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Give Added Value to Scrap Boxes : Make Your own Multipurpose Case.

Updated on July 29, 2015

Another action you can make in order to take part in environment protection is make use of wastes to be made into a functional multipurpose case out of scrap boxes. This article gives a description about how to reuse a scrap box into a multi puspose case in a step-by-step, elaborated details. I call it a multipurpose case since you can use it for many uses, like a jewelry, nick nack, or candy case, or you can use it as a container/casing of a present.

Tools and Materials You Need.

1. A scrap box of milk package.

2. Scrap cardboard made out of thicker material.

3. White PVA glue

4. Scissors and cutter

5. Thin or tissue paper

6. Small and medium paint brushes.

7. A pencil

8. Paint of your favorite colors.

Let's get Started

Be ready with a scrap box as the basis of the case. In this project I use a scrap box of powder milk package. Cut the box on the side, up to 3/4 part of the box sides.

Cut it to 3/4 part.
Cut it to 3/4 part.

Make the Basic Form of the Case

The Next step is modify the box to make the basic form of the case. Of course you prefer creating a case in an attractive shape than just in a monotonous square shape. Do some cuttings to your box to make the basic form. You can make it into a letter (i.e. an innitial of the birthday person, if you plan to give the case as a birthday present). Here I make it in a K shape.

Surface covering
Surface covering
sidewalls coverings
sidewalls coverings

Put Some Covers

Now give the case some covers. The covers are given on every side of the case : top, bottom, and side walls. Those covers will make the case more rigid and stronger. To make a cover, just make patern of the surface going to be covered by placing it on a piece of thicker cardboard, draw the patern onto the cardboard using a pencil, then cut it using scissors following the lines of that patern. Give some PVA glue on one side of the cover and put it onto case. You do allĀ  similar ways for the other coverings.

A case with diamond-shaped partitions


Put some partitions inside your case. Partitions can be made of thicker cardboard which is cut as high/wide as side walls. You can make "floor plans" first inside the case if you find difficulty in making partitions.

Paste The Case.

The case needs to be pasted with white thin paper or tissue paper, or both, in order to hide the joins and the comercials on the surface (if any). Pasting, which is applied outside and inside the case, also makes the case ready for putting colors on it later. Youd can use dilluted PVA glue to glue pasting paper.

When it's dried, it looks like this.

Coloring and Decorating.

Now it's time for decorations and ornaments. As a proverb says: "There is no accounting for taste" , you can apply any colors you like to the case, or use other technics such as papier mache, painting, mozaics, or combination of them. Your artistic skills take control. In this project I use gold color

What about an ethnic touch like this ?


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    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Perhaps you could teach scout leaders or art teachers so that they could teach the children. You could start an entire movement that way to recycle more items. You are very creative!

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      agusfanani 8 years ago from Indonesia

      Thank you for your very positive comment Peggy W, I actually work in financial sector, but my interest in utilizing scrap/recyclable things keep me thinking on how to make good use of them.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      With all of this ability with crafting new items out of old and decorating them, are you by chance a girl or boy scout leader? You would make an excellent teacher and more people could learn about handcrafting gifts.

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      Lgali 8 years ago

      good ideas hub Thanks