Recycled Packaging Box

Hello Friends!

If you’re someone who has been following my posts for a while, you may remember how keen I am on being able to recycle stuff – especially packaging.  And then, in my last post, I told you how I spoiled myself a little and purchased a host of paints, pastels, crayons, pencils, charcoals and pens for my budding artistic endeavours…….

They arrived in two identical sturdy boxes like this:

Packing Box 1

The boxes have substance, being made of corrugated card laid between the two outer sheets of cardboard and measure 305 x 165 mm.  Which, to my way of thinking, is a size that just has to be useful.

So, yesterday afternoon I said to Orlando, ‘Come, let the ‘repurposing’ begin!’ and off we went to the play room.  I got out the silver ultra-sticky plumbers tape that I picked up on a visit to the local DIY store years ago and which is an ever-so-handy member of my adhesives drawer, a pair of scissors and the tacky glue.  I rummaged through the paper stash and found the left overs from the ‘Le Tres Chic’  30 x 30 papers from DCWV.  The size of these sheets was pretty spot on,  so even though the colours don’t exactly sing to me I figured this is a trial run to see what I can do, so let’s use ’em!

And this is what I did:

Packing Box 2

I ran the plumbers tape all around the edges and along the creases where the box folded  over into its top.  This was for extra strength, protection and because I didn’t want to try wrapping paper around a slightly wonky edged cardboard box.

I cut the paper just short of the box edges and adhered it with the tacky glue.

I did the inside too:

Packing Box 3

Voila!  A new home for my art journals, sketch book and note books

Packing Box 4

And here they are, proud as punch, sitting in the morning sun on Orlando’s table.

Packing Box 5

All up it took me about 40 minutes to make, so I shall probably put the other one together this evening.

Recycling and repurposing is very satisfying!

Thanks for coming by, it’s always lovely to know you’ve been 🙂

17 thoughts on “Recycled Packaging Box

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  2. Smart looking and handy too…yes I’m talking about you 😉 but the same could be said about your project. When I worked at a local scrapbook shop, we’d get box’s in every shape and size. I had an attic full of ones I’d bring home and collect for christmas. I’m almost certain I have a box fetish, LOL. I’m always looking at empty ones thinking…..”hey, that’s a good one”…like it was a junk of gold or something.


    • You worked in a scrapbook shop – oh gads! My idea of Heaven with a capital haitch!! I confess to a wee box fetish myself – I break ’em down and store them under one of my work desks…… they tend to stay there, which is why I thought I’d better make these ones up straight away. Most handy they are turning out to be too – need more – must find more boxes …..


  3. Great idea! We have sooooooooooooooo many papers that come in to be kept track of for school- as well as “home” notebooks etc… may need to make 4 of these for my kiddos!


  4. Pauline, you’re an angel. This came just in time.. Granny needed some new boxes and this is such a great idea…and tell Orlando that boxes are also made for …. cats…so, just a thought.. Have a wonderful Day. Pawkisses 🙂


    • Bless sweeties! This has turned out really well – I’ve already had two orders :-0 But sssshhhh! – we’re not telling Orlando about this box – and he hasn’t spotted it yet ….. Currently he has decided he likes plastic bags, they make an interesting rustle and are good for pouncing on …..also you can put your head through the handle part with quite interesting results…. 🙂


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