I like to call myself thrifty, frugal, and economical. My sisters, on the other hand, like to call me cheap! Whichever one you are, I'm pretty sure you can benefit by turning your unwanted trash into gifts like I do!

Many of us purchase baby products for close to pennies (if not for free). Couponing has allowed me to stock up on items such as baby shampoo, diaper rash cream, hand sanitizer, binkies, baby powder and so much more.

The only problem is: How do you make your gift look like you spent a lot of time and effort on it rather than throwing a few oddball freebies together? One day I was taking out my recycle bin and thought: “I could use this empty lemonade box for something…but what??” Then I came up with an idea!

I decided to play around with some scrapbook paper and see what I could come up with using an old beverage caddy.

Here is how to use old beverage containers to make gift boxes:

  1. Place the box on a scrap piece of paper and trace it, leaving a ½" overhang in order to tuck over the edges of the box and have a clean look. Note: Start with the sides of the box.
  2. Cut out the scrap paper. Place it over the cardboard, bending the excess paper on the corners over the edges of the box.
  3. Glue both sides onto the box (I used a glue gun for this step).
  4. Trace the front/back and top of the box and repeat the first steps (I left a ½ in" overhang on the top and bottom and covered up the handle). Glue on a bow or ribbon and call it good!

This project took me about 30 minutes. It was so easy, and I had a blast doing it!

This is a guest post by Vaylene from Pleasant Grove, UT
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