Don’t Throw That Away! Making Something From Trash

tissue box with bird

Particularly at this time of the year, there's no doubt that you have some boxes of tissue placed about your home. Have you ever looked at the box and thought, 'How pretty'?

They are making those tissue boxes look really nice these days. Last summer, there was a series of boxes with the coolest of mod designs and colours, and around the holidays there were boxes adorned with holly and berries. Every time I emptied one I thought to myself, 'I should make something with this'.

But it was this cute frosty bird pattern that finally caused me to actually act on this thought. Yes, Nick was a bit annoyed when I told him I was saving an empty box, at a time when our home could really use a purge of useless things. So I had to move quickly or lose my supplies to the recycling truck that is making its rounds this morning.

Not much more chat is required for this simple do-it-yourself project, so I'll just let the pictures do the talking.


card and bookmark made from

bookmark and card made from

card made from tissue box

I think I'll hang onto the card until next year, when it will be less likely that the recipient will recognize the motif and realize I made their card with trash!

How about you? Do you save stuff for future (possible) crafting projects?

Thanks for dropping over.

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17 Responses to Don’t Throw That Away! Making Something From Trash

  1. annika - all the live long day says:

    That’s such a good idea! I sometimes buy my tissue boxes for the design, but I’ve never saved them to re-use. In general, I’m a great hoarder of things, though. At the moment, the worst things I’m holding on too are probably toilet rolls, empty coffee bags and yogurt containers, all destined for some future (far-away future) project.

  2. Vix says:

    That’s a brilliant idea, the design on that box was lovely, it would have been a shame to discard it when you can pas it on! x

  3. Jenny Lee says:

    Do I save trash? Oh my… I am the trash hoarder of our family, often found lusting after good cardboard and saying things like, “are you almost done with that?” or “hey, can I have that meat tray when you’re done?”
    I love what you did with the tissue box. I would have been right there with you, possibly fighting you for that one!

    • Loulou says:

      haha Jenny. Me too about the cardboard! I love the stuff. I just finally let Nick toss some foam vegetable tray things that I was keeping because they were black, which I’ve not seen before. But as he pointed out, they had sat on our counter long enough and I hadn’t acted on them. … She says while looking at the tidy stack of green pressed paper berry boxes sitting safely on the corner of her desk, left over from the summer. Wasn’t I supposed to have used those for Christmas gift wrapping?

  4. louise says:

    That is lovely. I never think to look to household things for card making supplies, but that’s such a nice result. I do hoard bits of junk (for want of a better term) with the intention of making something from them, sometimes I get around to it, other times it ends up in recycling first.

    • Loulou says:

      Thanks! I know what you mean … there is really only so much that you can hang onto. All my storage spots for such things are jammed to the top, so I have to get really picky about what I save now.

  5. Lauren says:

    Oh I just love it! Both the idea and the motif. That’s fantastic! I’ve recently started saving some of our recyclables for a local classroom to use for arts and crafts, although I would also love to create with them too!

  6. look at you! That is great! I can’t help but be a might inspired now.

  7. Nancy says:

    I reuse tissue boxes in my laundry room to stuff the dryer lint into…looks pretty and no one would guess what was in it. When it is full the dryer lint goes out to the woods behind my home for the birds to use for nesting materials and I can still reuse the box, unless of course I spot a prettier one :)

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  9. mariette says:

    I’ll have the beautiful bird card for my next birthday! I promise to forget you made it “with trash” as quoted by you! Thank you in advance! <3

  10. Stephanie says:

    Reusing is so satisfying!

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