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32 Things to Make Using A Cardboard Box {diy}

I’ve made several fun toys and activities for kids using cardboard but nothing like these amazing projects.  You’ll be blown away by these 32 things to make using a cardboard box.  They are DIY activities, games, and imagination building props to encourage your child to play for hours.

32 Things to Make Using A Cardboard Box {diy}

Cardboard Box City

cardboard box city

1.  Cardboard Box City – A darling Sweetopia made for a birthday party complete with shopping center, dental office, beauty boutique, and pastry shop.

Things to Make Using A Cardboard Box
2.  Cardboard Box Party – This party is seriously so creative with box cars, buses, and even a castle.
3.  Cardboard City – Australian artist, Annalise Rees, plays with space and drawing in her two and three dimensional ‘drawn’ house-scapes.

activities for kids out of a cardboard box

4.  Castle One and Castle Two –  Two amazing cardboard castles made for a window display for a store owner.  They are seriously so impressive and would make an amazing castle for a little boy who loves to play with knight figurines or amazing spray painted in black and used for Halloween decor.
5.  Barn for the Farm – A darling barn made for a 1st birthday party in a farm theme complete with a silk flower window.
6.  A townhouse Village – A sweet little townhouse village for little animals made from a cardboard box, paint, sharpies, clear vinyl, ribbon, and scraps of paper and packaging.
7.  DIY Kids: Ice Cream Shop – This wonderfully social, imaginary play led me to the recent construction of our next DIY Kids Project… I present to you, the Ice Cream Shop.

Cardboard Toys

Cardboard Toys

8. Cardboard Mailbox – A fun way to create your own post office at home and a fun activity for kids.
9.  Cardboard Box Shape Sorter – Put together this smart cardboard shape sorter to help your toddler learn shapes and sizes.
10.  Cardboard Dog House – Whimsy-girl constructed a dog house out of a cardboard box – so cute with the roof shingles!
11.  Cardboard Box iPod Costume – With a lil paint, minimal artistic talent and a few supplies you will find around your home, you can easily create an iPod costume for your budding music man.

Cardboard Puppet Theatre

12. Recycled Three Little Pigs  Puppet Theater – A darling theatre made out of a box with a fun dry-erase board topper to write the title of the play.
13.  Play Dressing Table from a Cardboard Box – Two boxes made into a play dressing table and wrapped in wrapped up in some bright pink self adhesive book covering.
14.  Puppet Theater – A refrigerator box turned into a fun puppet theater.
15.  Cardboard Box Marble Run – A fun activity for kids that uses several pieces of cardboard taped together to make a fun marble run.

Things to Make Using A Cardboard

16.  DIY: Castle Story Box – A darling Jack in the Beanstalk castle to inspire imaginary play.
17.  Cardboard Guitars –  Pictured instructions on how to make your own guitars out of a box.

Cardboard Gift Ideas

Cardboard Gift Ideas

18.  Cardboard Flowers – These would make a lovely gift for grandma or auntie, or if there are any dads reading, it would be a pretty sweet mother’s day gift too.

Cardboard Kitchen

Cardboard Kitchen

19.  Cardboard-Box Oven Craft – Make this lovely cardboard oven with materials from around your home.
20.  Cardboard Pizza Making – A fun activity for kids using cardboard and colored paper and other supplies around your home.

cardboard bedroom suite

21.  Cardboard Bedroom Suite – An absolutely darling room decorated with a box dresser, headboard, frame and lamp.

Night Owl Birthday Party
22.  Night Owl Birthday Party – This party is so fab!  Look how she used cardboard and made the table look like a bed!

Cardboard Transportation

Cardboard Transportation

23.  Riding Box Cars Tutorial – This is a fun activity that the kids can get involved in making. And boys will love this too!
24.  Creative Cars made out of boxes – Make your own race car out of a cardboard box, tape, and other easy supplies.
25.  Cardboard Spaceship – A fantastic spaceship with an extra partition glued on to the back to allow for intergalactic personnel transport. {snicker}
26.  Giant Rocket ship – Using a potato box as the base for the structure, all the cardboard was brought home after a trip to Costco. It took about 15 sheets of the corrugated cardboard that they have in between the pallets of diaper boxes/toilet rolls/cereal boxes.

Train made out of Boxes

27.  Train made out of Boxes – A fun and interactive party decor for a train themed outdoor birthday party.  Choochoo!

cardboard scooter and fire truck

28.  Homemade Toy Car Wash – A car wash made for the toy cars out of a box and stuff out of the recycling bin and a pack of those foam sheets.
29.  Scooter made from a box –  This scooter is seriously so impressive!  What kiddo wouldn’t want their own life-sized scooter made out of a box!
30. Cardboard Fire Engine Truck Tutorial – A darling prop and boy-sized toy for a Fire Truck themed birthday party.
31.  Cardboard Canoe – Use hot glue and duct tape to bring the ends together at a point to create the canoe shape out of a box.

Things to Make Using A Cardboard Box

32.  If you want to make a few fun projects, be sure to check out this great article on How to Work With Cardboard.  The Ikat Bag shows tons of amazing tutorials on things to make with cardboard.  Click on any of the images at the bottom of her post to be taken to that tutorial on how to make it.

If you have a homemade tutorial over on your blog, we’d love to see it! Feel free to submit it to leave your link in the comments or on the Tip Junkie Facebook page. Or if you’re looking for a specific gift, let me know! I’ll be happy to find it for you. {{I’ve got your back!}}

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  1. Carolyn

    Your cardboard boxes look anything but cardboard boxes… they just look like lots of fun. You are so creative making such beautiful cardboard crafts. I’m sure you kids have heaps of fun with them. Well done.

  2. Michelle

    Thanks for sharing all of these amazing and creative ideas! I just made a cardboard locomotive for my son’s first birthday party but now I am inspired to make more.


  3. Erika

    Wow! I LOVE the pink city! Very impressive.

  4. Lindsay

    WOW pretty impressive. I think I may just have to recreate that little puppet show box. How cute is that?!

  5. Crystal & Co

    Love this! Sharing a link to it in my list of cheap and free things to do with your kids this summer.


  6. Amy

    My favorite cardboard project of all time was my son’s Halloween costume a few years ago. His friends have had a running inside joke about poptarts for 3+ years now. So he decided to be a poptart. It was the easiest costume ever. We just took a large rectangular box and made holes for arms and legs. Then we covered the whole thing in brown felt. On the front we put white felt in the shape of icing and cut up small pieces of different colored felt for the toppings. My husband ended up rigging a backpack inside the box – so the backpack held the costume up (not his shoulders) and that made it much more comfy. He was the hit of the neighborhood.

    I’m also an Odyssey of the Mind Coach so we have used cardboard for everything! Most recently the kids built a life size barn that when you opened it up revealed a city inside (complete with 7th graders hiding in there). They also had flaps on each side of the barn that when unhinged fell down and made popup books – so when the barn was a barn, the flap that felldown opened up to a pig sty. When the barn was a city, the flap that fell down opened up to a road with shops and cardboard people. These were my 7th graders.

    I also coached a kindergarten team who made their own castle from cardboard. It rivaled any of the pictures shown above and parental (and coaches) help is not allowed! It is amazing what can be done with cardboard and it is so cheap!

    Can you tell I’m uber excited by this post today!!

  7. Olga Lucía

    WOW. I love them all. TY for sharing.

  8. kimbowest

    i love these ideas…especially the headboard one so funny. i’m going to have to pass that onto my sister in college! lol. I made a cardboard playhouse

    and I LOVE cheri from I am momma hear me roar’s reading nook/ batman car!

  9. Delama

    I really like the cardbox idea for the kids. Thank you for sharing.
    Have a great day 🙂

  10. Cathy B

    This HAS to be one of the best DIY projects for families I have seen in years… Oh my gosh! Its incredible… Can’t wait to pass it on! Thanks so much for this post!

    cathy b
    @projecthope7 twitter
    pbprojecthope at yahoo dot com

  11. kiki comin

    WOW..so many fun projects. Thanks so much for featuring my townhouse!:)


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    These are fantastic ideas! I love the mailbox! Thanks for sharing all of these amazing and creative ideas!

  13. ann @mommysecrets

    Sooooooo cool! My kids will love these! I just linked to your post from my blog at http://www.mommysecrets.blogspot.com.

  14. be4rt

    good idea, so I imagine what if all these toys were given wheels in order to roll or can be pulled like a wagon

  15. Pieces of Anarnia

    O M G! I am so hooked on this blog now!!! I’ve been searching the web for days trying to find how-to inspiration to create cardboard furnishings!!! TIP JUNKIE rocks!!!

  16. Rachelle | TinkerLab

    Laurie! Thank you so much for including our marble run on your fabulous site! I love Tip Junkie, and it’s an honor to be here amongst so many other great bloggers, crafters, and artists. I love that carwash, and have been dying to make one of those cardboard box parties since I first spotted it a few weeks ago.

  17. Deneen

    Wow these are great! You are so talented! You have taken cardboard to new heights!!!

  18. Gabe

    Wow! Those are great!

    We are moving this fall (so we will have no shortage of boxes) I think I found some great ways to keep the kids entertained on the other end!

  19. Shannon

    Have you seen the children’s book, “Not A Box”? It is so appropriate for this blog entry!

  20. Rachel Harwood

    FABULOUS!!! I would LOVE for you to share this link at my For the Kids Link Party! http://sunscholars.blogspot.com/2011/05/for-kids-friday-12.html

    I’ve just shared your post with my Facebook friends.

  21. puppet shows

    These ideas are absolutely creative! We are also promoting these kinds of projects in our clients. Their kids loved us during their parties and still continue to enjoy shows at home and they are the ones doing the show! Thanks for sharing the love for puppetry! 🙂

  22. Rose

    This is such a great post! So many fun ideas here. Thanks!

  23. Jen Ward

    I’m bookmarking this post because I know I’ll come back to it for birthday party ideas and rainy day crafts with my kids. Thank you!

  24. Autumn Morgan

    These are ridiculously amazing!!
    My daughter’s 3rd birthday was “ccandy Land” and we made the backyard into the Candy Land game. The Candy castle was made out of cardboard boxes! You can see it here if you’d like! 🙂


  25. Bethe

    Genius! There is a reason the cardboard box is in the Toy Hall of Fame. Thanks for this gorgeous post!
    🙂 Bethe @balmeras

  26. se7en

    Oh what a totally brilliant list!!!
    Please can I add to your list with our space rocket (http://www.se7en.org.za/2009/11/25/a-rollicking-rocket-in-se7en-steps )
    and our submersible (http://www.se7en.org.za/2011/02/01/se7ens-sinking-submersible).

  27. suzane

    Whooooaaaa..astonishing..now I can do that sometime..very interesting..:)

  28. Affordable Medical Insurance

    I’m bookmarking this post because I know I’ll come back to it for birthday party ideas and rainy day crafts with my kids. Thank you!

  29. Pat J.

    I love all your ideas. Something good to do with my granddaughter.

  30. Judie S.

    I know they’re not cardboard boxes, but you can get unlimited huge flat sheets of cardboard at Costco. I take the cardboard that separates the big packages of toilet tissue and let the kids do countless fun and creative things with them.. I just put them in my cart while shopping, and no one ever questions me. HAVE FUN!!

  31. kia

    wikes sufff xxxxxxxx

  32. kia

    i mean wiked stuff lol and i love he idea of a barn kids love barns xxxxxx

  33. Tabitha

    What an amazing post! I have just started a blog “The Green Classroom” where teachers share their great, gree ideas! This is one of them! Could you please link this post here – Your Green Classroom or give me permission to link it? Thank you so much! What an EXCELLENT post!

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  34. carrie

    In one word; Fabulous!! I’m trying to figure out how & which ones I can utilize into my preschool & daycare. My children would go absolutely insane. I know that I would have parents jumping on board to help me create!

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  36. Diane

    Your extensive list of cardboard box crafts is awesome. I have done lemonade stands with my kids but nothing to compare with the creativity shown. Thanks for the post. I will be sharing it with my friends.

  37. Lisa Sewell

    LOVE these tutorials!!! FINALLY somebody that knows how to do it….Thank You. My husband is a street musician on Royal St in the French Quarter in New Orleans…I think I’ll make one for the grandson..12 going on 50…I can use power tools so don’t need to bother the man..:)Thanks again, I need to follow you.

  38. Car Transport

    Hi! This is an excellent post on using a cardboard box diy. I will follow your valuable points in the future while using a cardboard box.

  39. GLC Arts and Crafts Mall

    Every now and then you come across someone that is truly talented. Thanks for all the information.

  40. Box o mania play house

    Pssssst I figured out where I found the cardboard bedroom! I linked it on my tumblr post and thought I’d pass the info along..!!

  41. Kat lump

    Wow these are really great ideas I will look forward to
    Making some of these ideas because they are blowing
    Me away you ate one good box idea person

  42. Money Saving Enthusiast

    I’ve never seen so many ideas on this topic. These are wonderful. This is wonderful for dramatic play. Also if kids help to make the structures, they learn how to be creative and think outside of the box. Thanks for sharing.

  43. Karton Kutu

    I know they’re not cardboard boxes

  44. Catherine

    I made my son something with the same Idea for christmas (not nearly as cool as yours) and it was his favorite toy and still is, maybe I will revamp the paint job so I don’t mind it in the living room 🙂

  45. Anastasia @Healthy Mama Info

    These are all insanely creative! I am sharing this link on my fb group page.

  46. Eric @ Packaging San Diego

    I think these were outstanding techniques you just shared with us. In this contemporary era, cardboard boxes packaging is one of the best ways in all different packaging techniques. It is important for us while shifting home stuff or also home interior designing. I really enjoyed your creative information and knew more about cardboard boxes usages. Thank s….

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    i think this is a very good and helpful website!

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    Well!! I highly appreciate your new creativity. At the time of things packaging we always need some creative aspects for saving valuable time and useful efforts. Thanks for sharing this helpful information.

  49. Shwetali

    Hiee Lauri I am amazed to see your craft work with boxes….. wow.

  50. liam

    wow those are cool

  51. Mrs T


    I recently made a cardboard kitchen for my kids
    and now I’m inspired to continue crafting with cardboard, so happy that I found your site! Not sure what to try first but the ice-cream stand and transportation look like good fun.

  52. Jean

    Hello, I am making a train for our VBS at church.I am making it out of boxes and just for a fluke did an online search of how to do it and I came across your site! I was so excited!! Thank you for posting these!! I can’t wait to get started on ours!!! God Bless!

  53. megha

    hey its just incredible , 32 things with cardboard , its just awesom , wow…. and moreeeeeeeee

  54. Heidi of Operation Organization

    oh-my-goodness this is FANTASTIC!!! We just moved last week so we are drowning in boxes! I know what activity we’ll be embarking on today – thanks! 🙂

  55. hitokirihoshi

    i like the bedroom suite! it is simple but creative and awesome.

    now i have lot of ideas when it comes to card board.
    more power and more ideas to come!

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    I usually browse the dollar store before I go to a movie and grab some trail mix, chocolate covered peanuts or the movie theatre size boxes

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    Ahh, some of these creations are really cool – loving the Cardboard Bedroom Suite!

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