How to Repurpose Lunch Boxes

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Children often bring their lunch boxes to school filled with their favorite snacks and drinks but year after year, it seems that they are always asking for new lunch boxes with you ending up with several unused boxes to store away. You’re probably thinking of disposing them even though they are still in good condition but before you do, you might want to think about how you can reuse them instead.

The good news is that with a little bit of creativity, you can transform old and unused lunch boxes into useful items once more. Here are some ideas on what you can do with lunch boxes that your kids no longer use.

  1. Storage boxes. The best possible use for old lunch boxes is to use them as storage for trinkets, kid’s toys, and even your personal items that are simply taking up space on your dresser. And because lunch boxes have covers, you can lock them and store under the bed for a more organized storage system.
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  1. Doll house. A little creativity goes a long way especially if you have a kid at home. Another great idea that you can transform old lunch boxes into is as a doll house. Add panels for bedrooms, living room, kitchen, and dining, add decorations and you’re daughter can bring her own personalized doll house with her wherever she goes.
  1. Mini chess game. Here is another idea that you can use with old lunch boxes. If you want to teach your child how to play the game, you can paint the cover of the box into a chess board. The chess pieces can then be placed inside the lunch box for safekeeping.
  1. Mini garden. For really old lunch boxes, why not create a miniature garden with them? Fill up the inside of the lunch box with soil, choose plants that can be cultured into your garden and place them in strategic locations inside and outside the home.
  1. Storage for accessories. For sure you’ll have plenty of bracelets, rings, earrings, and the like but if they’re already overtaking your dresser, it is about time that you keep them organized. An old lunch box with added partitions will do the trick and it can even add character to your bedroom space as well.
  1. Art box. If your kids love to paint or color or any kind of art, why not transform their lunch boxes into art boxes? If the outer portion of their lunch box is already peeling, scrape away the stickers and apply fresh paint. Once dried, you can draw funny faces on it or even their favorite characters. Put all of their art materials inside such as crayons, paint, paper, brushes, and pencils so they will have their things organized for their next art project.
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  1. Crochet kit. This is another idea that you can do with an old lunch box particularly if you are fond of weaving. You can dress up an old lunch box and put all your crochet materials inside. Use the undercover to hold scissors, crochet hooks, and other tools that you’re using so you can keep all your materials in one place.

These are just a few ideas on how you can repurpose old lunch boxes so that they won’t just take up space in your cabinets or storage area. Just like with any other old items in your house, with a little bit of creativity, you will be able to transform them into useful items ideal for both indoors and outdoors.

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