Reusing Shoeboxes

A lot of shoeboxes can be unfolded to lie flat. This helps a lot in storing the ones you haven't re-purposed yet. When you re-fold it, do it so it is inside out. Then it makes a very good mailing box as you can just write the address on the box then tape it up securely to go through the mail. I also re-fold them inside out to use as storage for craft items like fabric paint etc.

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Here's an extra "box" hint. I cut the boxes that bath soap comes in (like Dove or Caress) in half, then fill up the bottom of a shoebox with the half-boxes. Each box will hold two Scribbles bottles upside down. This helps preserve the paint in the bottles for years as any dried paint will be on the other end so it won't affect being able to squeeze it out of the tip. I've used some that are over 5 years old!

By DeBushe from San Jose, CA

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August 13, 20120 found this helpful

Those are great tips! Once, I cut a white one from the bottom up 1/3 down from either end then folded that up. I taped it on the inside with duct tape, then for extra security, used a darning needle and crochet thread to "sew" it in place near the top, tying it on the inside. I then lined it with some old towels just glued in place, and then made my daughter a little blanket for her dolls.

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I glued a pretty button over each of the thread spots, put some baby doll decals and ribbons on the outside and her dolly slept in there every night for over a year.

I too use them for storage, putting what is inside on the outside so I know the contents. Since they stack so well up on closet shelves, and you can only put so much in them (preferably light stuff) thus making it easier for you to reach and remove.

Thanks for the ideas!

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