I need a directional sign to redirect deliveries to the side of the house. With my husband working from home, he sees the purchases from the easy button called Amazon and other favorite retailers. I am an open book with purchases, but even I noticed that Amazon is my shopping assistant for those must-have items like a 10-pound bag of baking soda. This may be one of my favorite repurpose projects. Wait until you see how to repurpose packing material inside all of those shipping boxes.
You know the packing the material that is tucked between items? You know the brown paper that my husband instinctively throws into the kitchen trash can (and not the recycle in the garage). When I see brown paper and cardboard packing material all I see are future blogs posts.
Like this one.
Or this paper bag idea.
I love this simple repurpose idea and the story behind how it happened.
The first time my kids saw me tear the book jacket off of a book they thought one of their siblings was in big trouble. #wink
Now they just say, ” Working on a blog project, mom?” #smartkids
When I hauled out my pumpkins this season I was in a mood.
I did not want to order and wait for the convenient adhesive-backed brown paper. But I wanted something a little different.
I wanted the stacked book look without any additional expense.
While breaking down a few delivery boxes to re-cycyle I pulled out the familiar brown packing material. Except this packing material was different.
It had ridges and texture. I was so close to tossing it into our recycle bin but for some reason I saved it.
Not to sound like I took a turn to crazy town, but I think the textured packing paper just said, “Save me.”
So I did.
Yes my thoughts talk to me. Don’t yours?
Steps to Repurpose Packing Material
- Supplies: glue or adhesive spray, books (I used a hardback book) & scissors. I love this adhesive spray.
I used a hardback book and chose a dictionary because I love words and we don’t allow i-phones during a family game of Scrabble.
2. Cut packing material to size, spray book’s cover with adhesive or glue. Adjust quickly as the adhesive spray dries quickly.
Tip: If you have packing paper that is too short to cover the entire book cover the top and spine of the book.
No one will know if the bottom of the book is exposed.
You guys I love it. The ridged packing material adds a little texture and durability compared to a roll of brown wrapping paper.
Now if only there was a way to eliminate the bubble wrap in all of those shipping boxes.
What do you think? What is the craziest thing you have repurposed?