Need a cute way to gift some homemade truffles or jewelry? This DIY mini gift box takes about five minutes to make. Best of all, it's a fun upcycle craft that can help teach kids how to make use of what they have on-hand.

DIY mini gift box (from a toothpaste container)

Dude, check out those preggo veins in my arms. Ka-BAM!

Some Boy is about to turn five, so naturally he's been asking five million questions a day. Recently it's been a whole inquisition about trash. Where does trash go? Why do we separate it from recycling? What happens to recycling after THAT? It's been a very hands-on experience involving a couple field trips to the landfill and recycle collection center.

Good times.

DIY mini gift box (from a toothpaste container)

We're still working with Tom's of Maine, and they've launched the Less Waste Challenge to encourage families to reduce waste and make more sustainable choices. Tom's of Maine has long focused on natural options and minimizing waste, with a goal of zero waste to landfills by 2020.

For our part as a family, we actually do a pretty good job at minimizing trash. We recycle EVERY dang thing we possibly can, and composting further helps to reduce bulk. Looking at our 4-day pile there, I'm realizing that we could reduce at least another pound of waste per week by buying more stuff in bulk to reduce packaging, and upcycling items whenever possible.

DIY mini gift box (from a toothpaste container)

Enter the DIY mini gift box!

DIY Mini Gift Box Instructions

DIY mini gift box (from a toothpaste container)

All you need is a toothpaste box, scissors, ruler, tape and a butter knife.

DIY mini gift box (from a toothpaste container)

Start by cutting the toothpaste box in half.

DIY mini gift box (from a toothpaste container)

Crease 1″ from the edge with the butter knife.

DIY mini gift box (from a toothpaste container)

Cut to the crease line.

DIY mini gift box (from a toothpaste container)

Bend the creases back against the colored side of the box and fold it in on itself.

DIY mini gift box (from a toothpaste container)

Seal with tape (or glue, if you're being all fancy).

DIY mini gift box (from a toothpaste container)

Slap a bow on it and you're ready to gift! Tom's of Maine has an awesome YouTube video showing the project from start-to-finish if you're more of an animated-visual sort of person.

Pin it for later, and take the Tom's of Maine Less Waste Challenge to get your own family involved!

DIY mini gift box (from a toothpaste container).