How many Amazon Prime boxes do you currently have in your house? I counted five in our master bedroom (where the presents were hidden until Christmas Day) and at least two in the garage. We didn’t even buy tons of Christmas gifts, but we had relatives send gifts through Prime, too. Plus, Amazon Prime is notorious for sending big boxes with one little item in it. So what’s a mama to do with all of those Amazon Prime boxes that have invaded our space? Repurpose them!
Declutter with Give Back Boxes
Give Back Box- There’s a new program between Amazon Prime and Goodwill that allows you to fill up an AP box with items you don’t need anymore, and ship it to Goodwill. Just print a free shipping label, put it on the box, and send it out in the mail. I was able to get a tax receipt when I printed my shipping label, but valuing my items was a little stressful because once my box is received, the people at the store will sign off on my valuation.
Fill up a box and drop it off at Goodwill- My Give Back Box went to a store over an hour away, so if you want to help your local community, dropping a box off yourself might be a better option. My goal for the year is to fill up a box with donations every time I get an Amazon Prime order. This will help me keep up a uncluttered home atmosphere for my little ones! (I wrote about how clutter affects a child’s brain here.)
There are some amazing cardboard box crafts and toys on Pinterest!
Marble Run– This craft from The Pinterest Parent would be a creative craft to work on with your little ones!
School Bus– We made a school bus out of a long, narrow box a few months ago. Miss H still plays with it often!
Cardboard Kitchen- If you have a lot of big Amazon Prime boxes, this kitchen from Brightside is adorable!
We’ve made our fair share of box forts! I am trying to track down a good picture, but here’s some inspiration.
Sensory Box- Sugar Ants has a really cute sensory fort, complete with twinkling lights.
Tunnel Fort- This tunnel fort from Smile and Wave has a doggy door!
Bird Nesting Box- This is something I did with my students when we studied birds. We collected bird seed, torn strips of paper, and other materials that would attract birds and that they could use to build a nest. We left the box by a tree, and checked on it every couple of days. A bird never built its nest in the box, but we noticed the materials disappearing, and even spotted a piece of newspaper in a robin’s nest. This activity has to be done in the spring (depending on your area!) so you’d have to hold onto those boxes for awhile!
Nature Sun Catcher- I love this idea from The Artful Parent! She cut out the sides of a cardboard box, pressed some pretty flowers onto contact paper, and then lined the cutout sides with the paper, making a stained glass effect.
Smartphone Projector– Encourage your child (probably your older child- this might not work out well with my 3 year-old!) to invent and create by making this simple smartphone projector from the Stem Labratory.
Car Conveyor Belt- This project from Hello Wonderful looks simple enough, but I’m sure my little ones would love to play with it!
Do you have any fun uses for these boxes?