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How to make DIY chairs of moving boxes

How to make diy chairs out of two men and a truck moving boxes

Did you know that every year, on the 3rd Friday of September, cities all over the world turn their metered parking spaces into actual parks for the day? The worldwide movement is called PARK(ing) Day, and anyone from a participating city can reserve a spot to turn into a little miniature park. You should check out some of the parks from last year’s PARK(ing) Day here!

As you may have guessed, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK will be creating a “parklet” this year on September 15th, and you can find us in The Gulch in front of the e.Allen boutique and Bar Louie. Like most organizations, our park will have an eco-friendly theme… We plan to make our whole park out of cardboard boxes! Our ground cover, planters, and park benches will all be made out of recycled cardboard boxes from the office. And you may be wondering, how in the world can you make a sturdy bench out of a cardboard box?

Here’s what you need to make a cardboard chair that can actually support your weight:

  • 2 Large and 1 Medium TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxes
  • Box cutter or crafting knife
  • Anything you’d like to decorate your chairs–we used colored duct tape

how to make a chair out of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK cardboard boxes

Step 1: Cut your two large boxes down to size.

Each flattened moving box can be taken apart into one flat piece with the seam at one corner. When you lay down the fully disassembled box, you can cut the top and side edges to adjust the size of your final chair. Our chairs are about 1.5 feet tall, with the large boxes each about 5 feet long, but you can modify these measurements to your preference. Be sure to use the boxes’ folding corners to your advantage by keeping each folding corner an equal distance from the two cut sides of the box surface.

how to make a chair out of two men and a truck moving boxes

Step 2: Cut the slits that allow your two boxes to fold into one another.

In total, you’ll be cutting 8 slits that will allow your two side pieces to fit into one another.

The red slits in the photo above show how to make the center cuts. On your first piece of cardboard, find the midpoint of the two end trifolds, and cut from that midpoint out to the top edge. On the second piece, cut from the midpoint of the two end trifolds down to the bottom edge

The final blue cuts need to be made on the end sections of the trifolds as well. The far left trifold sections need a cut from the bottom edge up to the middle of the piece, and the far right trifolds need a cut from the top edge down to the middle. We positioned these blue cuts about 3 inches away from the edge of each cardboard piece.

how to make a chair out of two men and a truck moving boxes

Step 3: Use the box folds to create two triangular side pieces.

You can slide the two blue cuts into one another to secure these triangular pieces. You’ve just made the sides of your chair!

how to make a chair out of two men and a truck cardboard boxes

Step 4: Slide these two triangles into one another to create the outer shell of your chair.

Now you’ll use the red slits to connect the skeleton of your chair’s sides and provide stability for the person sitting on the chair. To add to the comfort level of the “sitter,” we added some extra pieces of cardboard in the center square.

how to make a chair out of two men and a truck cardboard boxes

Step 5: Cut out the top piece of the chair.

You’re almost done! Now it’s time to take your medium box apart, the same way you did with the large boxes. Cut out one of the four folding sections and set it on top of your chair sides to figure out how big you’ll need the top piece to be. Trim it down to size so you have a rectangle with four corners matching the four outer corners of your chair (see the green marks in the photo above).

how to make a chair out of cardboard moving boxes

Step 6: Cut out the top and bottom slits you need for the seat.

Use the orange marks in photo above to note how you’ll make a slit from the top and bottom edges of your seat up to the corner point in skeleton of your chair. These slits will allow you to make triangles to fold into the sides of the chair and secure the top. You’ll need to make your own fold marks along the dotted purple lines to finish up the seat.

chair made out of two men and a truck cardboard moving boxes

You’re done! Now you can decorate the chairs as you’d like, or just leave them the way they are!

We hope you’ll come see our park on PARK(ing) Day, or even create your own parklet! Find all the directions and reserve your parking space online.

Do you need help moving your park supplies to your space, or just help moving into a new home or office space? Give us a call or text at 615-248-6288 or check out our website for a free moving estimate.

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Clothing Capsule: Your entire closet can fit in one wardrobe box

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK marketing assistant Cara in NashvilleA couple weeks ago, our Marketing Assistant Cara starting tell everyone in the office about how she was able to cut down her entire wardrobe to fit in the space of just one of our Wardrobe Boxes. Cara has been working to simplify her life and remove non-necessities, including a huge closet stuffed full of clothes! When she decided to take the leap and make her own “Clothing Capsule,” we asked her to write a blog about her experience. We hope she inspires you!


I recently watched a documentary called The Minimalists, by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. In the film, Josh and Ryan are just average employees working in corporate America, and they decide to really examine their lives and adopt the minimalist lifestyle to find true happiness in their lives. As I pondered more and more about this topic, it drove me to really examine my lifestyle and how I am utilizing my resources. One thing I have an abundance of is clothes. I love shopping for new clothes and wearing new clothes. But this documentary drove me to try the wardrobe capsule project to help me think about how we can really embrace what we have and be content in knowing it’s enough.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK clothing wardrobe capsule wardrobe box

​The wardrobe capsule project is rooted in the movement of minimalism. It’s a project where you pick out 30 pieces of clothing, including shirts, dresses, pants, skirts, or shoes. Your total of 30 clothing articles are worn interchangeably for 30 days, and you really have to use all of your creative juices to utilize what you have. Ultimately, you realize what you have is enough.

The capsule really shifted my mindset on how I usually think about selecting clothes to wear. I typically dread getting dressed in the morning since I never know what to wear. With the limited choices I had, I realized it was easier and faster to make a choice for selecting an outfit. I really enjoyed the different combinations I was able to come up with. Here are some of my top tips for making your own wardrobe capsule:

  • Make a capsule for each season of the year you experience. In Nashville, we mainly have Summer, Fall, and Winter weather. Spring feels very similar to the summer here.
  • Use layers! Cardigans and sweaters can help mix it up.
  • I picked out a lot of neutral pieces, especially the cardigans and outer layers so they would be able to mix and match.
  • I was able to mix and match a colorful top with a neutral cardigan or a colorful cardigan with a patterned top, which created all kind of variations.

The wardrobe capsule is a really interesting project to try out if you’re even slightly curious about the minimalist lifestyle. This project will no doubt make you more conscious about the choices you make in life, and also helps you de-clutter your life. Minimalism can be helpful if you travel a lot for work, have a small apartment, or just want to experience a new mindset about life.

Jumping into this challenge was a particularly hard for me, since I loved new clothes and shopping so much. I learned to really embrace what I have in my closet and think outside the box to be creative with what I do have. I learned life is not about having the new best thing–it’s about how we use what we already have to its full potential. The minimalist lifestyle can give you more time and resources to devote and chase after what you truly enjoy in life.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK clothing wardrobe capsule wardrobe box

Are you ready to adopt minimalism? Give us a call or text at 615-248-6288 for help deciding which charity to donate your belongings to, and to schedule a pick-up for the donation delivery! We would also love to help you with your downsizing move!

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Two Easy DIY Father’s Day Gifts

Easy DIY Fathers Day Gifts out of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxes

We’re just one week out from Father’s Day–one of the most difficult holidays ever when we try to brainstorm gift ideas! How do you find the perfect gift for the dad who has everything, or the dad who is your super hero? After a lot of discussion with our Movers and office staff who are dads, we noticed that all of their favorite past gifts had something in common: all of them were handmade by their kids.

If you’re still looking for some last-minute present inspiration, here are some ideas we came up with! Both of these crafts can be made out of used moving boxes from your last relocation, and they’re super personalized for the amazing father in your life.

Rope Swing Bookmarks

How to make bookmarks out of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxes

To make these high-flying bookmarks, you’ll need:

  • Old moving box
  • Box cutter or crafting knife
  • Camera (we used a mobile phone)
  • Color printer
  • Photo glue (heavier-duty than normal glue sticks)
  • Hole Puncher
  • Woven ribbon

Step One: Have each of your kids pose in front of a solid-colored background with their hands grabbing an imaginary rope over their heads. We used these kiddos’ bedroom doors to provide a solid color, but you can also have them pose laying on the grass outside or in front of a white wall. Take their photos as they keep their legs straight or bent like they’re gliding through the air!

DIY Father's Day bookmarks made out of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxesStep Two: Print out the photos and cut around their body shapes. At this point, we laminated our photos to protect against water stains or long-term wear, but you don’t have to do this!

Step Three: Use your photo glue to set each child’s photo against the cardboard surface of the box. Once the photo has dried to the box, cut around the outlined shape again.

Step Four: Punch a hole right underneath the imaginary rope your child is holding in the air. Then cut your ribbon down to your preferred length and tie a lark’s head knot (also known as a cow hitch knot) through the hole.

Step Five: Give to Dad inside his brand new book!

Dancing Fridge Magnets

DIY Father's Day magnet made from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxes

To make these hilarious man cave mini-fridge magnets, you’ll need:

  • Old moving box
  • Box cutter or crafting knife
  • Camera (we used a mobile phone)
  • Color printer
  • Glue stick
  • Brads
  • Adhesive magnet strips

Step One: Take a photo of each of your children standing in a position where they have space between their arms and sides, and between their legs.

Step Two: Print two copies of each photo. With the first copy, cut around the edge of the head and midsection of the photo. With the second copy, cut around the edges of the arms and legs. Make sure the arms and legs have some overlap of the midsection, or you won’t have any overlap to place a brad!

Step Three: Glue each body part to a section of your used moving box, and cut around each shape.

Step Four: Carefully poke a brad through each overlapping piece to attach your arms and legs to the midsections.  Then fold the brad tips back behind the cardboard.

Step Five: Stick a strip of adhesive magnet to the back of each kiddo, and arrange the arms and legs to your preferred stance! Happy Father’s Day, Dad!

Do you need to purchase some craft supplies (er, I mean, boxes) for your upcoming move? Give us a call at 615-248-6288 to schedule a free delivery of all the moving supplies you need! You can also check out our website to learn about our full-service packing offer!

8 Easy Ways to have a more Eco-Friendly Home

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville tips to make your home eco friendly for Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day coming up this weekend, we wanted to share some easy ways you can make your home more eco-friendly and energy efficient! We love living in a city that’s pretty progressive in green housing. These are eight quick-and-easy tactics we’ve seen locally that you can use to celebrate Earth Day at your home!

1. Reuse your moving boxes.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK's dish pack boxes have adjustable inserts to protect your dishes.Instead of letting your boxes end up in a landfill after your move, you can find some really useful ways to reuse them in your home. One of our favorite boxes, the Dish Barrel, comes with lots of adjustable inserts to keep your dishes separated and safe during your move. These inserts are really handy as drawer organizers!

You can also use the cardboard from boxes to make custom photo frames, play forts for your kids, and much more. One of my personal favorites is using the boxes to make custom organizers, like these magazine files from the Apartment Therapy blog.

2. Tuck a composting pail into your kitchen.

Composting pails are great for smaller living spaces, such as apartments and condos, because they allow you to compost fruit peels, egg shells, and other natural waste without the need of a huge compost pile outside. But they’re also nice for houses because you can avoid visiting your compost pile multiple times per day–instead, you can just empty it periodically when it gets full. (And you know what else is compostable, outside of food waste? Broken up cardboard boxes!)

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK tips to make an eco friendly home3. Take advantage of cotton products.

Cotton is non-toxic and is used without manmade products, so it’s very eco-friendly and safe. It’s also a great material to use in your home because it works as a great insulator. Thick cotton drapes can help your home block heat in the summer and retain heat in the winter, which lowers your energy bills. It’s also a cozy material for bed and bath linens!

4. Change your lightbulbs.

It may seem like a hassle to go through your home and replace every lighbulb in the ceiling, lamps, under-cabinet lighting… But LED bulbs are inexpensive and use way less energy than traditional bulbs. They can last years longer than alternatives, allowing you to hold off longer on buying new ones.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK tips on natural home cleaning5. Replace your chemical cleaning solutions with cheap, natural alternatives.

The next time you need to buy cleaning products, stay away from harmful formulas. Your kitchen is probably already stocked with lots of gentle, effective cleaning supplies, like apple cider vinegar, regular white vinegar, and baking soda.  Check out some of our favorite, inexpensive ways to clean your home.

6. Use natural air fresheners.

Those artificial spray scents may smell good, but they don’t actually clean the air in your home. Instead, spray dispensers emit tiny drops of scented chemicals which cling to the hairs inside your nose, covering your ability to smell the air around you. As an alternative, consider purifying your air with nature’s freshener–plants! We really like Apartment Therapy’s guide to air purifying house plants, which not only keep your air clean, but also add a fresh look and feel to your home.

7. Invest in a shoe rack.

Wearing your shoes throughout your house is inviting the grime of the world to track through your home. This is an especially bad habit when you have carpeting throughout your home, because carpet clings to dirt and chemicals more than smooth, non-porous surfaces. Leaving your shoes by the door will help you spend less time cleaning harmful substances from your floors.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK recommendations about dishes8. Stop microwaving plastic dishes.

Even plastic compounds which are labeled “microwave-safe” still lose form over time and can release their harmful compounds into your food at high temperatures. It’s safer to invest in glass, which lasts longer than plastic anyway and is safer for the environment if you need to throw it away in the future.

Do you need a free moving quote for your upcoming relocation? Give us a call or text at 615-248-6288 or visit us online for more information!

Strange-but-Amazing Packing Hacks

Packing Tips from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville

If you’re preparing for your first large move, you may feel overwhelmed with all the packing that needs to get done. Fortunately, we have over 20 years of packing experience under our belts, and we’re sharing our best DIY packing tips! These tips are perfect for a family who doesn’t have a budget to hire us for packing services, or for the hyper-organized personality who prefers to know where all of her belongings are at any given time.

By-the-Room Tips

Bedroom:  Instead of purchasing garment bags for your hanging clothes, you can turn a garbage bag upside down and use the tip of each hanger to poke a hole through the plastic.  And when you hang clothes in your wardrobe boxes, be sure you take advantage of all the space the boxes offer!  You can usually fit several pairs of shoes in the bottom of each box.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK packing dishesKitchen:  Be sure you don’t skimp on the packing supplies you use for dishes!  An unexpected bump in the road can easily break a handle off a loose cup or chip a plate.  Remember that dish boxes come with adjustable inserts to fit each dish snugly, and are double-insulated on the outside to add extra cushion.  If you do stack plates in a box, use disposable foam plates between each breakable one to act as shock absorbers.  You can also use soft items lying around your house, such as socks, stuffed animals, and hand towels, as cushioning in the empty spaces at the corners of the box.

Dining Room:  Most modern dining tables have detachable legs which easily come off with an Allen key/wrench.  If yours can be disassembled this way, you can easily wrap the tabletop in a blanket to avoid scratching the top during transit.  Whenever you disassemble any furniture in your home to move it, be sure to put the hardware and Allen keys in a small plastic zip bag and tape the bag to the furniture so you won’t lose any screws.

Den:  If you have a mirror hanging in your den, a glass tabletop on your coffee table, or any other sheets of glass in other parts of the house, you can use two strips of masking tape to make an “X” on the surface of each glass piece.  The tape will help prevent shattering and add strength.  Then place a piece of cardboard on each side of the sheet before thoroughly wrapping it in bubble wrap.

General Packing Hacks

Use TWO MEN AND A TRUCK boxes to store clutter until after your holiday guests leaveLabeling:  Pick a color for each room in your NEW home, and use corresponding colored markers to label the contents of your boxes.  Then color a floorplan of your new home with the same color system.  This way, you can easily instruct your movers on where each box goes.

Liquids:  First of all, be sure you carry any flammable liquids, such as bleach or other household cleaners, in your own car–not the moving truck!  Moving companies can’t take flammable chemicals on their trucks.  Next, when you pack up any bottled liquids such as shampoo or hand soap, place the bottles in large plastic zip bags before packing them into boxes.  This way, if one leaks, it won’t hurt the other contents of the boxes or weaken the integrity of the boxes themselves.

Day-of-Move Box:  On your first night in your new home, what will you absolutely need?  Charging cords, toilet paper, a change of clothes…?  Place these items in clear storage bins so you can easily see which items are in each bin and find necessities quickly.

Small Items:  When you’re packing up your knick knacks and small items you don’t want to lose inside a vacuous box, wrap each of these belongings in colored paper instead of regular packing paper.  This way, as you pile your packing paper into trash bags after the move, you won’t accidentally discard or overlook these things.

Packing with Kids

Packing with kids is completely different from packing by yourself, because you have to keep them engaged and entertained with a task at the same time.  Here are a few ways they can help:

  1. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving with kidsInstead of (or in addition to) using colored markers to label each box, let the kiddos use colored stickers to help you label where each box goes.  When you’re unpacking, remember that the used cardboard will serve as great forts or coloring canvases for them!
  2. Turn packing into a game.  Send the kids on a scavenger hunt to help you pack specific items, and let them play Stuffed Animal Basketball with the boxes their toys will go into.
  3. Turn cleaning into a game!  While you clean the home for the next homeowners or your landlord, see which child can clean their assigned room the fastest, or clean the most windows.

And finally, if you decide you’re burnt out on packing or have a specific room that seems like it’ll be a pain to pack up, give us a call!  We can pack up as little or as much as you’d like to make your moving experience easy.  Visit us online, or call/text us at 615-248-6288 for a free quote.

Quick-and-Easy Cardboard Holiday Crafts

Five easy holiday crafts made from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxes

One of the best parts about this time of year is the anticipation of our big celebrations… While we wait for the party to begin, we can bake cookies, decorate the house, and get crafty! Since we at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK always have access to tons of moving boxes, we wanted to show you how to DIY some easy crafts with old cardboard you may have lying around your house. Also, all of these crafts are kid-friendly! (*Just be sure there’s an adult around to monitor any hot glue gun or crafting knife usage.)

Holiday Wreaths

Make a Christmas wreath out of an old moving box from TWO MEN AND A TRUCKMake a unique wreath in fifteen minutes with an old moving box!  Here’s what you’ll need:

A moving box
Craft/scrapbooking paper
Glue stick and scissors
Hole puncher
Ribbon
Crafting knife*

To make your holiday wreath, you’ll first need to trace two concentric circles onto the side of your flattened box. We used a plate and a bowl to trace our circles. Then cut out your wreath frame with a crafting knife.

Use your scissors to cut out holly leaves, small circles, or any other seasonal shape you like from your craft paper! Then glue your paper shapes around your cardboard wreath frame. Once your wreath is decorated, just punch a hole to string your ribbon, and presto! You have a unique, handmade wreath!

Personalized Gift Tags

Make special Christmas gift tags out of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK boxesOne great part about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s moving boxes is that they’re white–perfect as a blank canvas! Here’s what you’ll need to make some special name tags for your presents this year:

A moving box
Paint and paintbrush
Hole Puncher
Ribbon
Crafting knife*

Simply trace your favorite holiday shapes onto clean, white parts of your moving box. Use your crafting knife to cut along the traced edges, and use paint to customize your name tags! You can use any type of marker to write the names of your gift recipients, as well as thoughtful notes to go along with your presents.

Holiday Card Display

Make a DIY Christmas card holder out of a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxInstead of having your holiday cards cover your refrigerator this year, why not display them in your entryway or living room? Here’s what you’ll need for this craft:

A large moving box
Ribbon
Mini clothespins
Felt (we used the kind with adhesive on the back)
Scissors
Hot glue gun*
Crafting knife*

Use your crafting knife to cut out fun holiday shape from your moving box. (If you’re creatively challenged like us, you can simply cut out a tall triangle with a rectangle at the bottom for a simple tree shape.) The apply your colored felt to the front of your tree or other shape and use scissors to trim the edges that hang off the sides.

Carefully wrap your ribbon around your cardboard tree, gluing it to the back of your box to hold it in place. Be careful not to wrap the ribbon too loosely, or your cards will weigh down the strand and cause it to sag in front. You can also glue an extra loop of ribbon to the back if you’d like to hang your tree from a wall! Then use your mini clothespins to hang your cards along the ribbon in front.

Modern Trees

Make a DIY Christmas display out of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxesThis one is especially fun for kids because of the lights involved! It’s another super easy display to create even for the craft-challenged. Here’s what you’ll need:

A couple moving boxes
Pencil/pen
String of Christmas lights
Crafting knife*

First, cut large, tall triangles out of your moving boxes. To create a piece with two dimensions and some visual contrast, we used the front and back of our boxes to create both brown and white trees.

Then have your child (or you!) poke some holes into the boxes with your pencil tip. Be sure to poke these from the “back” of the triangles so the lights will fit in easier. Then just push the tiny bulbs into each hole and set your trees against the wall you want to decorate. If you want to embellish your display, you can purchase some small greenery or other knick knacks to go along with your cardboard forest.

Versatile Garland

Make some holiday garland strings out of old TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxesThis garland can be used in place of tinsel along your tree, hung from your holiday mantel, or used to add some DIY flair to your table centerpiece. Here’s what you’ll need to make it:

Leftover cardboard scraps from the other crafts above
Ribbon
Hole puncher
Paint, sequins, or glitter glue
Crafting knife*

First, trace out the holiday shapes you want to include in your garland from your moving box pieces. You can trace holiday cookie cutters or just images you’ve printed from your computer. Carefully cut these out with your crafting knife.

Next, decorate your cut-outs in any way you please! You can make them colorful and fancy or keep them simple and classy. When you’re done decorating, use your hole puncher to help string your favorite ribbon through each piece.  Hang wherever you like in your house!


 

We hope you’ll have fun with these holiday crafts! If you need any moving (or crafting!) supplies, give us a call or text at 615-248-6288. You can also visit our website for help with your move or craft session. We even offer free delivery when you order $50 or more in moving supplies!

How to DIY a Snoopy Doghouse

How to make a Snoopy Doghouse out of moving boxes

Here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Nashville, we’re all about a fun DIY craft!  We especially love making crafts out of used moving boxes that we would otherwise have to throw away.  This time, we took inspiration from our Movers for Mutts charity campaign and made a Snoopy Doghouse.  Here’s how we did it:

Supplies

  • Two moving boxes (we used a Large and a Medium, but you can use whichever sizes you have available)
  • Packing tape
  • Black marker
  • Exacto-style knife*
  • Red spray paint*

*For these last two supplies, make sure to have an adult supervising children who make this craft!

Step 1 for building a Snoopy doghouse out of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxesStep 1: Cut out Snoopy’s doorway.

For this step, you’ll want to keep your box flattened on the floor to make tracing and cutting easy.  Pick one of the smaller sides of your box to be the “front” of the doghouse, and trace your arched doorway with a pencil.  Then use your crafting knife to cut the shape out.

Step 2: Cut a roof-shaped point in the front and back box flaps.

This step will also be easier if you leave your box flattened on the floor for now.  Using a yard stick or the edge of your second box, draw two diagonal lines starting from the bottom outer corners of each flap, ending at the midpoint of the top of the flap.  Then use your crafting knife to cut through these lines.

Step 3: Fold up Snoopy’s doghouse.

Now you’re ready to get the basic shape of your doghouse!  Fold up the bottom flaps and secure the edges with tape to hold them down.  These will make up the “floor” of the doghouse.  Next, tape the edges of your top flaps together.  Your doghouse should look nearly complete, and just a teeny bit leaky on top.

Step 4 of making a Snoopy Doghouse out of a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxStep 4: Make a roof with your second box.

Look at all sides of your second box, and decide which of the four side folds you’d like to serve as the top point of your roof.  Then use your crafting knife to cut off the non-adjacent sides of the box.  Fold and set the remaining two sides over your doghouse box to get an idea of what your roof will look like.  When we got to this step, we noticed that the roof was going to be much longer than we wanted, so we cut a few inches off the end.  Adjust your roof, too, to make it the size you want!

Step 5: Decorate!

The final productNow for the really fun part!  To decorate our Snoopy doghouse, we spray painted the outside walls and roof piece separately.  Then we used a permanent marker to add the “siding” and “roof slats,” and of course wrote in Snoopy’s name.  After all the coloring was done, we taped the roof piece down to the top to keep everything nice and secure.

That’s all!  This easy craft took us about two days to complete, just because we wanted to let paint completely dry between adding layers.  You can come see our Snoopy doghouse at the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Nashville booth at the upcoming Dog Day Festival on September 17th!  And to take some free, cute photos of your pooch next to (or inside!) our masterpiece, just bring a donation for our Movers for Mutts charity collection.


If you’re in need of moving supplies for your upcoming relocation–or for your upcoming DIY project–give us a call or text at 615-248-6288.  For more information about our moving services, check out our website here!

DIY Seasonal Wreath from Moving Boxes

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville teaches how to make a DIY seasonal wreath decoration out of used moving boxes.

For all the parents out there who are struggling to find fun, stimulating activities to occupy your kids ALL DAY LONG while they’re out of school this summer…  We feel your pain!  We love finding ways to use stuff we already have lying around the house to keep the kiddos entertained between trips to the pool and library.

Most recently, we came up with this super-simple DIY craft that is not only great for children, but also helps clean up any old moving boxes you have at home.  These easy wreaths can also be adjusted to fit every season!  So you can keep making this craft over and over again and come up with something different every time.

Here are the supplies you’ll need:

  • Supplies to make TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville's DIY wreath decorationCardboard moving boxes
  • Seasonal craft paper, matching the time of year you’re making your wreath
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Scrapbooking or photo glue
  • Hole puncher
  • Craft blade, like an exact-o knife (for parental use only!)

Step One:  Cut out your wreath’s shape from your moving boxes.

You can use a pencil to trace the edge of two different circular containers onto your cardboard to make concentric circles, or you can just wing it!  The great thing about this craft is that your cardboard shape doesn’t have to form a perfect circle because you’ll be covering it up anyway.  Use your craft blade to cut the wreath shape out of your cardboard.

Step Two:  Tie your ribbon as your “hook-hanger.”

Using your hole punch, cut a tiny hole in the part of your wreath that will serve as the “top.”  Then tie a piece of your ribbon through the hole to serve as the hanging loop that will hang on your door’s hook.  Though this step can be the last step of your craft if you so choose, doing it at the beginning can help you decide which way you want to place and rotate each piece of craft paper as you glue them to the wreath.

Leaf-shaped craft paper cut-outsStep Three:  Cut your craft paper into seasonal shapes.

We actually made both a summer and a Christmas-themed wreath when we tried out this craft!  We just cut circles of different sizes from our summer-themed craft paper, but we got a little more creative for our Christmas wreath.  These are the two types of leaf shapes we cut from our winter holiday paper.

Step Four:  Use your scrapbooking/photo glue to beautify your wreath!

This is the most fun part of the craft, and there’s no wrong way to go about gluing down your shapes!  Just be sure to use special scrapbooking or photo glue instead of regular school-style glue sticks.  Regular glue can sometimes fail to have the strength required to hold thick craft paper.

If you want to get really creative, add some stickers, glitter glue, or sequins to your creation!  And then check out our other DIY crafts, like our Plinko game or our cardboard castle!

Is your family getting ready to move this summer?  Be sure to give us a call or text at 615-248-6288 for your free moving quote from Nashville’s Movers Who Care.

How to Store Holiday Decorations with Moving Supplies

how to store holiday decorations with moving supplies

We’re not just Nashville’s moving experts…  We’re also trained extensively on how to properly pack items that can be easily broken or damaged!  Let us share some of the knowledge we’ve picked up over our 20 years in business to help you pack up your Christmas decorations this year:

Dish pack boxes can be used to pack fragile ornaments.Use a dish box for your ornaments.

Our dish pack boxes are double-insulated on the outer wall, making them thicker than a regular cardboard box.  They also come with adjustable inserts that can be moved around to perfectly fit each of your ornaments.  Buying one of these boxes from us can save you the hassle of having to individually wrap each of your fragile Christmas ornaments!

Label every box in detail.

You don’t want to have to search through every box for a particular wreath or ribbon next year.  Be sure to stick a label on at least two sides of each box to remind yourself what items are inside.  You can make easy labels by writing on our packing tape with a Sharpie.  These DIY labels are easily readable on top of our white-colored boxes.

Wrap each string of lights and garland around a separate piece of cardboardKeep your lights and garlands separated.

One of the most frustrating parts of decorating each winter is having to untangle strings of lights and garland without damaging them.  Avoid this problem next year by properly storing those items this year.  You can repurpose your discarded gift wrapping supplies by carefully wrapping each string of lights and garland around a different empty gift wrap tube or piece of cardboard from a gift box.  Then create more separation by placing a sheet of our packing paper between each wrapped string as you stack them into a box.

Keep your linens fresh.

Many people keep special tablecloths and other linens just for the holiday season.  Be sure you take the time to fold them properly, and place a laundry room dryer sheet between each linen when you stack them into your box.  The dryer sheet will keep the linens smelling fresh and discourage moths from damaging them.  You should also store your linens in a waterproof box, instead of a traditional cardboard box, to keep moisture from getting in.

Create a wrapping station out of a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK wardrobe box!Use a dish box as a wrapping paper station.

You don’t have to buy an expensive gift wrap station from a craft store.  Our dish boxes are the perfect length for storing tubes of your holiday gift wrap, and you can arrange the inserts to the ideal size for all of your rolls!  You can also adjust the inserts to fit clothing boxes, gift bags, and bows.

Ask for help when you need it.

Give us a call at 615-248-6288 or check out our website if you need help moving and storing any larger or more delicate holiday decor pieces.  All of our movers are full-time, trained employees who handle fragile items every day, and we would be glad to give you a hand!

How to Make a Laptop Desk Out of Used Moving Boxes

How to Make a Laptop Stand Out of Used Moving Boxes

If you went to 12th & Broad’s Punctuate event last month, you probably saw our “Innovate Your Recycling” exhibit!  We featured some of the useful, crafty household items that you can make out of old moving boxes, instead of just throwing those boxes away.  One of those items was this awesome laptop desk for your office!  Here’s how you can make your own DIY laptop desk:

Measurements for the side of the laptop desk

Start with any moving box–I just used a small one.  You’ll want to cut out two of the above figures, plus three narrow strips that will be used to connect them.  If you’d like, you can click on the picture above to magnify it and see my measurements…  However, as long as you use this general shape, you can set your own measurements to fit your laptop.

Pieces needed to make the laptop stand

These are the pieces you should end up with.  Your next step is cutting the slits that will let you connect the pieces together.  The two sides of the stand (the pointy geometric figures) each have three slits–one in the center of the top side, and two near the ends of the bottom.  Each of the three narrow strips should have a slit cut near each end.  Again, you can click my figure above to magnify and see my measurements, but feel free to switch them up to what matches your laptop best.

DIY Laptop Desk made out of used moving boxes

Once you connect the pieces at their slits, this is what you’ll have!  I added a little hot glue to each connecting slit to give some extra stability, but that’s not necessary if you don’t feel like finding a hot glue gun.  Enjoy your new laptop stand!

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