They're everywhere. Those darn Girl Scout cookies that you have a love-hate relationship with. I oughta know, because I've got not one, not two, but three Girl Scouts living in my house, which I'm sure must be some kind of record. Each from a different troop, so many cookies must be sold. And where do you think all those cookies are stored whilst they are patiently waiting to be delivered? That's right - my living room. Temptation sitting right in my living room.
So you'll pardon me if I confess that we have already had the dilemma of what to do with EMPTY boxes. Yeah, because I don't really know anybody who has the superpower of eating just one of any of those varieties of cookies. At least not anybody that lives in my house (yes, me included).
Rest assured that, besides recycling, there are many things that you can do with empty Girl Scout cookie boxes - oh, yes. In fact, you might be surprised to know that I have found someone on Pinterest with a whole board dedicated to Girl Scout Cookie Box Crafts. And if you search, you can find many other crafty things to do with those little boxes.
The one that's swept our household, though, is the Girl Scout Cookie Box Change Purse, which we first heard about from one of the co-leaders of one my daughter's troops. Actually we are now taking cookies OUT of the boxes so that we can make enough change purses to satisfy the female population of our family. That's a lot.
I personally did not make any of the change purses, which is why they turned out pretty well. My eldest child seems to have picked up the crafty gene from one of her ancestors somehow and made us all a change purse out of our favorite boxes (only three are pictured since I can never find anything that belongs to the five-year-old). Not that we have any money to put in them, since we've spent it all on Girl Scout cookies, but still.
Maybe you are like me and would rather buy something that someone else made out of Girl Scout cookie boxes. What I really want is this paper-bead bracelet someone made out of a Samoa box. It defeats the purpose of upcycling or repurposing your own cardboard boxes, but isn't it adorable??
Whether you make stuff out of your own empty cookies boxes (other people do have empty ones already, right?), or buy the stuff from someone else who is much more talented and put your own boxes in the recycling bin, just know that there is more to Girl Scout cookie season than just scarfing down a box of Thin Mints in one sitting. And if you want some Girl Scout cookies or the boxes they come in to make crafts with, CALL ME (picture my thumb to my ear and my pinky to my mouth).