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Mother’s Day gifts you can make out of moving boxes

DIY Mother's Day Crafts you can make out of cardboard moving boxes

A question we run into a lot is what to do with moving boxes after your move is complete. We love getting creative to find new uses, like making this fun plinko game or dressing up for Halloween. But in honor of our Movers for Moms program, we wanted to show you a few ways to use some old moving boxes to make a Mother’s Day gift for the mom hero in your life!

Decorative Letters

Make a DIY Mother's Day gift out of moving boxes

This craft is very easy, and you can use the letters to make wall decor, a banner, or a door hanger.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A moving box
  • Crafting knife
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun (only use with adult supervision!)

Make DIY Mother's Day crafts out of moving boxesStep One: Trace and cut out the letters you want to use.  We used “M – O – M,” but you may want to use your mom’s name or spell out “Happy Mother’s Day!”

Step Two: Use a dot of hot glue to secure the yarn to the top of each letter, and start wrapping! Occasionally add more dots of hot glue to keep the yarn straight.

Step Three: Add any extra decorations you want to use, such a charms, glitter, or ribbon.

Treat Toppers

Treat Toppers made out of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxes

Who doesn’t love a sweet treat that shows your appreciation and love? We made these treat toppers for a cake, but you can use them for a stack of pancakes for breakfast in bed, cupcakes in your mom’s favorite flavor, or just about anything else!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A moving box
  • Crafting knife
  • Craft paper, plus any decorations you want to use
  • Toothpicks or small dowels (depending on the food these will go into)
  • Scissors and glue

cake toppers made from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxesStep One: Cut out your flower shapes (or another shape, like hearts!) from the moving box. If you have cookie cutters in these shapes, those make great stencils.

Step Two: Cover the cardboard shapes in your craft paper, and decorate with markers, stickers, and glitter.

Step Three: Push your toothpick or dowel into the bottom of your cardboard shapes. If you’re using dowels, you may want to use a hot glue gun to place two shapes back-to-back around the dowel.

Step Four: Stick the toppers into your treats and surprise your mama!

Photo Frames

DIY Photo Frame made with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxes

We made these easy photo frames at our Movers for Moms Festival! We love them because they’re quick to make, inexpensive, and versatile. You can add some yarn at the top to turn them into door hangers, glue another piece of cardboard on the back so the frame will stand upright, or even stick an adhesive magnet on the back so the photo can stay on your fridge.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A moving box
  • Crafting knife
  • A sheet of patterned, adhesive shelf liner
  • Scissors

Step One: Trace a 6-inch by 8.5-inch rectangle onto your moving box. At one end, trace another rectangle within the larger one that has a 3/4″ space on three sides. (This smaller rectangle will be the window for your photo to peek through.)

Step Two: Carefully cut out the photo frame. Use your crafting knife to score down the center of the frame, where you’ll fold the frame in half to turn it into a 4″x6″ photo holder.

Step Three: Trace the shape of the frame onto the back of your shelf liner. Allow some extra space on the sides of the frame that will act as flaps to hold the frame together. Then cut out the shape from the shelf liner.

Step Four: Carefully peel off the back of the adhesive liner and stick it to the cardboard frame, using the two flaps to hold the frame together. Be sure to leave the top of the frame open so you can slide in a photo!

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!

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.