Wednesday, June 10, 2009

don't trash it!

I am always picking up vintage games, but usually only interested in the pieces inside. The result are stacks of empty game boxes (many that are falling apart due to age) sitting around that I have no idea what to do with, but don't have the heart to throw away. You see, I don't like to throw away anything that has potential and these definitely have potential. I still have a few tucked away for the next big idea, but here's what I did with some of the others.

Step #1: Gather your boxes (even better if they're falling apart already) and scissors.


Step #2: Pick out initials of friends of family (or yourself) and cut them out.




Step #3: Use an office clip or clothing pin to attach your initials to a special gift. This one was for my mom's birthday (first name Nina). Feel free to write a little message on the back of the initial. Another secret: The "wrapping paper" I used was actually the crinkled up paper you find inside a newly purchased purse. I love the almost kraft color with the red baker's twine. Plus it's free and one less thing to make it to your trashcan.


That's it! Easy as 1-2-3. Want a peak inside my mom's birthday gift? I already gave her the gift so it's safe!


Two little antique (early 1900's!) ledger books. I loved them.

8 comments:

  1. I love this idea! Great recycling idea. I have a couple of empty game boxes that I saved as well, plus a few cereal and cracker boxes. Good luck with blogging! It's fun, I enjoy it although sometimes I feel I am blogging to myself...LOL

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  2. How cool! And those ledger books are FAB. I love that kind of stuff!

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  3. Great idea! Sweet gift for momma!

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  4. That's really cute! Way to reuse!
    -Bees

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  5. How cool! I hold on to things too and you never know what cool things you can do with them :)

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  6. Fantastic recycling idea! I'm an eco freak & even write a blog about all things environment, will keep an eye on your blog for new ideas. Thanks & welcome to blogging fellow Etsian!

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  7. I love this! Thanks for the inspiration! I'll be following your blog :)

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  8. Great ideas. I like old ledger books - it's funny that they are now cool after decades of being recyled away - - my parents had lots of this kind of stuff, it's all gone now, and now people appreciate the writing and paper.... Funny how life works.

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