A Wine Case Box Turns into a Discard Newspaper Collection Device


These photos were taken on March 2, 2020 at 11:16 AM.


The location was in the living room of my house in Beltsville, Maryland.


The "Take It!" came after I had finally gone ahead and made up a replacement box after having used the one from my former house as a container for something in the shuffle of the big move to this house. The predecessor to this box was one of the standard brown corrugated type that had no personality other than serving in this capacity faithfully for a number of years after I had fashioned it, after wanting to have some order with this recyclable discard. 


For this new replacement - I opted for a more colorful used wine bottle case.  After folding in the trimmed top flaps and taping them down,  the requisite handle holes were cut and taped around the edges to help prevent wear and tear - and it is now taken on its new duty and doing it very well.  It is of an adequate size to accommodate a week's worth of the three papers I read/scan per day.  I tear out articles on subjects that interest me - and then read them again months later and if they are still of interest - I keep them for the next review and discard process.  I have a number of set subjects which are of interest along with new things that pop up in this ever changing world of ours.


I am quite old fashioned in my continued habit of having news papers delivered in print form to my house on a daily basis - but find this is one of my little rituals that bring me comfort as well as information.  Yes - I put in my share of computer screen time - but watch only 2 1/2 hours of TV per week.  Some how this all seems to work for me.


Incidentally - the box design using wine bottle boxes, I have illustrated, works very well in the IKEA shelving units that have the box dividers in them.


Here is hoping these little do it myself projects are of interest and possibly amusing you.


Wishing you my very best,




PS: I must say lots of packing tape was used to insure there were no exposed cardboard edges for paper to catch on - plus add strength to the unit - in order for it to last a long time as did its ancestor.

PS: We are about ready to send out the prizes from the greeting card photo selection competition. The three winners were:


1. SF1967
2. Teri
3. GpaJake


Please go to the Contact Us page and send us an email with your address and we will mail them out soon.

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Comments: 6
  • #1

    SF1967 (Tuesday, 24 August 2021 21:14)

    Very clever. You have a gift at turning things that would otherwise be thrown away into something of value.

  • #2

    Jim (Tuesday, 24 August 2021 21:15)

    I miss getting a daily newspaper. It just became one of those costs I could no longer justify with the internet available.

  • #3

    Sally (Tuesday, 24 August 2021 21:16)

    Is it to save them for later or throw them away?

  • #4

    Teri (Tuesday, 24 August 2021 21:18)

    I will send you my sons address for my greeting card prize. My husband and I have been staying with my sons family for the past six months or so.

  • #5

    GpaJake (Tuesday, 24 August 2021 21:19)

    Here I was thinking I was the only person I knew of that still gets a newspaper. There is something about sitting back with a paper that just cant be beat.

  • #6

    Bruce (Friday, 03 September 2021 14:58)

    Thank you for all your responses to the newspaper collection box. It is indeed a way to keep the papers organized to place then later in the mixed recycling bin which it picked up once a week from my home. I am an avid recycler and favor reuse when ever possible. I too enjoy having the physical newspaper in hand to be able to read and mull over articles. As I mentioned I sometimes save an article to re read or pass along to someone I know who may have an interest in a subject.

    Best wishes to everyone,