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5 Cool Uses for Old Cardboard

How to bring yould old cardboard boxes "back to life"

Old cardboard boxes
Instead of throwing them away, you can discover many interesting and creative uses for old cardboard boxes. (Image source - https://flic.kr/p/8fvqSu)

Yeah, you could just throw those unwanted cardboard boxes in the attic or the garage. But where’s the fun in that? Virtually everything we have in our homes or our workplaces arrived there in a cardboard box. They are, by their very nature, functional and dispensable. But you can still have fun with them! Those boxes have served you well, so don’t throw them on the scrapheap, let them bring something creative to the table.

Costumes

Next time you or your child is invited to a fancy dress party, all you need to do is dig out a few old cardboard boxes and go from there. You can shape a dragon’s head out of one or if you’re lazy you can just use a few boxes and make yourself into a robot. Of course, don’t forget to jazz them up a bit. You’ll need to a nice coat of metallic paint and maybe a sieve on your head if you’re going for the robot.

Pet Bed

Why spend untold amounts of money on a new dog basket or cat bed when you have all those boxes stacked up in your garage? I mean, it’s not like the dog is going to complain and demand you buy a L20 bed from the pet store. Just cut out an opening in the front where your pet can get in and then add some bedding. You can even make the bedding out of cardboard by using a cardboard conversion machine.

Fortress

We all did it as kids, didn’t we? There is literally nothing more fun than building a huge fort out of cardboard boxes. No games console, no iPad or television can compete. And that’s quite a refreshing thought, isn’t it? If you have children, this can be a great way of getting them active and employing their imaginations. Or you could just reclaim your own childhood and build a fort in your front garden - ignore those neighbours giving you funny looks, they’re just jealous.

Dog in an old cardboard box
Even if you didn't immediately plan it, your pet will quickly find a good use
for your old TV box.  (Image source -
 Pixabay.com)

Gift Tags

Have you ever walked out of a card shop and stopped to wonder why on earth you had just paid good money for a little cardboard tag? I have. That’s why I started cutting up old cardboard boxes and using them as gift tags instead. Every time I see someone buying gift tags I feel the need to tell them the error of their ways. It’s so simple, and they look so good! They’re not just as good as the ones you buy in the shop; they’re better.

Drinks Coasters

We all need drinks coasters. I learnt that lesson the hard way. I put a mug down on a friend's wooden table once, and it left a big mark. I still don’t think she’s forgiven me. But, similarly to gift tags, whenever I buy coasters, I feel like I’m wasting my money. That’s right: my coasters are cardboard too. They do the job with minimal fuss, and they didn’t cost me a penny. You can even decorate them if you want to!

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