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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.

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  1. 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!!

  2. 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.

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