By Linda Harper
1. Use as Storage
Before you head to the store for more plastic tubs, go through your cardboard boxes. They can be turned into great containers for storing everything from documents to off-season clothes. If you feel crafty, you can make a decorative storage. You can quickly turn your cardboard into gorgeous Shabby French boxes with a brush of white paint. Add black and white prints of vintage bicycles, clocks, keys and stamps to finish the look.
2. Wrap Your Gifts
Save your cardboard for Christmas, when you will need to pack and send gifts to family and friends. Since not all items wrap well, it’s good to have a couple of boxes around.
3. Make a Lightweight Beach Furniture
Like to go to the beach? Make your stay on the seaside even more pleasant with this easy to carry cardboard furniture. For this project, you will need duct tape, cardboard and box cutter. To give your beach furniture more customized look, you can tape the boxes in decorative paper.
4. Mount Your Posters
Whether you want to frame your posters or you want to put them directly on the wall, adding a cardboard baking will make them sturdier. Plus, it will prevent your wall art from falling down.
5. Cover Your Moving Boxes in Fabric
Your cardboard boxes can double as a beautiful room decoration and functional storage. You don’t necessarily need to be a DIY expert to pull this project together. Grab two pieces of fabric and measure how much material you will need. Then place the fabric so it fits and glue down everything.
6. Create a Scratching Pad for Your Feline
Save your furniture and make your pet cat happy by upcycling the corrugated cardboard boxes into a scratching pad. Simply cut the box into equal strips and run a line of white glue along the centre of each piece. Then stack them together and you have a perfect scratching surface for your kitty.
7. Build a Pretty Planter
Make a beautiful rustic planter for your flowers. First you need to cut the box into two, then spray it black paint and glue some sticks.
8. Kill the Weeds
That’s right. You can use the leftover moving boxes to win the battle with weeds in your backyard. This biodegradable barrier is perfect for sheet mulching. Layer the cardboard to smother the weeds and cover with mulch. Once the material begins to decompose, it will not only kill the irritants, but will also promote healthier soil.
The pile of cardboard boxes should not necessarily be a pain, but a blessing in disguise.
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