaging?

And, then I will wait for …

collective eye roll.

There is always an eye roll after mom repurposes an everyday object that deserves a repurposed life.  

Seriously, are these not the cutest retail boxes ever?

Are you taking note Chewy? Target? Amazon? Nordstrom? I wish Chewy would create a box with bio-degradable ink and paw prints. How cute would that be! Someone tweet this to Chewy! 



how to repurpose Bath & Body Works retail boxes

Before you go check out what I repurposed to make these placemats!

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  1. I like the idea of upcyling boxes…You’ve shared some neat ideas.. I have to admit sometimes it’s the packaging that gets me excited about purchasing something. It can be the most important part of the merchandise because it personalizes the entire package. Looking forward to the other fun things you come up with.

  2. Kathleen Charm Bracelet Diva {At Home} says:

    You are so right about cute packaging! It’s all about the marketing:) Great upcycle! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!
    xo Kathleen|Our HopefulHome

  3. Jann Olson says:

    Cute idea! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    1. Awesome! I had to update all my posts to new url so sneaking in reposts! good catch! ha laura

  4. I have been upcycling thier boxes for years! (Hoarder Lol) although, I go a step further….I completely open the box, turn it inside out and with my hot glue gun, I put it all back together INSIDE OUT! Beautiful boxes line my shelves! Great beautiful storage

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