11 Creative Ways to Reuse Cardboard Boxes

So many people I know have an excess of cardboard boxes, whether it be from storing them in the garage, having too many to fit in the recycling bin or just hanging on to them for future use. I’ve put together a list of creative ways to reuse those spare cardboard boxes, from genius storage solutions to projects for the kids. If you don’t have any cardboard boxes laying around you’ll be wanting to run out and pick some up to create one of the awesome ideas on this list!

Recycle those cardboard boxes sitting in the garage into one of these awesome ideas - from genius storage solutions to projects for the kids.

DIY PAINT PALETTE

Use a piece of cardboard box and some bottle caps to create this gorgeous little paint palette – perfect for your little Picasso’s! If you don’t have a collection of bottle caps, you could just plop the paint right onto the cardboard.

  See how to make this DIY Paint Palette

Recycle those cardboard boxes sitting in the garage into one of these awesome ideas - from genius storage solutions to projects for the kids.

MAGAZINE HOLDER

Don’t throw away those empty cereal boxes! Instead, turn them into a lovely magazine, file or homework holder with this simple trick

  See how to make these cereal box magazine holders here

Recycle those cardboard boxes sitting in the garage into one of these awesome ideas - from genius storage solutions to projects for the kids.

CAT SCRATCHER

Your cat will love you forever when you make this awesome DIY cardboard cat scratcher for them! This is super easy to make and may even save your furniture from being shredded.

  Learn how to make this DIY Cat Scratcher here

Recycle those cardboard boxes sitting in the garage into one of these awesome ideas - from genius storage solutions to projects for the kids.

DIY SHOE RACK

This DIY cardboard box shoe rack is a fantastic space saver. It is durable, easy to make and a fantastic DIY project to help clean up your hallway, wardrobe or garage.

  Learn how to make this DIY Shoe Rack here

Recycle those cardboard boxes sitting in the garage into one of these awesome ideas - from genius storage solutions to projects for the kids.

CARDBOARD PAINTING

A great way to use up those old boxes while also letting the kids get crafty. Place your cardboard box open on the ground outside with some paper plates of paint and let your little one get messy!

Recycle those cardboard boxes sitting in the garage into one of these awesome ideas - from genius storage solutions to projects for the kids.

Image source: Outdoor Cardboard Painting

DIY SHADOW BOX

This DIY Shadow box is a creative way to personalise your money box. Instead of the old piggy bank, you can make this money box for yourself, or it would make a perfect personalised gift!

  Learn how to make this DIY Cardboard Box Shadow Box

Recycle those cardboard boxes sitting in the garage into one of these awesome ideas - from genius storage solutions to projects for the kids.

DIY TABLETOP FOOSBALL GAME

Perfect for the school holidays, this DIY foosball game is made entirely out of recyclable items and is a great project for the kids.

  Full tutorial for this DIY Tabletop Foosball game here

Recycle those cardboard boxes sitting in the garage into one of these awesome ideas - from genius storage solutions to projects for the kids.

DIY CHARGING STATION

Upcycle that old show box sitting in the cupboard to make this pretty charging station. Perfect for hiding all those wires and adding a decorative touch to any room.

  Learn how to make this DIY charging station via Momtails

Recycle those cardboard boxes sitting in the garage into one of these awesome ideas - from genius storage solutions to projects for the kids.

EASY BABY DOLL BEDS

Perfect for little mummies, these easy baby doll beds can be made from a shoe box or any small cardboard box you may have spare.

  Get started on these easy baby doll beds here

Recycle those cardboard boxes sitting in the garage into one of these awesome ideas - from genius storage solutions to projects for the kids.

CARDBOARD STORAGE BOX

Would you believe this gorgeous storage box is made from a cardboard box? This would be perfect for storing so many things – diapers, toilet rolls, colouring books, toys.. the list goes on!

  Tutorial on how to make this gorgeous cardboard storage box here

Recycle those cardboard boxes sitting in the garage into one of these awesome ideas - from genius storage solutions to projects for the kids.

SUPER SIMPLE TOY CAR GARAGE

Some toys are so expensive and eventually may just end up ignored in the corner. Instead, use a cardboard box to make this awesome toy car garage.

  Learn how to make this Cardboard Box toy car garage here

Recycle those cardboard boxes sitting in the garage into one of these awesome ideas - from genius storage solutions to projects for the kids.

DRAW DIVIDERS

These drawer dividers are perfect for organising a number of drawers, from your sock drawer to keeping your stationary organised in your desk drawer!

  See how to make these Cardboard Box Drawer Dividers here

Recycle those cardboard boxes sitting in the garage into one of these awesome ideas - from genius storage solutions to projects for the kids.

What have you made from a cardboard box?

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8 comments

Elle July 5, 2018 - 8:35 AM

I just found out another practical use for cardboard boxes. If your compost bin is a bit too moist you can add cardboard to help balance it back out.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife July 5, 2018 - 12:42 PM

ooh thanks for sharing!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife July 9, 2018 - 10:06 AM

ohhh yeah good thinking! Thank you for sharing 🙂

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Bernardette July 5, 2018 - 2:09 PM

A large cardboard packing box is a great cover for a worm farm , it insulates it in winter and can help keep the heat out in summer .

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Michael July 6, 2018 - 12:05 PM

Love the magazine holder idea. Thanks for sharing the ideas.

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Jodie Hagan July 7, 2018 - 11:51 AM

The last time we moved house our children (and the neighbour children) were all small. We opened out the bottom of a bunch of packing boxes and the kids made a maze in the pergola/backyard. Months of fun!!!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife July 9, 2018 - 9:24 AM

Love that idea! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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Hannah Flack August 24, 2021 - 2:58 PM

Hi, I love the thought of blazing new trails for Him and moving forward from out mistakes. We can use them as tools to learn from, or we can let guilt keep us in a rut. I choose to blaze forward. Thanks for the inspiration.

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