Upcycling Birchboxes

>> 7.20.2012

I'm sure I'm not the only one who has a stack of empty subscription sample boxes sitting around.

I thought that they would make great gift boxes, but didn't want to have the situation that I went through soooo many times as a child where the box didn't match the actual present (it's not okay when you think you're getting a tv, but get a pair of socks instead!). Nate gave me the idea to use oilcloth when he compared my table project to a Christmas present.

Perfect! It would be thick enough to cover the logo and sturdy enough to reuse.

I had to sacrifice one box to make a template for the wrapping. If you look closely, you can see where the box has a lip. Just peel of the lip and cut around the oilcloth making the same shape that wrapped the original box.

I used some double-sided glue dots to hold the sides in place:

Before wrapping the top, I made sure to include the corner cover. This keeps the box from showing through on the edges:

I used my Super Tacky Tape to hold the most important edges down. This cloth isn't going anywhere!

You have to be careful to keep the fabric on the corners thin because the lid is already a tight fit. With the cost of the fabric being around $.50, I wasn't too worried about playing around and making mistakes until my template lined up perfectly.

In the end, I'm happy that I was able to use the oilcloth again and I think it will eventually make a great gift box!

Depending on the cloth, it could also sit on a shelf as a nice decorative storage box:

How have you reused your Birchbox? 

PS I'm happy to say that we do have AC again after two nights of 85 degree temps! To make the story short- get your AC serviced ;).


Kim @ NewlyWoodwards July 20, 2012 at 9:09 AM  

The box looks great. Definitely nice enough to leave out as a decorative box.

Sheila July 23, 2012 at 6:48 AM  

great idea of using these boxes as a gift box

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