We’ve all been through our fair share of cardboard boxes. You probably gathered these boxes for packing up items for a big move. After the majority of the boxes are empty, what can you do with them? It’d be a shame to just throw out all of the boxes. There are many uses for these items that most see as mere trash. Don’t allow your unused boxes to be destined for a landfill, recycle them in your own home.
1) Toys for Kids or Costume Props
I once created a cosplay of Ash Williams of the Evil Dead franchise. The costume called for a chainsaw hand. I did so with the use of otherwise unused cardboard boxes we had in our home. I painted the box red and pushed a clothes hanger through it. I then used duct tape to wrap the rounded piece I’d cut to the coat hanger. The duct tape gave the “blade” the silver color I needed. The prop proved to be quite durable and lasted through an entire day of wear at a convention. The same concept could be applied to making toy swords or guns for children. The cardboard is durable enough for some playtime and is not solid enough to harm one of the children if they get a little too rowdy.
2) Litter Box
Litter boxes can range in price and get rather expensive. Instead of purchasing one at a store, you can simply create one from one of your boxes. Simply cut the sides of the box down to a low enough height that is able to retain litter but is short enough for your cat to climb into with ease. These boxes do not last forever as litter boxes. Cats like to claw at things and cardboard is absorbent and may eventually retain urine. But this is still a free alternative that you can replace every few months.
3) Drink Coasters
Cutting down cardboard into small pieces of equal sizes can save money on coasters. For extra fun with the idea, allow the kids to have crayons and draw their own personal designs on their coasters. Cardboard can absorb moisture quite well. Cutting the cardboard into any shape you wish can give the coasters a personal touch and will look presentable.
4) Mat for Dirty/ Wet Shoes
Nothing is more annoying than guests or family members tracking dirt or water onto your floor. This can be quite frustrating. In order to avoid this problem, flatten the cardboard box and place it by the door. Your guest can use the flattened box to place their wet or dirty shoes on until they leave your home. Feel free to add a fun design to the makeshift mat.
5) Mulching Purposes
Adding a thin layer of cardboard under your mulch, around your plants can help prevent the growth of unsightly weeds. I’ve used cardboard boxes and newspaper for this purpose in the past. The cardboard will help to keep your flower bed looking well kept and neat. Unsightly weeds will not be able to breath and grow underneath the cardboard.
We throw away useful objects every day without realizing it. Cardboard boxes are often the victims of this act. Instead of tossing out the boxes, put them to good use. There are many more ways to use the boxes around your home. Never underestimate the use of the average cardboard box. No matter the size, these boxes can be quite useful in your home and will save you countless dollars.