How to recycle a cardboard box

One thing I struggle with is the toys storage. I try to keep the mess under control but being honest it’s far from easy. As our baby girl will turn 8 months in a few days, we took out the baby toys again. We also have to be careful that she can’t grab the small toys of my oldest kids. So toys management is a real work around here, I’m sure most of you know what I’m talking about!

It always helps to have a few boxes on hand to quickly store the toys laying around. And nothing better that a recycling project to make some cheap, but pretty, storage boxes.  I used what I have around: a diaper box, it has nice dimensions and it’s quite sturdy. But of course, It will work with any cardboard box you have around.

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Material and tools you need to recycling your box:

  • A cardboard box
  • White paint
  • A brush
  • L shaped wood trim
  • a small piece of square section dowel
  • a piece of faux leather
  • a hand saw
  • sanding paper
  • wood glue
  • silicone glue
  • Possibly some trigger clamps

Start by painting the box with a few coat of white acrylic paint until the box design is completely covered. I didn’t paint the inside, lazy me, but it definitely looks better if you do. As you can see I painted the flaps because I wanted to fold them inside to have a nice edge on the top and also to make the box a little more sturdy!

Did you noticed the small yellow pyramids? When I received them from Hyde, I thought it was just a useless gadget…As this project involve some painting I decide to give them try! These little things make the all painting work much easier. Usually, I paint one side then I wait for the paint to dry and then I flip the box, of whatever I’m painting, and start painting an other side and so on…As I’m not the most patient person it happen quite frequently that I turn the object before all the paint is completely dry, so there is always one or two little spots which remain sticked on the newspaper…it makes a mess and you have to paint again… you know what I mean! I placed 4 pyramids under the box, painted it in one time and no newspaper sticked on the bottom 🙂 So if you like quick and easy painting work those little things can help!

Once the box is paint, glue the flaps inside the box.

To make the handle, cut a piece of square section dowel. To look nice, the lenght of the handle must be more or less half of the box width. Cut a piece of faux leather and wrap it around the wood. I used silicone glue to fix the leather on the wood.

Cut 4 pieces of the L wood trim, the lenght of the wood pieces is the same as the box high. And glue a piece of wood on each corner of the box, hold with some clamps while the glue dries. If you wonder you can find L shaped wood trim in your hardware store, likely in the “doors” or “carpentry” aisle. Also glue the handle in the center of one side.

And done! A pretty box storage at almost no cost!

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I first planed on using the box in the living room dresser, but it didn’t fit well. So I tried several places, and it turns out that it fit perfectly in the coffee table! Lucky me 😉

Can you spot all the DIY in this pic? A little help, there are 5 in addition to the box!

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Amaryllis

12 Comments

  1. Mamyca
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    Heeee bonne idée ce rangement à portée de main ! Emmy va y ajouter des dessins ? ?
    Bisous !

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    Wow! Now I can make those storage boxes I made out of baby milk cartons a lot fancier.

    • amaryllis
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      Hello Diane, What a nice blog you have…I try to find the milk carton you made, I couldn’t find them! Did you publish them on your blog? I love to see what other made! 🙂

  3. * * * / * * *

    The idea of storing stuff in a used box is great for reusing waste, but the way you have upcycled this box is truly brilliant! It absolutely fabulous! Pinning now:)

    • amaryllis
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      Thank you Michelle! Simple DIY are always the best ones 😉

  4. John Smith
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    They look great! Very nice and informative guide, Now I can make easily cardboard box for my home

  5. sai saanvi
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    I liked a lot. I also interested in making these things in free time. Thanks for your post.

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    Great use of cardboard. After recycling it definitely looks pretty and also changes the look of the place where we keep it. Thanks a lot for giving such ideas.

    • amaryllis
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      Thanks Emma!

  7. * * * / * * *

    Hola Amaryllis,
    Que caja tan elegante te ha quedado solo con ponerle las esquinas de madera :D. He de buscar esas cositas amarillas, jajaja, son lo mas. Yo también me impaciento esperando que seque la pintura, jajaja, a veces toco suavemente con el dedito para ver que la pintura ya no se pegue y bueno….puede acabar mi huella en el objeto jijiji.
    Besote!!!!

    • amaryllis
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      Hola Ayla, gracias! Yo tambien siempre toco la pintura, y igual dejo una huella, luego vuelvo a pintar para tapar la…y dura aun mas tiempo…Jajaja. Mejor hago otra cosa mientra se seca la pintura!

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