Reuse Those Shoe Boxes





Introduction: Reuse Those Shoe Boxes

They are quite useful as storage boxes. They look better from the inside than the outside. Luckily enough shoe makers generally do not glue the boxes but simply fold them to reduce assembly cost. So unfolding and refolding inside out is easy.

Step 1: Unfold

Now start unfolding... (what else ?)

Step 2: Step 2 !

...You definitely got the point...

Step 3: Step 3 !

Now it's time to fold back the box inside out...

Step 4: This Is Step 4...'re better off if you manage to remember how the box was originally folded...

Step 5: Finito !

Done, now you may want to decorate the finished box. Personally I prefer plain cardboard colour better.



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    22 Discussions

    This is fantastic!

    Thank you for this! I am in the middle of a huge family photo organizing project.
    This will save me time & $$. I was able to convert a shoe box on the very first try. Keep those ideas coming. :-)

    this is really cool. and the plain now outside surface provides plentiful space to label your boxes

    yah, its pretty cool, but i was hoping for something more insteresting then fliping a cardboard shoe box inside out.

    Nice! I thought the table was white and blue wrapping for the box though. Maybe a neutral background would have helped make it a little clearer for the craft challenged group(which I seem to be president of) lol. I agree with you, the plain cardboard look is as Grey-Wolf says, "elegantly simple"

    Perfect activity for our Brownie scouts, combining the Reuse & Recycle project with holiday gifts for the local nursing home. Add a piece of hemp string and voila!, a gift box that can be reused by the recipient. Thanks!

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    I'm particularly satisfied whenever I get a positive feedback on this very simple Instructable. Thank you for this. A.

    Not really a compliment when it's the truth, but you're welcome.

    Really good idea. I join the throng of people saying "Why didint I think of this !" - "D'oh" :-) Having the print surface inside will improve the resistance of the box to the strange things I might put in it :-) All Hail volt :-9

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    nice! after seeing that, I now want to cover the inside with decorative paper so it's pretty too. :)

    Thank you. I also liked the idea and wasn't happy it did not receive much attention... Again, thank you Ciao


    11 years ago

    ok so whats the point??? i have 3 shoe boxes i have used to store stuff but i remember what is in what box by what is on the outside lol

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    OK: you could write Nike or Lotto or Reebok on the exterior of the refolded boxes and ...Hey, wait a minute ... OK, you may want to refold back the boxes to their original and not write anything ! Ciao ! 5V.

    ahem. Sneaker? Also, for searchability's sake you might want to call them "shoe boxes."

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    be nice :P Methinks Italian is his/her native language ;)