I have mentioned before that we usually use handkerchiefs (I actually cut up soft pieces of flannel for my toddler; it is so much gentler on his little nose than even the softest paper tissue, but I digress). I do, however, keep Kleenex on hand for company so I occasionally have leftover boxes. Before I recycle an item, I like to see if I can repurpose it. Below are a few ways that I have found to reuse tissue boxes:
Cut off the tops and use the tissue boxes to hold colored pencils, markers, and other craft supplies. It is easier for young children to access the items and put them away:
Put an empty tissue box in the laundry room to hold the dryer lint. When the box is full, I put the lint out for the birds to use or add it to my compost pile.
The most creative use for a tissue box that I have seen is in this month’s edition of Family Fun. They used a tissue box to make a Marshmallow Catapult:
Use a tissue box to store plastic grocery bags.
Some of the images on tissue boxes are so pretty that they can be used to make gift tags and book marks. Cut out the image, glue a piece of colored paper to the unfinished side, use a hole punch to punch a hole in the top, and insert a ribbon to attach to gift.
You can use a tissue box and paper towel roll to make this tissue box guitar.
Next time I have two empty tissue boxes, I am going to make this tissue box traffic light with Rew.
And of course, you can always just remove the plastic, break them down, and recycle tissue boxes, but that is not nearly as fun as making a Marshmallow Catapult! Do you reuse your tissue boxes? Do you reuse other containers or boxes instead of tossing or recycling them?
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