Here Are 10 Creative Ways To Reuse Your Old Amazon Boxes

Creative Ways To Reuse Your Old Amazon Boxes

If you follow me on social media, you may already know that I’ve been contending with a stubborn foot injury for the past several months. My knee-scooter has made it easy enough to get around the house, but I hate hauling it in and out of my car, so I’ve been doing a lot of my usual shopping online. And after months of shopping online as much as humanly possible, I’ve been asking myself one question… “What the heck I am going to do with all these boxes?!”

My collection of cardboard boxes has grown exponentially, but it seemed wasteful to just throw them all out. So I started looking around the web for ways that I could reuse them, and I found a lot of great ideas! I wanted to share my findings with you today, because I think most people do at least SOME online shopping. And while my shipping box collection may be somewhat extreme, it’s not all that unusual to have a few empty boxes lying around and taking up space. So without further ado, let’s get creative with those boxes!

10 Creative Ways To Reuse Cardboard Boxes

Uses for Cardboard Boxes

1. Postcards

Cut out a 6″ x 4″ rectangle to use as a postcard! Just decorate to your liking, address, stamp, and send it off. This would be a fun project to do with the kids. Let them paint or draw a masterpiece on the front of the postcard, then send it off to Grandma or a relative who lives out of town. :-)


2. Organizers

Cardboard isn’t very cute on its own, but with some washi tape and a bit of creativity, it can be! Use your old cardboard boxes to construct all kinds of handy organizers, then use washi tape to take them to the next level.

Related: DIY Washi Tape Organizers

Uses for Cardboard Boxes

3. Weed Control

You can use cardboard in your garden to help control weeds. To “install” cardboard, scrape the first few inches of soil away from the area. Break down your cardboard box so that it lays flat, then grab your hose and a spray attachment. You want to soak the cardboard thoroughly with water (This step helps to start the biodegrading process, and it helps it lie flatter.) After soaking the cardboard, replace the dirt.

Uses for Cardboard Boxes

4. Knee Pads

Use a spare piece of cardboard as a knee-pad while you’re working in your flower beds or garden. Even a single layer of cardboard has enough give to act as a cushion on the hard ground, but you can double- or triple-up on layers to make it even more comfortable.

Uses for Cardboard Boxes

5. All-Purpose Container

Use an old cardboard box… as a box! I like to keep a small box in the back of my car to corral gear like washer fluid, jumper cables, my ice scraper, and more. It keeps them from rolling around noisily in the back of my car. :-)

Outside of the car, there are plenty of other ways to use an old cardboard box. Use it as a laundry basket, a trash can, a recycling bin, a toy box, or as a collection box for items you want to donate. The sky’s the limit!

Uses for Cardboard Boxes

6. Signs

Use an old cardboard box to make signs for your upcoming sales ventures, whether it be a yard sale, a bake sale, or your kid’s lemonade stand.

7. Pet Beds

You’ve probably seen a hundred videos of this phenomenon already , but in case you didn’t already know – cats love sitting in cardboard boxes. So you can give a spare box to your cat or a friend’s cat, and they will probably be quite pleased about it. But if you want to, you can make that box extra appealing by turning it into a hammock!

Related: Make A Simple DIY Cat Hammock

And cat’s aren’t the only pets who can find a way to use your old boxes. You can make a simple bed for your dog by lining the bottom of a shallow box with soft blankets and pillows!

8. Halloween Costumes

If you have somewhere to store your extra cardboard until October, you can keep a collection to use for making homemade Halloween costumes! I posted a few years ago about a few different ideas for homemade Halloween costumes, including a LEGO brick costume that I made out of (you guessed it) cardboard.

Related: Simple DIY Halloween Costumes For Adults & Kids

Uses for Cardboard Boxes

9. Floor Protectors

Use an extra piece of cardboard to create custom floor protector pads for your furniture. Just place your chair right on top of the cardboard, trace the legs, then cut out the circles using a craft knife. Glue or tape the pieces to the legs of the chair, and the cardboard will create a gentle barrier between your chair and your wood floor. This simple step will keep your floor from getting scratched up by the movement of the chair.

Uses for Cardboard Boxes

10. Donate

If you still have more cardboard than you can reasonably use, you can always give your boxes away. Donate them to a neighbor who is moving out, give them to your kids to use for art projects, or contact local charities in your area to see if could use any boxes. And if you can’t find anyone who needs or wants your boxes, recycle them (at the very least!)

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  • I use the thinner ones to make labels for home-made toiletries and for adding to home-wrapped gifts. I use a hole punch at the top and thread through some rustic string.

  • I use cardboard pieces for sewing templates. When making a baby crib sheet, for instance, 4 squares are cut out of the corners. I create a template of the exact size needed, write on it with a magic marker the dimensions and what it’s used for, and the measuring is so quick and easy. I have thin cardboard templates to have a sturdy pattern of a pocket I like to add, of any project that takes a circle or square that I doesn’t have a pattern and that I want to make again. All templates are labeled, and they are SO appreciated when I want to make the item that they represent!

  • I find it funny that just when I am thinking of a project or a use for something, there it is usually that very same day! Keep up the great work!

  • I use them as drawer dividers. I cover them with wrapping paper. I bend them to fit the drawer. It’s ok if one side is longer–it’s bent and can corral the clothes a bit. They can be moved and reused. I’ve had the same ones since my tweens were babies.

  • I have collected a bunch and plan to turn them into jumbo building blocks for my grandchildren. I got the idea from your post about covering boxes with fabrics for pretty storage boxes. I have tried one and my grandson loves throwing it around. I taped the open side closed. Used the homemade mod podge on the box and then on the outside of the fabric for stability. One down and about thirty to go.

  • We have also used them under our gravel paths for weed control. Better and cheaper than landscape material.
    BTW we have a selection of 5 boxes for our picky three picky cats to choose from and change them up frequently.

  • I use a piece of cardboard to help me fold my shirts the same size for better stacking. Lay out shirt front side down. Place a piece of cardboard cutout to the width of the spot in your drawer that you want your shirts to occupy. I like 3 shirt piles in my drawer, so I divided the inside width of the drawer by three and made the width of the cardboard a little smaller. The length doesn’t really matter. I fold the shirt around the cardboard, folding the sleeves carefully. Then I remove the cardboard and fold the shirt to the length I want depending on drawer depth.

  • I reuse boxes for mailing by turning them inside out. Just tape or reglue.
    The best shipping box I ever got was from the Disney Store. It had Disney characters on the inside.

  • For boxes large enough, they make great coloring & sticker place for young kids. This is a great ‘distractor’ when you work from home and need to be on the phone for a bit, or even as a ‘special’ treat for mom to have time to drink her morning coffee. Being inside the box with the flaps up gives LOTS of coloring/sticker space for the kid and things stay contained. I save boxes my 2 year old grandchild can use for this, she’s been doing this activity since she was about 18 months old. Always do this with you nearby though, as it is not foolproof for kids putting crayons in their mouths!

    • Thanks, that brings back great memories. My munchkin built a “spaceship”. Destination; Mars. I couldn’t believe the sophistication of controls, tabs, etc and reasoning required to assemble such a project. Homeschooling was a great way to unleash an awesome imagination.

  • I made a whole fort for my son when he was little. Loved it. He played for hours and hours. It was fun painting it too. I use a lot for storage.. cover them in fabric and rope. Great for making wreaths, letters etc.

  • It’s amazing what people have not thought of for cardboard boxes. Covered with fabric it can be just about anything. In drawers for organization. A jewelry box. A purse! It’s easy to make a lid that flaps over. Wall art with some paper mache to copy may high end decorations. Jewelry when covered with another material; a shiny fabric. I use Manila folders inside the lining of purses that won’t stand up, so easy. Fabric covered cardboard for bulletin boards.
    I made a headboard out of cardboard and foam. Think cardboard before you go by wood for projects. It’s a wonderful free material!

  • I covered my shoe storage boxes with pretty contact paper and now the out of season shoes have a more attractive place to rest between warm and cold weather. Looks nice so the boxes can be in plsin signt.

  • Whenever we come across good boxes that are this size we save them. With our large family they are great for shipping stuff for birthday packages, or if my mom finds good deals on clothes at garage sales – for clothes for my niece.

  • I’m a professional organizer, so I save a few of my boxes for use with my clients. The large ones are great for donation, but the smaller ones come in handy when we are organizing and just need a receptacle to hold a small collection of objects in a drawer, pantry, cabinet, or closet. I always tell my clients to use whatever they have on hand first to see if their new organizing system works before Spending money to buy baskets or bins that match their decor.

  • There’s also Amazon’s Give Back Box program. Fill your old Amazon box with gently used items you no longer need, print a shipping label and leave it at your front door. Shopping costs are paid, you clear out some unwanted items and someone else benefits. Win win win! I used this for the first time after last Christmas — so easy!

  • I turn my larger Amazon boxes into play houses for my cats. I just cut a few doors and windows and let them go to it. The box usually lasts a week or so – depends upon weight and activity of cats involved. I do not bother to decorate and cats don’t seem to mind.

    I do enjoy your blog


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