Most diaper boxes are strong and sturdy. Pampers' large diaper box, for example, uses cardboard with a weight limit of 65 pounds! That's a strong box with a lot of potential. Check the seal on the bottom of box for your brand's specifications.
You can even cover with fabric/paper and embellishments to spruce it up a little. Here I used an old pair of pants and some leftover fabric to line the box which now holds all those teeny tiny toddler books.
Here are a dozen creative ways to reuse your diaper boxes...
- Store gift wrap and bows. Wrap box in paper. Store tape, scissors, bows, and other gift wrap essentials.
- Store old textbooks. Still saving your old textbooks from college? Load them up in one of these boxes to keep off the dust and easily organize your storage closet. Bonus: the finger holes on the side of the box make for easy lifting.
- T-shirt forms. Cut out t-shirt forms to place between fabric layers and prevent bleeding when painting t-shirt crafts. (Think handprint shirts for grandma.)
- Organize your craft room. Long-term projects (like quilts) can easily be stored with all the necessary tools and pieces together in one box.
- Beanbag/ball toss. Encourage your little one to throw a ball into an open empty box. As an extra challenge for older kids, flip the box over and cut out a small hole and you have a bean bag toss.
- Small pet bed. Cut off the top flaps and 2/3 of the front panel. Drape with a soft towel or pillow and little Fido now has a new place to sleep.
- Car trunk organizer. Use multiple embellished boxes to organize your trunk space.
- Finger painting in the yard. Take your kids out in the yard and let them finger paint the box. It's 3D art your kids will surely love.
- Bubbles, chalk, and bouncy balls- Little outdoor toys tend to end up everywhere. Store them together in one box in the garage.
- Photo mailers. Cut out a rectangle of cardboard and place inside envelopes to prevent bending when mailing photos.
- Lawn waste. Take a box into the garden when pulling weeds to collect lawn waste.
- Grocery box for camping trips. Keep your bread from getting smashed during camping trips by packing your food in a box.
- Transport Christmas gifts.
- "Box"car rides. Glide your little one over carpeted floors by looping a bed sheet through the box finger grips.
- Shelf liners for built in wire closet shelves. Hate those little lines imprinted onto your folded clothes by wire closet shelves? So do I. Cut a side panel from your diaper box, wrap with decorative paper and use as shelf liners to prevent annoying little line marks.
Positively Splendid has an awesome tutorial for creating a canvas lined crates out of diaper boxes.
|Diaper box + old bed sheet + mom = boxcar rides|
|Where I keep gift wrap, bows, etc.|
|Store craft materials|