Shoeboxes. You're not quite sure what to do with them. You don't want to simply toss them into the recycling bin or the garbage because you might use them for something, but what? There are only so many art projects and shadow boxes one home needs.
A little imagination and a few supplies can go far to transform empty shoeboxes into something practical. These sturdy cardboard boxes are just the right size for multiple crafts, and upcycling shoeboxes is good for the environment as well as saving money because you can turn them into something truly useful.
1. Jewelry organizer
All you need is a shoebox lid to make a really cute jewelry organizer you put in a bedroom or bathroom. In the case of this DIY tutorial, a small organizer tray is used to house bracelets, rings, and everyday items. For a larger version, use the entire lid to keep necklaces from getting tangled.
Create colorful wall shelves to display knickknacks and make a striking visual statement, thanks to spray paint and decorative paper. It's hard to believe these groovy shelves are made from shoeboxes. Get the full tutorial here.
3. Picnic basket
Whether you're with your kids, your partner or some of your friends, few things are nicer on a hot summer afternoon than a refreshing picnic lunch in the park. You can put your creative stamp on why by recycling an old shoebox. Although this version of the project features checks, you can pick any pattern of fabric you like. Get the full tutorial here.
4. Heart basket (h/t Happy Hour Projects)
Use the tough cardboard from a shoebox to create an adorable heart-shaped box. Perfect for Valentine's Day goodies or everyday storage, this yarn-covered box looks precious on a dresser.
5. Chalkboard (h/t Stow and Tell U)
Perfect for parties, holidays and anytime you want to make a statement, these simple DIY chalkboards are fun to use and easy to make with shoebox lids. Add a few coats of decoupage to make them even sturdier.
6. Picnic basket (h/t Jen Goode's 100 Directions)
Create a cute picnic basket for al fresco meals with a shoebox. It's just the right size to carry flatware and some snacks on the go. Pretty ribbon forms the handle and colorful fabric adds to the basket's charm. No sewing is required.
Making a dollhouse with reused materials is a fun way to entertain kids or connect with your inner child. These stairs made from a shoebox will help you take the fun to the next level. Young ones will love letting their imaginations take them to the second floor and you will enjoy the simple pleasure of putting it all together.
8. Organizers (h/t Sunny Lin)
These cute organizers are practical for many things. Whether you use them for office storage or keeping things in a bedroom out of sight, they're sure to come in handy.