Chica and I were browsing the local craft store when we spotted a huge display of photo storage boxes . They seemed to call to us from across the store, enticing us with cute patterns and vibrant colors. Luckily, they were running a great deal on them so we decided to snag a few to take home. Once I got mine home, I started trying to think of fun uses for them. Please let us know if you have any unique ideas on what to do with these practical and economical storage boxes. Currently, my list consists of the following:
- Wedding day survival kits for bridesmaids and groomsmen: Choose boxes that complement your wedding colors or decorate plain ones. Put the name of the recipient on the outside within the metal area on the front. Fill the box with a bottle of water, aspirin, light snacks, safety pins, clear fingernail polish for the ladies, sunscreen for an outdoor wedding, small travel deodorant, tissues, Tums, a small lint brush and a nice thank you card.
- Box lunches for a bridal or baby shower: Especially good for an outdoor party. Line the bottom of the box with aluminum foil or plastic wrap. Put a frozen gel pack in the bottom of each box and cover with tissue paper. Put plasticware, napkin, a wrapped sandwich, a small container of salad, a skewer of fruit with a small container of dip, some crudites and dip and a small bottle of water in each box. Make some boxes vegetarian and label the outside appropriately. A guest can then pass a table decorated with all of the beautiful boxes and pick one from the pile. For a smaller party, label the boxes with each guest’s name and customize the contents somewhat. Chica and I did something similar for a baby shower but we used baskets instead but I think the boxes would have looked even cuter!
- Baby memory boxes: Decorate the box with your child’s name and birth stats. Fill it with the keepsakes that won’t fit inside a baby book very easily such as: the coming home outift, first shoes, favorite rattle, and favorite stuffed animal. I currently have my daughter’s items like this in an old cookie tin, sad, I know. I am going to work on a cute box now instead for her. I will make sure to post a picture of my finished product.
- Make fabric softener sheets pretty: Put your sheets in a box with a nice design to make the laundry area a little more tidy and less blah.
- Store extra flatware: Whether its the odds and ends that don’t match your current set anymore or a set you only use for company, store your flatware in a labeled box in your closet to free up space in the kitchen.
- Receipt box: Put one in your kitchen to be a catch-all for receipts. At the end of the month, when it is time to do the bills, receipts will all be in the same place.
- Art kit for kids: Put all of the supplies they would need to do an art project in a box. When the weather is frightful, your kids can grab a box and enjoy a little arts and crafts time.
- Storage for small toy pieces: A friend gave our daughter a Fisher Price Snap ‘n Style doll as a gift for her birthday. An additional bonus gift was a box to hold all of the pieces once we opened the package. We still use this nicely decorated box and it inspired me to pass on the organizational love whenever I give a child’s gift with lots of pieces. It only adds a couple of dollars to the gift price and the parent will love you forever!
- Lost-and-found: I am forever finding odd pieces around the house that I don’t know what they are or to whom they belong so I decided to label one of these lost-and-found and dump all of these mysterious pieces there. Now, when my husband asks me if I threw away his very valuable random metal or plastic thing, I can say no, look in the lost-and-found box!