There’s a special kind of joy that comes from finding a new use for something ordinary—like using hair scrunchies to wrap a present when you can’t find the tape. Taking stuff you have lying around and reusing them isn’t just a good sustainability habit to get into, it’s fun, economical and pretty damn satisfying.
Reusing your empty supplement bottles
It’s even better when you can find ways to repurpose things you have a lot of—say, empty supplement bottles. These little ones are the perfect size to create mini-planters using anything you can find around the house (or in your kid’s art supply box.)
Mini planter how-to
- Remove the label and wash and dry the bottle.
- Using a heavy darning needle or small nail, poke a few drainage holes in the bottom.
- Decorate! Use glitter nail polish, neutral chalkboard paint, washi tape, velvet ribbons, unicorn stickers, whatever makes you happy.
- Fill with a mix of dirt, sand or potting soil, depending on what you’re going to plant. Then add an easy-to-grow house plant. Find a sunny spot for your new pot and enjoy. (PS, don’t forget to water your plant regularly).
Reusing your Rae box
Have a drawer that needs dividers? Tea bags that need stashing? Bobby pins that need holding? Put your Rae box on the job. If you’re feeling crafty, here are few artful ideas for your box that don’t take a lot of time or money. Bonus points—making art is good for you!
Mini photo frames
- Rae box (es)
- Decorative fabric, paper or paper
- Add-on’s like sequins, letters or stickers
- Unfold and flatten the box.
- Cut a square the size of your frame.
- Mark picture area with a ruler and cut it out.
- Decorate with paper, paint or fabric.
- Make a backboard out of remaining cardboard.
- Place the picture on backboard and use glue or tape to secure the frame on top.
- Add any additional decoration.
- Rae box(es)
- Images (Cut out pictures from magazines, wrapping paper, vintage paper goods)
- Decoupage glue, thinned Elmer’s Glue, or in a pinch, clear nail polish
- Cut your box in half horizontally. You can make it shallow or deep as you like.
- Tear or cut pieces of decoupage paper and glue them onto the box using decoupage glue. Dry completely. Start stashing.
When in doubt, recycle!
If you’re not in the mood or don’t have the time to create art, no pressure. Our products’ job is to do good for you, and you can pay goodness forward by doing good for the planet. All our packaging—boxes, jars, bottles and stoppers-are recyclable, so you can recycle and get on with your life.
What have you made with your Rae packaging? Tell us in the comments or at firstname.lastname@example.org.