Fun Ideas for Leftover Moving Boxes

Don’t Let those boxes go to waste

So, your move is finally complete — congratulations! Moving can seem like an insurmountable feat. There are so many intricacies that go into orchestrating a move, from cataloging all of your belongings to inspecting everything for damage and finally unpacking everything to ensure it has the right place in your new home. It can certainly be overwhelming.

But by now, you’ve probably got a ton of leftover moving boxes without knowing what to do with them. On average, most families will use somewhere around 60 boxes in a single move! What can you do with so many leftover boxes?

We’ve got a few ideas!

Sure, you could keep them, just in case you ever need them again. You could always try to sell them and make a few bucks, or you could even give them away.

What if you could make good use of them? Here are some fun ideas for your boxes:

DIY picture frames

This can be a fun project with the kids. You can find how-to videos explaining how to create these frames, but the kids will love the arts and crafts: paint, jewels, or other art supplies can make for a few quiet hours for Mom and Dad!


Depending on the size of your box and the size of your plant, you can decorate an empty box, line it with plastic, and poke holes in the bottom for drainage to a fun planter.

Napkin rings

With the right paint and decorations (and a good pair of scissors), you can cut strips of cardboard from a box, roll them into rings, and — tada! You have homemade napkin rings to dress up your table. Let the kids decorate them, or decorate them yourself for a fun afternoon project on a rainy day.

Save for future gifts

With the holidays just around the corner, you know Santa will need boxes to wrap up all those gifts for the kids! Save a few in varying sizes in case you also need to mail gifts to faraway friends and family.

Build a cardboard fort

This is another one that’s great for keeping kids busy and entertained. Use leftover boxes to make a fort from cardboard. Add fun, interactive parts such as doors and windows, and maybe make a moat out of blankets, and the kids will have a blast!

Create a cat condo

We get it. People love their animals. Why not give your cat a little something in return by building a cat condo? You could add different levels and various types of enclosures. They’ll love the different spaces to hide or sleep in. You could even create a scratching pad by hot gluing rope around a box.

Sell on BoxCycle

More so for the practical, money-conscious homeowners, BoxCycle is a website that connects sellers with eager box buyers hoping to cut down on pack expenses. Just input your information and list your boxes for sale, but bear in mind that you will be charged a small commission.

Sell on Craigslist

Selling your leftover boxes on Craigslist is a great way to make a few bucks. Craigslist is a popular website for listing and buying, and most people will list their boxes in the General or Garage & Moving Sales sections. However, people like to “lowball” you on price, so you may not make too much on it.

General arts and crafts

Build toy houses or other small crafts with the kids. Between painting and stickers, you’ll get at least an hour of quiet time.

Use as insulation

Cardboard can actually make for a great option as DIY insulation. Of course, it’s not a replacement for foam insulation in your home, but it can still be useful. Use it in an unfinished attic or storage space in your home to promote a little more energy efficiency! (Who doesn’t love energy efficiency?)

You can do plenty of things with leftover boxes — we just couldn’t list them all, or our list would go on forever! There are lots of other ideas on the internet that you can find, and all it takes is just a few minutes of searching.

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