Diabetes supplies create a lot of waste. And it isn’t limited to used test strips and pump pods — all of these supplies are often shipped in a big cardboard box (that’s not quite as exciting to receive as your latest online shopping purchase). Sure, you can recycle it. Or you can get crafty with one of these awesome DIY cardboard craft projects that you and your kids can do together.

Jute-Wrapped Storage Boxes

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Who couldn’t use more storage? Erin from the Elizabeth Joan Designs blog turned recycled shipping boxes into trendy storage units with jute twine, hot glue, and some leftover fabric. It’s easy to make this project fit your decor by using twine of different colors or swapping in ribbon for a softer look.

Cardboard Airplane

Photo Credit: Smallfryblog.com

Little pilots can get ready for takeoff with this easy DIY cardboard box airplane made by the moms of the Small Fry blog. The design is bottomless (the box’s bottom flaps are used for the wings and propeller), so kids can “wear” the plane as they zoom around. Perfect for pretend play or a fun Halloween costume!

Indoor Cat or Dog House

Photo credit: Craftsbycourtney.com

Give your pet a place to call his own with this cute project for an indoor cat or dog house from the Crafts By Courtney blog. In a few easy steps, turn your leftover shipping box into a cabana-inspired getaway your pet will love to cuddle up in for a nap. Adding a tiny umbrella to your pet’s water dish is optional!

Lap Desk

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With duct tape, glue, paint, and a few adult-supervised snips with heavy scissors or a box cutter, it’s easy to turn an empty diabetes supply box into a handy little lap desk like the mom behind The Centsible Life blog. Decorate to match your child’s room decor, or decoupage with magazine cutouts or photo printouts.

Cardboard Castle

Photo Credit: Theimaginationtree.com

Give your kids’ action figures somewhere new to play with a DIY cardboard castle like this one from The Imagination Tree blog. Get creative with turrets and window cutouts, sparkly paints, and a real working drawbridge raised and lowered with “chains” made from ribbon.

DIY Wall Letters

Photo Credit: Kidscraftroom.com

Brighten up your kids’ bedrooms with cute and colorful wall letters! Emma from the Kids’ Craft Room blog shows how to trace and cut out letter shapes from a flattened shipping box and wrap with yarn (with a little glue assist) to make personalized room decor. Mix and match yarn colors for eye-popping appeal!

Play Kitchen

Photo Credit: Scott and Becca Winn

Why not turn your large diabetes supply box into a tot-sized play stove or sink? Parent bloggers Scott and Becca (Scottandbeccawinn.blogspot.com) share how they DIYed a magical play kitchen for their kids using only recycled boxes and other repurposed items found around the house. Just add imagination!

Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the “typical” experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring.

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