make your own gift boxes: re-using berry boxes

April 12, 2010

You know how I love a good re-use craft; we frequently raid our recycle bin for crafting supplies and even crafting inspiration. And while mostly, the things we make are just fun kids crafts, sometimes I come up with a clever way to reuse something that has a practical use. 

The picture above is from a fun vintage book I found a few months back. I think I have mentioned it before: It's called the Do-It Book. It suggests that kids "Always check when mother is throwing something away. You may be able to put her cast-offs to good use!" (How very un-green and wasteful of mother to be just tossing her cast-offs into the garbage!)

Juliet and I put some of our cast-offs to good use and made some very cute gift boxes together. I thought I'd share them with you today. 

We started with this blueberry container. You could use a strawberry one, raspberry one, or really any sort of plastic container. Later, I'll show you another example we made using a to-go box from a restaurant. 

I washed out the container and made sure it was dry. 

Then I got out some scrapbook paper, scissors, and a ruler. 

(Okay, so I didn't get the ruler out right away, but after cutting out several crooked squares and engaging in several minutes of woe-is-me wailing to Ben about how "I just can't cut straight!", I gave in and got the ruler. Everything worked much better after that! Imagine. It seems math skills ARE useful after all.)

Juliet helped glue the squares into place. We placed a square on the top and also on the inside to cover up the labels. We did the same thing with the bottom of the container. 

I found a scrap piece of ribbon (from gift tag, I think) and wove it through the holes. I did this for both the top and bottom. 

As the final touch, Juliet picked out the "B" sticker and placed it in the center. This box was for Aunt Beth. 

Okay, so here is the other one. I think this was a to-go box from Panera. I washed it out and then cut some paper to fit the top, bottom, and inside. Juliet helped with the glue and stickers and we were done!

I used a fabric gift bag on the inside to hold the necklace for Aunt Sara and then placed it inside. Making each one took only about 5 minutes (after I realized the benefits of using a ruler). 

Juliet thought it was great fun and enjoyed being part of the gift-making/giving process for her aunts. 

So maybe that will inspire you for the next time you are short of a gift box or bag! Have you created anything fun using "cast-offs" lately? 

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Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

Love them! So cute.

Annette W. said...

Awesome idea!

Ana said...

Adorable! I love those!

Becky said...

That is such a great idea, Vanessa! I love it.

Shopper Gal said...

Those are toooo adorable!! I found you on Blog Frog. I can't wait to see what you come up with next :)

{shopper gal}

Katie's Nesting Spot said...

Okay, back on track and finally to the post I came over to see! These are a great idea, I normally have tons of these. I upcycle a lot of things and turn them into gift containers but have never thought to do it with berry boxes. Do you wrap the gift in a little matching tissue paper? Very fun way to get your child involved, thanks for linking up to show and tell.

Jackie said...

I loved this idea and can't believe I didn't leave a comment before. I just posted about one that I made for Mother's Day. Thanks for the great idea!

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