My daughter is a crafty one. In the days after Christmas, we started to run out of all of the “new” craft kits we had gotten as gifts. Well, that isn’t entirely true. They just became “older”. My in-laws were visiting and as my father-in-law and C sat at the breakfast table one morning, I couldn’t help but ponder about something that could keep them busy (and out of trouble) together.
I decided on a challenge. Everyone (especially my father-in-law and C) likes a good challenge.
We were running low on clementines which means two things: 1. We need more clementines and 2. I am going to have to throw out yet another clementine box that is in perfectly good condition.
WAIT…HOLD THE PRESSES. I realized at that moment, that I don’t have to throw out another clementine box. We could certainly use it for something!
That is when my father-in-law and daughter came into the picture. I challenged them to create and find a use for this clementine box and think up as many ways to use it as possible.
Off they went!
The first step was to decorate it. C especially had fun with this! They decided on painting (of course) and then lining the bottom of the crate with patterned duct tape.
Then they talked about it and came up with some creative ideas on how to use this wooden box that would otherwise just be thrown away.
So, here are 10 ideas for how to upcycle that clementine box:
1. A storage box for C’s new duct tape obsession or any other crafts items that may be floating around
2. DVD or CD storage crate
3. A catch all box for the car – we always have those odds and ends that float around the car
4. A table to host a tea party for your dolls or stuffed animals. **This was the favorite for us!
5. Box used to organize the bathroom closet – we ALWAYS have tons of cosmetics, dental hygiene items, etc. that just end up getting thrown in there. It is a way to keep it all cheaply organized.
6. Firewood – hey, you can save it for the fire pit this summer if you don’t have a fireplace.
7. Use a box for each child to keep their hats and mittens in during the winter months in your hall closet.
8. A doll bed or Barbie bed. C made a blanket out of paper and a pillow out of duct tape so her Barbies would be extra comfy!
9. A work in progress box – Hey, I am a crafter/knitter/sewer…it is always nice to have a box to keep your WIPs in around the house!
So, there you go! Another item that keeps the kids busy and creative, and more importantly, stays out of the landfill. I would love to hear how you use your clementine boxes. Any ideas?