How many of you have a closet designated as your UPS delivery drop zone? You know a place to stash those must have packages. How many of you have a checking account on life support after the Nordstrom sale?
Hey, I love the ease of the click and ship purchase; the convenience, the free shipping and no hassle returns of my favorite retailers. But, with the pending holiday season (I know, right) I am on a mission to find ways to up-cycle retail boxes.
I think the Bath & Body Works packaging people are on to something. Sometimes I think I find a reason to buy hand soaps and 3 wick candles because of the adorable blue plaid print inside their boxes. Seriously, are these not the cutest retail boxes ever?
This summer I went overboard with stocking up on soaps and maybe a few candles. Hey, it rarely rains in Colorado so when we get a few days of clouds it makes me want to nest! And, this summer I also made a decision to redecorate my office so I found a way to organize my office supplies and use the checkered, shades of blue boxes.
And, the best part of this up-cycle project was I used a roll of clear packaging tape and just wrapped the flaps down to the exterior side of the box. That’s it. And, now I have matching boxes to store my computer paper and envelopes.
I still had a few boxes that I had “broken down,” before I discovered their storage capabilities so I framed a piece of the checked cardboard. The frame hides a few odds and inns behind it in my new office hutch.
I paired the frame with a boxwood because blues and boxwoods always look so pretty together. Like when I paired a boxwood wreath against a color block of Hale Navy here.
I mean this is an old frame and a piece of a cardboard box. I wonder how long until the boys in my house recognize the familiar retailer’s packaging? And, then I will wait for the eye roll. There’s always an eye roll with my kids.
up-cycle cardboard boxes
P.S. Look at this shelving system created with cardboard boxes.
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