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17 Super Cool Ways to Reuse Shoe Boxes ...

By Meream

Ways to Reuse Shoe Boxes are fantastic recycling craft projects. You might think that these ways to repurpose shoe boxes only comprise of organizing ideas but these things are more versatile than you think. Take a look at these fun DIY shoe box crafts:

Table of contents:

  1. Craft room oganizer
  2. Maze
  3. Magazine frame
  4. Map-covered storage
  5. Wall shelves
  6. Easter baskets
  7. Mini city
  8. Guitar
  9. Dollhouse
  10. Loom
  11. Wall art
  12. Jewelry organizer
  13. Accent box
  14. Pen and pencil caddy
  15. Picnic basket
  16. Cord keeper
  17. Sticker organizer

1 Craft Room Oganizer

If your craft room is always messy, you might want to turn that old shoe box into nifty ribbon storage. I sure could use one for my studio; I store my ribbons in old coffee containers.


2 Maze

How fun is this? There are many ways to reuse shoe boxes that your kids will enjoy. This is one of them. To make this, you design a maze using straws to the underside of a shoe box lid. Make sure that you glue START and FINISH tabs before playing, of course.


3 Magazine Frame

This particular shoe box DIY will require you to use only the lid as well. Other materials needed are old magazines and glue.


4 Map-Covered Storage

Unused maps + unused shoe boxes = fantastic recycling crafts. After you cover the shoe boxes with maps, you can use them to store your craft room thingamajigs or even for organizing your dresser or office desk.


5 Wall Shelves

Yes, you can totally recycle shoe boxes to make shelves or shadow boxes. Of course, you can only use them to display lightweight items. I suggest using these "new" shelves to display Polaroids or sweet notes from your husband, boyfriend, or children.


6 Easter Baskets

Here is a basket idea that you can bring to life next year for your kids. Using shoe boxes, crepe paper (don't you just love them?), wire, glue, ribbon, scissors, and a puncher, you can make wonderfully jolly Easter baskets that can accommodate a good amount of eggs.


7 Mini City

If your kids love to pretend that they are giants, you can use shoe boxes to create a mini city. The great thing about this shoe box repurposing idea is that you can use said boxes to store your kids' toys. Clever.


8 Guitar

And if your kids are not into playing giants, you can make a nifty guitar for him or her! They might prefer the guitar-related video games but who knows, they might actually enjoy playing with your shoe box guitar, too.


9 Dollhouse

I am so going to use this shoe box DIY for making a future dollhouse. With just the right amount of finishing touches, I bet no one will know that the foundation of your dollhouse used to house shoes.


10 Loom

Yes, you can weave using an old shoe box. In fact, you will use only the lid for this crafty process. Check out the link for the complete instructions.


11 Wall Art

One way to reuse shoe boxes is to make art. This craft project is pretty easy. One method is to cover the lids with pretty fabric or craft paper. Another is to resize the boxes to dimensions of your liking and then cover them with pretty fabric or craft paper.


12 Jewelry Organizer

One of the lids that you cover with pretty fabric from the previous tutorial can also be used to organize your necklaces and bracelets. Brilliant, right?


13 Accent Box

Shoeboxes are perfect for storage but they are almost never complementary to the design of our rooms. However the beauty of recycling shoeboxes is that you can change their appearance and tweak them to your taste. In this DIY, you can actually use an old sweater and really amplify the appearance of the shoebox so you can proudly display it as an accent box.

14 Pen and Pencil Caddy

From my experience I can never find a pencil cup big enough to hold all of my writing utensils, no matter how many times I have to reduce my collection. However there is an easy fix for that, using a simple shoe box and toilet paper tubes! This easy combination can actually yield a glamorous pencil caddy.

15 Picnic Basket

Although fall is not quite the right time for a picnic, some of us are lucky enough to live in warm weather year round so picnics are always on the list of things to do. Whenever it comes to picnics with friends or family, we always tend to shove our lunches into plastic or brown bags. However we can really get creative and make picnic baskets out of shoeboxes for a more 'picnic' feel!

16 Cord Keeper

One of my biggest pet-peeves are cords that sticks out from everywhere! They are not a pretty sight to see and they are difficult to get rid of no matter how many times you try to organize them. However you can actually make a beautiful cord keeper out of a shoe box in just a few easy steps.

17 Sticker Organizer

This organizational tip doesn't just have to pertain to stickers, you can store any papers or notes of your own choosing and keep them in one place. You can turn a plain shoe box into a gorgeous storage box that you will be able to reuse down the road!

Hope you enjoyed this list of ways to reuse shoe boxes! Leave us a comment if you have more DIY shoe box ideas.

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