Yeasty Mosaic at Disney's California Adventure

Yeasty Mosaic at Disney's California Adventure
Yeasty Mosaic at Disney's California Adventure

Friday, May 2, 2014

No Gift Bag? No Problem! Upcycle Containers

If you are out of gift bags and desperate to find some way to wrap a gift, look no further than your kitchen counter. All of those plastic boxes which contain tomatoes, fruits, and other yummy goods, can be easily upcycled into cute gift boxes.

These two plastic boxes once held tomatoes and blueberries, two items that are always on my grocery list. This guarantees that I will have some empty containers sitting around waiting to be re-purposed.

With a little brightly-colored paper, some ribbon and a doodad or two, I was able to transform these boxes in a matter of minutes to hold small gifts.

The bigger box features an Eiffel Tower embellishment. This is actually the top of a pad of paper that had a magnet attached to it which I kept on my refrigerator until the paper ran out. The piece was just too pretty to throw away.

The smaller box is decorated with owl paper, always a popular item, and lined at the bottom with a slip of paper I removed from a fancy envelope I received with a birthday card.

Both boxes are filled with shredded paper and the large one with a gift book of bird bookmarks; the smaller one with candy.

There's no end to the ways you can decorate these containers. I already have a large collection of empty containers waiting for that special touch which will give them a new purpose as they are upcycled.


  1. Great project! I always love to see upcycle crafts, maybe you can try decoupaging the whole box too with the pretty paper you have! :)

  2. I always think wrapping paper is such a waste. So I use a tea towel or fold up nylon bag and tie with string or ribbon ( that has come with something I've bought ). Gift tags can be made with nice pictures from herbal tea boxes, using
    ' pinking shears ' to create a nice edge. For children's presents, I wrap in a fleece blanket or towel, and thread a chocolate ( the sort that hang on Christmas trees ) onto the ribbon, then stick a piece of card onto the back of the chocolate with the child's name on. It saves a fortune on wrapping paper ( which only creates more waste ) and means that the ' wrapper ' can be made of something that is useful and be in constant use.

  3. These boxes would also be useful for things like homemade fudge.


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