Yesterday, I made upcycled gift bags out of food boxes that were headed to the recycle bin.
My little girls thought they were a great idea, and wanted one right away. I told them they would have to wait for their birthdays or Christmas!
My five-year-old asked a very good question: "Are you going to leave them like that, or decorate the sides?" That gave me the idea that the boxes could be embellished with decorative paper, paints, and other collage elements. I suspect that if I did that, though, it would just look like a food box that I glued a bunch of paper to! I think some of the charm is in the original packaging.