9 Ways to Upcycle a Clementine Box

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? :-)


About Lauryn Blakesley

A woman out to explore, celebrate, and enjoy everything that my community and living locally has to offer. Blessed with three beautiful children and an incredible husband, our family embraces adventure while dreaming of what is to come. Lover of knitting, running (although mostly after little ones right now), the color orange, fun accessories, fall, tea, and a clean kitchen floor. I spend my days in awe of my family and trying to teach my three to treat others as they would want to be treated.

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  1. Great ideas! I love finding ways to save things from the trash. I’m looking forward to trying some of these with my daughter.
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  2. damn i just threw one out
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  3. I used to love lining them with plastic, filling with soil and planting wheat grass…especially fun in the winter when the days are lacking the beauty of green grass… It is super and fun. Great around easter time.

    • That is a great idea! I was trying to think of ways to work it into gardening…that’s a great one and it would be a great Easter project. Thanks!

  4. Love these ideas! Great ways to upcycle.
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  5. Toni Cosgrove says:

    Cover one with duct tape and it makes a great catch all for a room….my daughter wanted animal print of course, I used one to raise my comp montitor up…they are perfect on a shelf for little things kids like to collect. Keep one in mud room for gloves. Decorate one and use for all the remotes. You can cover with shelf paper too.With bad weather keep one by front door lined with tinfoil for wet shoes and boots.


  1. […] Re-using – Try to teach that re-using something pre-owned by you or gently used by someone else is better than wasting the resources on a new one when possible. And re-using doesn’t have to mean using an item the same way it was intended. You’d be amazed what uses kids can come up with for an item as ordinary as a clementine box! […]

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