My Prince Charming and I are on a quest to kick the soda habit. In the meantime, I've got soda cartons piling up.
I'm also on a quest to switch to reusable gift wrapping tactics, but because I'm antisocial AND a one-gift-per-person kind of gal (I like to think of it as "being conservative"
), my wrapping paper rolls tend to last for years. So I've accumulated a few of those, too.
I'm one of those people who has a little piece of their soul die every time they throw something away, and I'm also too cheap to justify paying $20+ for a junk manufactured plastic container. The result? A 12 pack carton turned gift wrap holder!
First, I cut that convenient end off the carton.http://www.flickr.com/photos/73118702@N08/6591672573/
Then, I used that cardboard & a box cutter to cut the outline of a tag, to be used later.http://www.flickr.com/photos/73118702@N08/6591672969/
I then spray painted the carton with Krylon flat white. I wasn't super thorough because, again, I'm lazy. (Don't look too closely at the end product, because you can still faintly see the "Dr. Pepper" logo
I also sprayed the tag with Krylon's chalkboard spray.
While I was busy doing that, I coerced Prince Charming into cutting a tile from my stash into thirds with a Dremel tool I bought him specifically so I could make him do things like this. Aren't I a smart wife? http://www.flickr.com/photos/73118702@N08/6591673417/
After the cardboard had [mostly] dried (I'm what you'd call a little impatient...) I used a permanent marker to do some quick stenciling. I also cut out some wrapping paper, and made a "ribbon" to cover up the holes where you grab the 12 pack. I then applied adhesive to the chalk tag, and stuck it to the ribbon.
I used the tiles to weigh down the bottom of the box (I just set it in the bottom and then set the wrapping paper on top of it). You could probably use just about anything; I was going to use an old phone book to do this, but it disappeared on me. You really don't need the weight if you're going to use the container for anything else, but the wrapping paper was top heavy & made it fall over.
And then I applied wrapping paper. Voila! Less than 1 hour (not including the time spent doing other things while the paint dried).
The finished product: http://www.flickr.com/photos/73118702@N08/6591673913/
I was feeling lazy. This isn't any great work of art. But it is a great way to upcycle some cardboard, which I thought I'd share.
You could get as creative & fancy as you'd like with this. It'd be a great project for kids, ie letting them decorate the spray painted box. And it's pretty versatile- I've already got a few others holding craft supplies which I intend to decorate later. I made the tag out of chalkboard because, as my home becomes more environmentally friendly, there will be no wrapping paper, and that container will hold some other crafty supply.
Hope I've inspired somebody to keep some stuff out of a landfill!