If you regularly ship holiday gifts, you probably know what it's like to hunt for boxes in certain sizes. One option, of course, is to visit UPS and pick up new containers. But what if you could resize a box you already have at home? As it turns out, this is easy to do when you need to lengthen cardboard boxes.
In a useful video, Instagram user @jillcomesclean breaks down the technique. The first step remove the tape on the top and bottom of a box. Next, cut the left and right flaps in half, then turn it over and repeat once more.
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Now, it's time to work with each pair of cut flaps. Overlap the flaps, one on top of each other. This will automatically elongate the box. Fold over the remaining flaps and tape everything in place.
And just like that, you have a longer box!
"What cardboard magic is this?" commented one user on the post. "This hurts my brain, but it's genius," said another person.
We can see this trick being useful beyond the holiday season, though. As noted by one Instagram user on @jillcomesclean's post, it's helpful for packing longer items while moving. Similarly, if you need to pack up a longer object for storage, this hack will come in handy.
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