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