If you need to get organized, here’s an easy recycling DIY project using cardboard boxes that our creative contributor Wanessa from Wanessa Carolina Creations put together.

With this tutorial, you can take any box, make it beautiful, then add these free editable labels so you know exactly what’s inside.

Wanessa used a small diaper’s box and a Rice Crispie treats box to demonstrate.  Here’s what she did…

Material needed:

  1. Boxes
  2. Gift wrap (I like to use those with a grid on the back, each square measures 1″ so it’s easier to measure and to cut)
  3. Spray adhesive
  4. Exacto knife
  5. Glue
  6. Ink pad
  7. Scissors
  8. Trash bag

Here are the boxes she used.

Instructions (Rice Krispies Treats box)

Instructions (Diaper box)

  • Start cutting off the lids with your exacto knife, save the bigger sides
  • Measure the paper you will need to cover the large sides and the bottom of the box, add 2″ on each side. Do the same thing with the box top then cut off the paper
  • Do the same for the small sides and bottom of the box
  • Choose the side you will start working first (large or small side), spray adhesive on the respective paper. Place one side of the box onto the adhesived paper and leave 2″ on each side and top, lay the bottom and then the last side
  • Fold over and stick the 2″ of extra paper onto the box
  • Repeat the same steps to cover the other sides

  • With the box all covered, stick the left over paper on the top covering the edges, then using a exacto knife cut off the paper left on the sides.
  • To give a better finish inside, cut 4 stripes of paper, measuring 2″ width and stick inside of the box on each side
  • With the lids you saved, start making a bottom to place inside of the box
  • Place both together on the paper and cut the size you will need (2 x);
  • Spray the adhesive on the paper, stick both lids together, do the same to cover the other side of the lids, for last trim the edges with a exacto knife and place inside of the box;
  • Now that you have your box nicely covered it’s time to label.

Instructions for the Editable Labels

  • Download the labels here
  • Open the file using Adobe Reader, if you don’t have you can download it here it’s free
  • Just click on the label and type in any text you’d like
  • Print and cut out
  • I’m providing 5 pages in different colors and 1 page with multiple colors, for a total of 6 pages. Just choose the color / page you want, type in your text, then when you hit print, choose to print just the page you have used

Thank you, Wanessa, for this great way to reuse all those boxes you get in the mail and don’t know what to do with. Now you can make your life a little more organized and pretty.

To learn more about Wanessa and see more of her designs, please visit her blog, Facebook pageand Etsy shop.