Having a baby in the house means lots of baby wipes and a whole lotta empty boxes. Rather than toss those tons of boxes, you can turn your trash into treasure with this upcycle ideas. From simple storage to sensory toys you can build together, you’re bound to find a useful way to repurpose those baby wipes containers.
Piggy Bank & Money Counting Activity
When you're done with buying toys, you can use a baby wipes container to make one instead! This piggy bank requires minimal crafting supplies and results in hours of fun. Simple bottle caps become money, and your little is on their way to becoming a banker. Get the easy details here.
Keep your fave knitting products neat and tidy when you repurpose a baby wipes container. Whether you decide to go glam by repainting or just use as is, when you thread the raw end through the top hole, you're bound to get that scarf done in no time. See the easy way to pull this off here.
First Aid Kit
Whether you're putting together an on-the-go first aid kit for the car or a version for home, a baby wipes container is the way to go. Coming in a perfect size to contain bandaids, antiseptics and pain reducers, the sturdy box will keep your bottles from getting smashed and keep everything within arms reach.
Nail Polish Storage
Declutter and clean up those nail polish bottles by storing in a baby wipe box. The hard-shelled container for toting your beauty products and will prevent a mess should one of the bottles break or open.
Make a Sensory Game
Go from wipe time to play time. Use recycled bottle caps and mark each with a letter of the alphabet. Then, feed the "alphabet monster." You can also sort by color or use different objects and sort by shape. Get the tutorial from I Can Teach My Child by clicking here.
Whether you have regular daily meds or just want to get that medicine cabinet in shape, a baby wipes container gets the job done. Kelli's Kitchen beautified her container by priming and painting, then adding a fun ribbon for extra pizazz. The result? I cute former box of wipes that keeps your medication neat and more importantly, safe.
Wet clothes. Spare snacks. Stinky diapers. Sometimes you just need a few extra plastic bags lying around to deal with the unexpected. Make this cute cache for all of the grocery bags cluttering your cupboards. The Thriftiness Miss shows you how to do it on her blog.
Go Loco for LEGOs
If baby has an older sibling, you know that LEGOs end up in every nook and cranny you could possibly imagine (or not even imagine). Help keep these little blocks contained, and out of the reach of your baby, with this storage box that doubles as a creation station. Blogger kv.barn shows you how to do it here.
Build Baby’s First Laptop
You may attempt digital detox after your baby is born, but it’s just too easy to sneak an email in every now and then. This faux laptop is easy to make and won’t expose your tiny tots to any actual screen time but will still allow them to type away just like mom and dad. Get the scoop on how to build it at She Wears Flowers.
There is nothing that excites babies more than pictures of themselves and opening and closing things. This wipe box-turned-toy accomplishes both. The I Can Teach My Child Blog has turned the box top into a mini house with functional windows and doors that reveal pictures of baby and family members. Find out how to pull if off by clicking here.
Organize Art Supplies
As your baby grows, so does the amount of stuff you have lying around the playroom. To help keep those precious art supplies organized, create these cute wipe-turned-craft boxes — the perfect size for storing pencils, crayons and markers. For the tutorial from Sweet Shoppe Designs, click here (and scroll down a bit).
Introduce Math Skills
You may have to wait until your child is a little older for this one, but it’s a fun way to teach numbers. Turn the tops of wipe boxes (or travel packages) into game show-esque revealers and you have yourself a way to introduce the concept of counting. For smaller tots, pictures of animals, different textured items and family photos would also work well. Mrs. Karen’s Preschool Ideas shows you to the how-to on her blog.
—Karly Wood, Samantha Lande & Christal Yuen