Recycling boxes

The amount of waste we ‘produce’ day in and day out is piling up on the surface of the earth. If only we could reuse articles it would take off a great load. However, reusing stuff is often taken up as boring and ugly which is one reason why many things land up in the trash bin.

How about making ‘reuse’ a little exciting and more fun. This following bit of activity is a short and sweet one and in no time you can have two boring looking boxes transformed in to cute storage boxes. Can you guess what these two boxes originally contained?

A little bit of alteration, couple of articles and a torch and cookie box take up a completely different look. This is what you need – fabric, fabric glue (I did not have this then and hence used the normal PVA glue), scissors and a measuring tape.

  • Cut off one side of the box to give you a long boat type container.
  • Measure the box and accordingly cut the desired fabric – one for the interior and one for the exterior. It is just like covering it with paper. A little bit of variation in measurement is allowed as you will be pasting it and not stitching.
  • Apply glue on the exterior and stick the appropriate fabric.
  • Next, apply glue on the interior and paste the other fabric.
  • There, your boxes are ready.

Store whatever you wish to now:

Re-purposed Boxes

Creating things time and again always gives a satisfactory feeling and when it involves making use of waste material the joy is greater. Same happens with this piece of craft – if I may call it so.

Milk cartons are a regular and till now I had been throwing them away. One of those bright days when ideas dawn upon me I saw a good storage space option in these boxes. Fabric was available at hand and in no time waste was transformed to a dainty storage box.

Since there is no stitching involved this project hardly takes time to complete. The only time taking part is the measurement and cutting of the fabric. Once you have your fabric pieces in place then it is a joy-ride.


Store whatever you feel like. They hardly cost anything. In fact, the fabric used here are the ones I obtained at discounted rates. The vendor was left with the last one or two meters which he wanted to do away with quickly. He offered them at reduced rated I could not resist the offer.

Worked out pretty fine for me. Spare one hour in a day and this super quick craft activity will be done in no time.