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18 Ways to Reuse Shoe Boxes For Your Home

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Kate MurphyGuest Blogger
August 20, 2016 · 2.8k Views

If you enjoy crafts and are looking for the next DIY project to do on a rainy Saturday afternoon, look no further than that stack of unused shoeboxes in your closet. You may remember using one to make a diorama with dinosaurs as a kid. The potential uses for these perfectly shaped boxes extend far beyond a grade school project though. In fact, they can be used to make stylish items to decorate and organize your home. Here are 10 creative things you can do with your old shoeboxes.

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Home Décor and Organization

  • Turn the lids into wall art

    Channel your inner artist and use the lids as a canvas. All you have to do is flip the lid upside down and apply a healthy layer of Mod Podge. Now you have a blank canvas to make art! Need some suggestions? Using painter's tape, make a geometric design and paint the areas in an eye catching color scheme. Pull off the tape and voila! You just created a modern work of art! Or create collages using craft paper, photos, magazines, letters, or old postcards. You can paint a favorite word or quote by hand or using stencils. For Step-by-step instructions.
  • Make wall shelves

    The bottom of the box can be used to make creative shelf arrangements. You'll first want to paint them with the colors of your choice. The cardboard is not particularly strong so use your judgment when selecting objects for display. For step-by-step instructions.
  • Jewelry organizer
    You'll never have to worry about your necklaces getting tangled with this DIY jewelry organizer. All you have to do is cover the lid with fabric and hang it on the wall. Use thumbtacks as hooks from which to hang necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. For full instructions.
  • Bulletin board
    To make a decorative bulletin board, use the same project instructions to make a jewelry organizer. To make a larger bulletin board, simply add more lids.
  • Desktop organizer

    Source: Bobvila

    An organized desk is the key to productivity. To create a desktop organizer, just place empty toilet paper rolls in the bottom of the shoebox. Use it to store work essentials such as pencils, pens, highlighters, scissors and ruler. For compete instructions.
  • Storage containers
    Storage containers are very easy to make from shoes boxes. Simply paint or cover the box with paper, then affix a label on the outside to denote the storage contents. This is a great way to keep track of bills, invoices, and receipts. For step-by-step instructions.
  • Coupon organizer
    For many, the thought of clipping and managing coupons seems like more trouble than it's worth. But with this DIY coupon organizer, you'll be motivated to keep this money saving habit. Just add dividers and label them by categories that work best for you. 
  • Sticker Organizer
    Serious crafters often have a vast collection of stickers in their arsenal. Or perhaps, your kids love to use them during craft time. Make a DIY sticker organizer to keep stickers organized and safe from damage. The instructions for this project are the same as those for the coupon organizer.
  • Storage container for nail polish

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    By just painting the outside of a shoe box, you can make a chic container to store your growing collection of nail polishes. Dab a dot of nail polish on the top of each bottle so you don't have to guess the color inside. For complete instructions.


Fun Projects for Kids

  • DIY dollhouse

    Forget all the rules of interior design when making this cute and quirky dollhouse. Nothing's off limits here - sequins, glitter, paisley print paper, etc. For complete project instructions.
  • Shoebox cafe
    This fun project is very similar to the DIY dollhouse, but with a café theme. Make cute signs for the café’s name and menu items such as tea, coffee, and pastries. Other projects with similar themes include an ice cream parlor, diner, and pizzeria.
  • Puppet Theater

    Source: Bobvila

    Turn a shoebox into an adorable puppet theater. A larger shoebox works best for this project. Check out this project to make a fun little theater with lights!
  • Diorama
    Remember how much fun you had making shoebox dioramas were you? This is a fun and creative project that allows children to explore and express their interests. Check out this project for ideas.

These project ideas will also be great to share with kids on the weekends. Which project are you most excited to try?


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Kate Murphy is a native of Pennsylvania. After receiving a degree in art history, she moved to New York City to test the waters. She enjoys writing about art, culture, fashion, design, and travel. In addition to writing, Kate works with artists, leads, street art tours, and moonlights as an illustrator.

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