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How to Make an Organizer Out of Old Birchboxes

Here at Birchbox, we are big fans of recycling. Not only do we separate cans from bottles and paper from plastic, we also save old Birchboxes and repurpose them as drawers! Follow the step-by-step instructions below (with pictures) to create your very own organizer, great for storing jewelry, headphones, and of course, all your fave samples. 

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Upcycle Your Birchbox: Guest Blogger

From the moment we came across Liz Marie’s blog, we knew she was a DIY genius. From organization inspiration to turning old objects into new treasures, Liz Marie has a knack for making anything and everything beautiful. This week, the super-crafty North Carolina resident is guest blogging for us and revealing some tricks of her trade.

I’m hooked on Birchbox: It’s like your birthday once a month when you get your new samples in the mail. But what do you do with your box once it’s empty? Instead of throwing it into the recycling bin, here are some ways you can reuse it.

Gift Boxes: What’s better than a handmade gift? How about handmade gift boxes! Using twine, doilies, and some felt, I made my old Birchboxes into the prettiest little gift boxes ever, and it makes the you gift you are giving mean so much more. Wondering what gifts you could put in these boxes? They are the perfect size for scarves, picture frames, and jewelry.

Drawer Organizers: Another use for those lovely boxes is as drawer organizers. There is an endless number of items that you can organize with these boxes, such as makeup, craft supplies, and your jewelry. Organizing your drawers can make your life easier and since you get a new box each month, you can make it a goal to organize something new with every Birchbox delivery. (And you thought the goodies inside the box were the best part.)

Recipe Holder: My last idea for how you can upcycle your Birchbox is to use it as a recipe holder. You can label the box and keep it in your kitchen. But don’t stop there: you can also take this idea and instead use a box to store photos, postcards, or other memories.

Check out some other fun ways to reuse your Birchboxes here!

Upcycle Your Birchboxes: Chocolate!

If there’s one thing Birchbox editors love more than beauty, it’s food. Specifically chocolate. When we requested that our members send us images of their recycled Birchboxes, we had no idea we were in for a culinary treat. If you saw our post yesterday you already know we have some very crafty members, but Kathy, aka @katopio, really blew us away with her truffles - safely stored in her birchboxes, of course. 

Read on for Kathy’s Truffle Recipe!

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Upcycle Your Birchboxes: We Want To See!

Everywhere we look this April, we’re bombarded with messages about the importance of being more environmentally friendly. We think it’s just as important to make sustainable choices that we can stick with all year round. We’re not ready to completely overhaul our makeup drawer (although more power to you if you’re able to!), but we are integrating our favorite organic products into our routine and making smarter choices while we shop.

You probably noticed that all the samples in your April Birchbox were Earth-friendly, but what you might not know is that all our boxes and the materials inside them (tissue, cards) are recyclable as well. Instead of tossing out your box every month, why not repurpose or “upcycle” (a term we’re borrowing from one of our subscribers, Anna of My Thread of Thought) them into something fun or useful?

We’ve seen a few ideas but we know there are more out there. Whether you’re using them to create custom gift boxes for your friends, store your makeup brushes, or create something totally awesome that we haven’t even thought of yet, we want to know! Send a picture of the ways you’re reusing your birchboxes to editors@birchbox.com with the subject line “Recycle.” We’ll feature our favorites here on the blog. Happy Earth Month!

-Lorelei

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