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How To: Upcycle Your Birchboxes

Here at Birchbox, we’re big fans of recycling – and we’re not just talking about separating glass from plastic before it goes in the bin. We’re always on the lookout for ways to re-use our monthly Birchboxes so, last month, we took to Facebook to ask you – our amazing customers – what you do with yours. Turns out, Birchboxers are a creative bunch! Here are some our favourite ways you’ve been repurposing your old boxes…

KAYLEIGH’S MEMORY BOX

A great one for DIY newbies, take a leaf out of Kayleigh Buckingham-Pegg’s book and use your box to stash some of your treasured memories. Kayleigh uses her March Birchbox to store her favourite photos but you could put everything from gig tickets to travel mementos inside yours. Think of it as a mini memory box or a time capsule!

AMY’S MAKE-UP BRUSH HOLDER

We were head-over-heels for Amy Cooper’s ingenious take on make-up brush storage! So much so that we had to give it a go ourselves with April’s Cath Kidston box! Simply remove the drawer and turn the box up on its end before filling it with your brushes. If your collection isn’t quite as impressive as Amy’s then we’d recommend filling the bottom with some sand or decorative pebbles (the kind that you’d fill a fish tank with) to help weight it and keep your brushes standing up. Psst.. this also works well for storing your little one’s stash of pens and pencils.

LYNSEY’S KID’S DIY PROJECT

Want to keep little ones entertained at the weekend? Make like Lynsey McCloy and paint your old Birchbox magnolia then let your kids have fun decorating (or decorate it yourself if you’re feeling crafty!). Lynsey gave hers to her troop of Rainbow Guides to use for Mother’s Day gifts for their mums but we think it would be great as more personal way to wrap a birthday present or surprise a friend. Bonus: if you’re feeling generous and have any spare beauty treats then why not add a couple to the box?!

SAFFRON’S JEWELLERY BOX

How amazing is this idea?! Saffron Chandler has made full use of her January Birchbox (including the foam inside the drawer!) to create a trinket drawer for her favourite earrings. Mix-and-match with your favourite bits of jewellery – including necklaces, bracelets, and rings – for a real treasure trove.

We LOVE seeing how you re-use your beautiful Birchboxes. These are just a few of our recent favourites – we’ve seen boxes transformed into everything from a chest of drawers to tissue boxes – so if you’d like to see more ways to upcycle your monthly box then let us know in the comments below. And don’t forget to share your photos with us @BirchboxUK on Instagram and Facebook.