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Recycled Cardboard Gift Boxes

by Amy Bowerman

Ah shipping boxes!  There is no shortage of them here at my house.  How about yours?  With the increased popularity of online shopping these cardboard containers seem to accumulate like dust bunnies under a couch!  Especially around the holidays.  I always save shipping boxes and shipping supplies to reuse when I need to ship something.  However, the times I actually need to ship something are few and far between.  The stack of shipping boxes in my basement started to pile up, yet I was determined to figure out a way to reuse them.  Turns out all I needed to do was think “Outside the box”…literally.  By dressing up the outside of a plain old cardboard shipping box you can easily turn it into a lovely gift box!

 

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I first got the idea for recycling shipping boxes into gift boxes when I started getting orders for paper flower arrangements.  I needed something sturdier than a gift bag to transport them and I knew the shipping boxes would make great containers with a few tweaks.

 

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By removing the flaps off the top of the box I was able to cover it with stamped brown paper and place the flowers inside without crushing the blooms.  *Shipping boxes with the flaps removed are great for hard to wrap gifts…just add tissue paper and you’ve got the perfect gift box!

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The Brown Paper is recycled packaging from another shipping box.  I created a custom stamp using a large acrylic block and a variety of stamps from my collection. Simply stamp the brown paper with Archival Ink in Sepia and use a  glue stick to adhere the paper to the box.

 

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Another quick and easy way to alter a shipping box is to use a large block stamp. There are plenty of large block stamps available from craft retailers.  This flower and text stamp from Hero Arts is a personal favorite of mine.  It helps to flatten the box before stamping but you don’t have to.  Just place your hand on the underside of the box as you stamp to get a clean image.  Add a pop of color by hot gluing ribbon to the rim of the box and add a decorative brad to the center.

 

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I don’t ship packages often but when I do I like to dress my packages up a bit.(I really didn’t mean to sound like the Dos Equis guy there)  Everyone loves to get mail and a colorful package makes for some serious “Happy Mail”.   Add color to a plain shipping box by dabbing on Distress Stains and stamping with Distress ink.

 

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Small boxes from jewelry, candy or gift cards can also be recycled into unique gift boxes.  For light-colored boxes simply stamp and edge the sides with Distress ink.

 

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Cover up the logo with a paper flower.  I’ve used paper flowers left over from this Pretty in Pink Flower arrangement and attached them to the box with a decorative brad.   Don’t have a die cutting machine?  No problem!  You can easily make beautiful paper flowers with paper punches.  Check out my tutorial to learn how.

 

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Darker colored boxes can be updated with scrapbook paper and Mod Podge.  I created this gift box by layering tissue paper and paper scraps from past projects.

Now is the perfect time to start turning shipping boxes into gift boxes (the holidays will be here before you know it).  It also helps to have some on hand if you need to give a last-minute gift.  I just received a package today and I can’t wait to turn it into a gift box.  It’s a white one and just ripe for the altering!

Before I go I just wanted to wish a very Happy Birthday to LESSology!  They are a wonderful challenge blog all about up-cycling and doing more with less.  In honor of LESSology I have created a link collection of all the projects created for their monthly challenges.

Thanks for all the inspiration Lessology…Have a happy happy birthday!

AMy*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1 Jidapa Akkarathanaratthachai July 7, 2016 at 8:04 am

Making your own packaging boxes is quite an interesting stuff to do. Especially if you are making packaging box for sending some gift it gets more interesting and give you a chance to customize your packaging box.

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2 Jidapa Akkarathanaratthachai July 7, 2016 at 8:03 am

Making your own packaging boxes is quite an interesting stuff
to do. Especially if you are making packaging box for sending some gift it gets more interesting and give you a chance to customize your packaging box.

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3 Thomas Beckham May 9, 2016 at 2:31 am

Wow!! great article! Recycling helps to preserve the environment in a major way. One way that recycling does this is by helping to cut down on waste. Instead of just creating more waste by using virgin materials recycling uses material that has already been used. Not only reducing the amount of waste that has already been created, but also preventing more waste from being made as well.
I really like your post. I think the things you covered through the post are quiet impressive, good job and great efforts. I found it very interesting and enjoyed reading all of it…keep it up, lovely job..:)

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4 Leslie April 3, 2016 at 4:17 pm

Do you sell these boxes?

I would love to buy a couple dozen of the smaller boxes with words + flower ink as guest gift for a book-themed baby shower in May.

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5 Pam @Threading My Way November 19, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Love the shipping box with ribbon trim… 4th photo down. No one would ever know what the original box was. Hope you don’t mind, but I’m pinning.
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6 Marjie Kemper November 19, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Great transformations! You are good for Mother Earth, Miss Amy!
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7 Julie Tucker-Wolek October 1, 2012 at 10:43 pm

Wowwwwwwwwwwwww!! These are absolutely AMAZING!!!! WOW!!!! Thanks so much for playing along with LESSology!!
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8 Linda Lapotka October 1, 2012 at 9:13 am

Wow amazing remakes of the boxes. They are lovely gifts all on there own.
Thanks you for sharing your wonderful idea with us at LESSology.
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9 Lynnda September 10, 2012 at 11:07 pm

THese are SO SO beautiful!!! these upcycled projects are amazing and inspiring indeed… I love them all… You done so well… thank you so much for playing along with US over @LESSology!!!… :)…hugs…xoxo

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10 annie! September 10, 2012 at 10:57 am

I’m an avid fan of upcycling and have been decorating/using boxes for years…but yours bring it to new heights. Beautiful!

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11 Janj September 7, 2012 at 10:39 pm

Amy-not only are your flowers beautiful but your presentation is stunning! I stamp on my mailing boxes but never on the gift box itself–fabulous idea! I loved seeing your outside box with the stamping and distress stain. Watch out more stamped boxes will be in the mail thanks to your tips Amy!
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12 Pip September 7, 2012 at 10:46 am

im so glad you commented on the Dos Equis reference lol it made me giggle. Great ideas too!

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13 Amy Bowerman September 9, 2012 at 2:24 pm

I’m so glad someone GOT the Dos Equis reference…I didn’t even realize I had done it at first but then again, “I don’t always realize I’m being funny, but when I do it’s usually in reference to a beer commercial! ” :)

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14 Jenni September 7, 2012 at 10:17 am

So pretty! I need to find a large stamp like that one. I ship a lot of gifts because a lot of our family lives out of state. I usually decorate the boxes with stickers, but stamps and ink would be a lot more classy. :)
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15 malia September 7, 2012 at 9:17 am

All amazing and beautiful but the brightly colored box at the is amazing!
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16 Yvonne Yam September 7, 2012 at 6:49 am

Oh my. These are amazing ideas Amy! I love them all. Especially the transformation of that plain shipping box with the beautiful stamping and blooms!

Thanks so much for joining us at LESSology. :)
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17 Shahrul Niza September 7, 2012 at 5:15 am

Beautiful, beautiful!. You’re like a cute fairy god sister who changed not so pretty things into spectacular creations!. I LOVE the jewelry box the most. Beautiful brown flowers :).
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