Having a baby in the house means lots of baby wipes and a whole lot of empty boxes. Instead of tossing them, turn your trash into treasure with this upcycle idea. From clever storage to sensory toys, you’ll find lots of ingenious ways to repurpose those baby wipes containers.
Piggy Bank & Money Counting Activity
This piggy bank requires minimal crafting supplies and can be used in multiple ways. Older kids can store their money in it, and younger kids can work on counting and fine motor skills. Use plastic coins or plastic bottle caps as money and show your little one how to place each coin in the opening. Get more details on how to create this clever piggy at Sunny Day Family.
Crafty folks will love to keep knitting products neat and tidy in these containers. Whether you decide to go glam by repainting and decorating it, or just use as is, when you thread the raw end through the top hole, your yarn slides out with no snags. See the easy way to pull this off at DIY Inspired.
First Aid Kit
Create a first aid kit for the car or to bring on vacation! It's the perfect size to hold adhesive bandages, antiseptics, pain reducers, and more.
Nail Polish Storage
Keep those nail polish bottles organized and upright by storing in a baby wipe box. The hard-shelled container makes it easy to tote your beauty products and will prevent a mess should one of the bottles break or open.
Make a Sensory Game
Save up plastic 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.
Whether you're organizing daily meds or just want to get that medicine cabinet cleaned up, a wipes container gets the job done. Kelli's Kitchen beautified her container by priming and painting, and then adding ribbon for extra pizazz. The result? A cute box that keeps your medication neat and out of kids' sight. Check out Kelli's Kitchen for more creative ways to use wipes containers.
If you have plastic bags cluttering up your cupboards, try this tip from the Thriftiness Mess. Pop those bags in a wipes container with one coming out the top like in a tissue box. It'll be easy to grab one when you need it for wet clothes, spare snacks or stinky diapers.
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. We love this for long car rides. Blogger kv.barn shows you how to make it.
Build Baby’s First Laptop
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.
Two things that excite babies: 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.
Organize Art Supplies
As your baby grows, so does the amount of stuff you have lying around the playroom. To keep those art supplies organized, create these cute craft boxes. They're the perfect size for storing pencils, crayons and markers. Find the tutorial from Sweet Shoppe Designs, (scroll down a bit).
Introduce Math Skills
This fun way to teach numbers is great for older siblings. Turn the tops of wipes boxes into game show-esque revealing windows and you have yourself a way to introduce the concept of counting. For smaller tots, pictures of animals or items of different textures would also work well. Mrs. Karen’s Preschool Ideas shows you how.
—Karly Wood, Samantha Lande & Christal Yuen