Friday, November 30, 2012

Recycled Gift Containers

What a cute (and thrifty and green) idea. Urban Woodswalker (on Flickr), makes gift boxes out of juice containers.

Juice Box Gift Containers ~ 1 of 2 photos

Juice Box Gift Containers ~ 2 of 2 photos

Here's the text that was with the photos (or click through to Flickr): 

"I save all my mom's 64 fl oz ( 1.89 L) juice containers to make interesting gift boxes out of. Not only can I create a box of many sizes, but they often have a lingering wonderful orange or pineapple smell.
I wash with dish soap and air dry these boxes and save/ use all year long. The colorful graphics of packaging fascinates me and of course I creatively recycle everything that comes my lery, way. These are perfect for jewelry, and smaller gifts. but cut them largers and ever gifts of gloves, figurines, edible treats, etc can be encased inside. The boxes are extremely sturdy, and also suitable for shipping through the mail. Best of all, they can be Reused over and over ...just change the gift tags. No tape is needed to see these containers!
I cut the boxes down...but I have no specific way as I allow the carton graphics to suggest the gift box closure. Some have a tabbed slot closure (the one on the right above) while others need a tiny square of "industrial" adhesive sided Velcro (the 2 on the left), and others I make a nice cutout and tie with a pretty ribbon instead (the box in the middle).
We have many gardeners and a landscape architect in my family, so I decided to cut out leaves with pinking sheers out of 2 recycled cookie boxes. Using a "I use Recycled Packaging " rubber stamp, and a handwritten note in Sharpie marker, I can staple or tape these leaves onto to each box in a pleasing manner . The box on the right has one stamped leaf, and another leaf with the name of the gift recipient on it and a "Happy Birthday " written on it (underneath). If you have not figured it out...the cookie box graphics are the orange and yellow leaves...and the blank side of those are where I stamp and right (the leaves below are turned upside down).
If you train your extended family to be eco-minded they will be very impressed at your clever boxes and never miss more traditional wrapping papers / ribbons for ANY holiday or birthday."


Mary Preston said...

I'm all for doing things like this. Wrapping paper is such a waste.

Laney4 said...

Love the concept. I have a bunch of new dish towels that I use to wrap shower/wedding gifts, complete with long pins to hold the towels together.

Myrna Mackenzie said...

I totally agree (with both of you)! Wrapping paper, while pretty, is expensive, and once it's off the package, it has to be tossed. So wasteful and bad for the planet.

And Elaine, I love the idea that the wrapping becomes part of the gift!