If the response to this photo from The Big Picture is any indication, old newspaper boxes are a sign of the demise of newspapers, a sort of coffin for the medium. Inspired by the announcement that the Seattle P-I’s newsracks were on sale, here are some creative ways to transform the antiquated metal boxes.
If you think this photo of a news box turned into a grill is ‘shopped you’re wrong. Custom grill maker Steve Barker’s handiwork is highlighted in an issue of Make magazine and the creative cooker even comes with a propane tank attached to the back. If you need something a little more low tech, take a cue from this hollowed out video drop box-turned-oven spotted in Liberia.
Scott Walker was on to something when he rigged an old newspaper box to deliver headlines digitally. The Alabama editor outfitted the box with a 17-inch monitor and rigged it to display headlines from The Birmingham News. Pretty cool huh?
Newspaper boxes have long been used as a way to distribute information, albeit for a small fee. Some clever neighborhoods have transformed local news boxes into a place to share books or ideas, no quarters necessary. Community book exchanges (covered here and here) are a low involvement way to unite a neighborhood around an old metal box.
You’ll have the most unique fish tank on the block if you encase your little floaters in a repurposed newsstand. The window makes for great viewing and the coin slot makes for a convenient feeder/air hole.
The digital newsstand is pretty cool, but you won’t get much else out of it. Take a cue from Shaun McKinney and just put the whole computer network in the box. McKinney transformed the newspaper box into an awesome case mod, transforming it into a “Lan Party in a Box.”
Homer Simpson may just have discovered a new use for the newspaper box when he accidentally trapped little Maggie inside one. The space is just right for a small child to hang out or take a quick nap and the plastic door would keep them out of trouble (Kidding, of course. No angry emails please).
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