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Our cat was bored being cooped up in the house when it was twenty below zero for a week or so. We built him a play house out of cardboard boxes in which he can tunnel through from one box to another.
We attached the boxes together with packing tape and left some openings in the top for light to shine through and for the cat to enter from above as well as through the side. Boxes can also be stacked on top of one another for a two-story house.
Cats often like to claw on cardboard boxes so the boxes also deter them from clawing furniture.
By Judy S. from Valley City, ND
Recycle your kitchen cardboard into fashion decorator alpha accents or decorative lidded origami boxes using pretty paper napkins to cover them! This is a simple and low cost to NO cost way to use kitchen cardboard as craft material.
Stencil the letter(s) you want (I used the letters in my name) on the backs of food products cardboard and cut out as many as you want to form a stack of them. Secure them with tape and cover them in pretty paper napkins using glue to adhere them. Cut portions of the same napkin out to use the designs as embellishments. As you can see my napkin had butterflies and flowers. I cut them out and added them. Using a piece of scrap cardboard glue the cutout onto one side and trim out the shape.I bent the wings of my butterfly up to give it a pose!
Use the lidded origami box fold how-to. The box I used was a pie box and the inside was white. I chose the white inside to be the outside of my origami box and cut out portions of pretty paper napkin to decorate it. I used the same method to create the butterfly on both ideas. There is a little paper napkin left.
If nothing else, yours could be the cutest trash in the neighborhood! Maybe someone will want to take it home with them and put it to good use! ;)
Source: My own recycling efforts turned into craft projects!
By melody_yesterday from Otterville, MO
A friend left a large gift box with a top and bottom and I reinforced it inside with cardboard cut to fit the sides, on both boxes.I stapled the cardboard at top and bottom to strengthen. Now I use it to fold and store bedding. That's the beginning of the story.
If you are storing long-term, do not use cardboard boxes. Anything can happen to them, be it roof leakage or bugs or mice.
I have another use for cardboard, if you have a sick dog that throws up in the house or a person who does not make it to the bathroom, cardboard is a a good scraper. I take a piece of cardboard, tear it in half so that I have two pieces, then scrape.
My kids like to save cardboard pieces from boxes that are shipped to our home. Cardboard is sturdy enough for the kids to glue or use hot glue without the cardboard bending - like with paper.
We have seen the amount of paper and cardboard a family receives in the shopping of food and other things, so we decided one day; "Let's see how we can use this for good things in the everyday life."
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Does anyone have a use for the heavy cardboard backs from kid's puzzles? Our dog chewed up a bunch of pieces from my son's puzzles, but it seems like there could be another use for the backs of them. Any ideas?
By Liz from Charleston, SC
Maybe your son could draw or color a page out of a coloring book and you could make a new puzzle using the back of the old one. Some are brightly colored; maybe a type of frame your his artwork.
If you got some peel and stick cork and cut to fit, you could make a small bulletin board. I would even try painting the center with blackboard paint(a couple of coats, letting dry in in between) to make a slate size chalkboard.
They can be glued onto a cheap frame or made into a frame and then spray painted. Make great Christmas decorations with child's photo inside. Use several layers to add depth.
You could also, take another piece of cardboard, around the same size, or even a little larger, as long as the second piece "over-lapses" the puzzle frame. Then, have an adult cut the edges, of this second piece, with something like a "Stanley or razor knife", so it fits snugly into the puzzle frame.
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I use cardboard squares, which I cut out of cartons, etc., to put in the corner of the guinea pig cage and also in the ferret cage. These animals usually pick a couple of places to go and go there all the time, making this idea work. I just throw away the soiled square, it is so easy.
The squares, in a bigger size also work great for the bottom of the litter box, covered with baking soda and then the litter poured over it. I do this for the litter box most of the time. When it is time to change the litter, there is already a tool to scrape the box out with :).
I would already be tearing up cardboard to throw away anyway, so this gives it an extra use before it gets burned or ends up in the landfill.
I also use cardboard squares in the garden to keep weeds from growing. I simply put them in a place and cover them with dirt. I usually dig a moat-like thing around the cardboard square, then use the dirt from that. Then I plant on top of it. I have a picture of a potato hill I made this way, only using an old dog blanket. Of course, this is my yard, where my favorite flowers, Morning Glories have free reign, and they take over everything. They are taking over the potato hill, and then the bugs on the potatoes are killing the plants, but I enjoy the circular flower beds, with no regular weeds in it, anyway.
I might end up putting the cheap solar lights from Walmart around this potato hill, as a kind of funny thing. I will do it in honor of my Dad, who was an innovator, an inventor, an engineer, and a nurse. I love, and remember him, especially this time of year, since this is the 8th anniversary of his passing into heaven. He once considered putting a fake UFO in the backyard, but decided against it, but I still remember he wanted to do that.
By Robyn from Hampton, TN
Recycling your cardboard boxes is a great practice, but don't forget that many of them can be reused in your own home. This is a page about uses for cardboard boxes.
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Get unlimited cardboard from fast food places. You can put some in your pet carrier under papers. Also put papers on cardboard in the area you keep pet, just in case it is not REALLY well house broken!
By Bill from Indiana
I have been using McD's fry boxes to move in - I have to buy shipping tape to "remake" them because here they fold them down flat and put them in a little fenced area on their parking lot! I will eventually get 2 or 3 emptied at a time and as I do, I will cut the tape and flatten them for easy storage!
By the way: I usually have great things to say about Dollar General but their shipping tape isn't worth it! It doesn't want to stick well to these fry boxes and I have seen it fall off! Save yourself the bother with their brand tape and get Scotch. Yes, it's higher priced but you won't end up with boxes breaking open! (11/08/2007)