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Box Get Crafty – What to make from a Box

| December 27, 2011 | 50 Comments

As you may know by now, I am a keen recycler. I love seeing the value in something that has been deemed to be useless and only for the bin. Check out the magazine beads coming up and my shopping bags made from old shirts. However, I am always horrified at quite how much waste is produced at Christmas. Yes, I know cardboard boxes, wrapping paper and cards can all be recycled…. but why not make something out of them first? Spend some crafty time together, then have lots of playing fun before you discard your “rubbish”. You never know, you may end up makng something that you keep for a long long time. I do hope you like this box round up and that you feel inspired! Oh… and I could have written a WHOLE round up just on matchbox crafts. My they are adorable!!

General Boxes and Card

BIG BOXES

box craft ideasLego Costume

Boxes a great for making fun costumes. I love these lego costumes over at Kids Activities Blog. What a great idea. And EVERYONE loves lego.. so really can’t go wrong!  Lots of opportunities for the kids to help too!

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box craft ideasRobot Costume

Or.. do you fancy a robot costume? Needless to say, boxes are just perfect for robots… so you can just get very very crafty indeed, using boxes and lids and the next think you know… you have a robot like Five Hens made.

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box craft ideasLight Box

If you are a keen photographer or want to take better “product” pictures, then a light box may be your answer. Did you know that it is surprisingly easy to make one. Our Seven Dwarfs has a go!

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box play houses craftsGreen grocers

The best thing about large boxes is that you can make so many toys for your children.  I simply adore this Green Grocers from iKat Bag – just so much detail and effort went into this one! Brilliant!

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cardboard box kitchenKitchen

There are a number of box kitchens out there to be made. It was hard to pick “just the one”… but I guess in many ways these serve as an inspiration and you will personalise whatever you make anyway… here is one from Adventurez in Childrearing.

 

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cardboard cafe craftCardboard Box Cafe

Valerie from Frugal Family Fun does it again with this wonderful “cardboard box” cafe. Brilliant. Looks like her girls are having lots of fun serving coffee and cakes to their teddy bear’s.

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cardboard box craftDIY Shape sorted

What a fun idea from the Parents.com website – take a big box and make it into a shape sorter. I am sure you can make smaller version to fit into your house if you need to. But how fun?

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painting inside the boxPainting Inside the Box

Want to be one of “those mums” that let their children paint and get messy? But can’t quite bring yourself to do it? Space is often limited which makes messy painting and play hard work… but not… if you have a big box! Carrot Are Orange inspires us once again!

 

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cardboard box theatreCardboard Box Theatre

How cute is this cardboard box theatre? I love all the detail – including the curtains and “curtain tie backs”. Very sweet indeed. And what better way to stimulate the imagination! Here Come the Girls gets crafty!

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diy-dolls-house cardboard boxDolls House

Well… boxes are of course perfect for dolls houses. Use one large box and divide it up like in our dolls house or assemble lots of smaller boxes to make your room. Decorating is the fun bit and we are doing ours slowly – room by room, seasons by season.

 

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box craftsPlay House

Well.. who says boxes are only for dolls? Here is one from Create With Your Hands for the little PEOPLE in our lives. Isn’t it adorable? I love the stained glass window. Must give the inside such a pretty glow.

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Cardboard City

The Imagination Tree has a NUMBER of fabulous cardboard box crafts – from post boxes to castles to this cardboard city. They are gorgeous and I love them. But I decided to highlight this cardboard city from her site, as a) play is what she is all about and b) because I love the simplicity of it. We have a similarly large box sitting in our living room – that has been there for about 4 months now. Usually it is a boat. Sometimes it is a bed. It is somewhere to draw and poke holes into. My children love it. And that is all it is. A box. A tiny bit of imagination and the box becomes all sorts of things. Let them play. (and contain it all within one box!).

 

cardboard box craftsBox Seats

Family Fun reminds us that cardboard may seem flimsy, but is in fact very sturdy indeed. Convert some old cardboard boxes and make these fun seats for your children’s room. How lovely!

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cardboard box furnitureFurniture

And I love that Instructables have a WHOLE post dedicated to furniture made from cardboard. Wow. Choose from a number of different ideas, but personally, I LOVE these shelves. Aren’t they fabulous?

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cardboard box suitCardboard Suit

Though this link doesn’t link to a how to, Definatalie shares this wonderful image to inspires us to really get crafty with a box. I DO have a box in each of the children’s rooms that is there as a bedside table and a small toy cupboard. This serves as a reminder, that is fine to have a “normal” box, but give it a little bit of love – just a little bit of love – and suddenly it is rather cute and cool…

 

cardboard box craftNew Boxes out of Old Boxes

Take an old box. Take it apart. Then re assemble it. And make several. All the perfect same size and perfectly decorated and you have your own personalise AND recycled storage solution. More from Make It Love it.

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cardboard loom

DIY Loom

How fabulous. I LOVE this loom… and I willmost certainly be making one of these with my kids one day. Fantastic.Craft Lever Overs  shares their instructions.

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MEDIUM TO SMALL BOXES

what to make out of a boxAliens

Oooh aren’t these aliens from Craft Jr simply too cute? What I love about aliens, just like monsters, is that there is “no right or wrong” and kids can just go wild and come up with the craziest of ideas!

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what to make with cardboard boxesRobots

This robot craft is probably one of our favourite crafts. We made the robot months ago (over a year?) and we STILL Have the robot in our house. We still play with it regularly and it was a great way of using up a box and some other recycled odds and sods. You will no doubt have seen it featured on Get Crafty again and again.. sorry to bore you with it, but we LOVE OUR ROBOTS!

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tissue box craftsMonster Tissue Box

We love book and craft combinations and most of Red Ted Art’s Kids Craft is just that! So I really like Mom To 2 Posh Lil Divas book, craft  AND game idea. Take one monster book, one tissue box… and check out their post!

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what to make from a cardboard boxCardboard Box Laptop

Genius! My children certainly always want to have a go on the “real laptop” and they do enjoy a bit of pretend play. I think they would love this cardboard box laptop version from Mama Smiles. I particularly like how you can change the screens. How fun.

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cardboard box play houseBarn

I love that the little one got to help. The roller is a great way of applying paint evenly! And I love that at the end of it you have a farm house for all your animal toys. Joyfully Weary shares their activity and craft.

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cardboard box play houseViking Ships

Crafting with boxes is not restricted to “cube” crafts… remember you can take the box apart…and then you can reassemble it to make something new and fun. Here we have these grogeous and fun Viking ships. Again from iKat Bag.

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Doll's cardboard box bedDoll’s Bed

A very quick and easy doll’s bed. My little girl got this as a “homemade Christmas present” and adores it. Lovely!

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cardboard box artPortable Art Studio

Oh my what a wonderful idea – a portable art studio. Not only do you have an “easle” like structure, but somewhere to put your things. Perfect! A great idea via Maya Made it.

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cardboard box craft ideasMagazine holders

Oooh and how pretty are these? LOVELY… take some old boxes and with a little bit of magic from Craft Corners convert them into lovely paper work or magazine holders. Perfect.

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cardboard craftsRibbon holders

Oh my, MY ribbon bag needs a make over – take an old box, cut it up and hey presto, look how lovely your ribbons will look again. The Frugal Crafter strikes again!

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cardboard craft

Snowflakes

Take a cardboard box and turn it into one of these pretty and cheerful snowflakes? Creative Jewish Mom inspires me again!

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Cereal Boxes or Toy Boxes

cereal box craft ideasEaster Nest

Oooh now look at this cute Easter Nest.. would you have guessed that it is made out of an old cereal box? No way hosey! Well, I think Michele Made Me is so clever and I love it when and old box transforms into something COMPLETELY different!

 

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cereal box craft unusualPurse

No way… a purse made out of cereal boxes? Yes indeed! How cool and fun are these. Most definitely worth a bit of recycling!  Thank you Art For The Soul Of It for the inspirational idea.

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Cereal box guitarGuitars

I have been eyeing up these cereal box guitars for quite some time now. I think they are adorable.. as are the little musicians modelling them for us! The Fraker’s Acre’s got crafty!

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cereal box marble run diySimple Marble Run

Red Ted has been asking me to make a marble run for AGES now! And I have been saving loo rolls galore to make one. And I have been thinking really complicated….. and then I saw this. Doh. Of course. Keeping things simple is always the best way. We shall make one ASAP! Thanks Inhabitots V1.

 

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cereal box starStar Decoration

Ah yes.. this is REALLY made from a cereal box. You see.. never ever underestimate the humble box. The things you can transform it into are just too amazing. Grey Luster Girl creates this transformation!

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cereal box shadow puppetShadow puppet

You may have seen our shadow puppet a few weeks back. It is a perfect craft for this time of year – as anything to do with shadow play when the afternoons are dark is fabulous! Check out our craft and also learn some hand shadow puppet moves!

 

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art with cereal boxesCity scape

This gorgeous piece of art is made out mainly cereal boxes… the odd wrapping paper roll is added for good measure. Isn’t it beautiful? Alisa Burke makes!

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cereal box craft ideasMystery Messages

I LOVE the idea of these mystery messages… make them for a child that is ill and stuck in bed or for a long journey. And I do love that “sewing machine and cardboard” look. Fabulous. Whip Up, whipped these up!

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Cereal Box Woven SunPretty Weaving

Or.. why not take that same humble cereal box and get weaving with the children? Isn’t this woven sun simply beautiful? I love it. Again a craft from Michele Made Me.

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cereal box gift boxNew Gift Boxes

I love the Creative Jewish Mom’s blog – and I regularly stop by on a Sunday to link up with her crafty sharing party. I also love all the crafts that she comes up with herself. How about these very pretty gift boxes.. yes! Made out of old cereal boxes! Well I never! And they are easier than you think!

 

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cereal box mapCereal Box Map

I love this craft, as it “embraces” the very nature of the cereal box – i.e. its bright colours! Take the colour and convert it to make a map! How fun! Inhabitots-V1 made this one!

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cereal box hatHat

Andnow for something completely different! A HAT!!! The clever peeps at Crafster came up with this fantastic idea. Most certainly one for the “most original” prize. I love it!

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box craftsPaper Tea Cups

I have been eyeing up these paper mache tea cups for quite some time now. I think they are simply beautiful and they SO ARE ON MY TO DO list! Although in principle paper mache, they do start off as the humble cardboard box…. Ann Wood creates.

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Matchboxes

Nothing quite as adorable as ANYTHING made out of a matchbox! I have my whole extended family collecting them for me now…

matchbox craft ideasMatchbox Books

First up are these adorable little books from over at Nurturestore… who on a day out discoverd tiny little books to make with her girls. Aren’t they beautiful?

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matchbox treasure boxMatchbox Treasure Box or Advent calendar

This particular matchbox box is meant for advent. However it reminds me of a trinket or little’ girl’s treasure box. So either works for me! The Messy Crafter shares their post!

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matchbox craftsPoetry in a Box

How cute is this poetry in a box? So beautifully made and what a lovely item to carry around with you and treasure. Apple Head shares their craft and poetry.

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matchbox craftsMatch box Christmas Ornaments/ Dolls’ House Accessories

As you know we have the great “dolls houses” project on Red Ted Art. First we made the house (see above). Then I made some beds out of cardboard (pattern to come in following weeks) and then we got the house ready for Christmas. We made some Christmas trees and then some matchbox presents to go under the tree… these presents also make lovely little ornaments for your own tree if you wish!

 

matchbox craftsDoll and Bed

I am telling you, I am SO SO SOOOO making one of these like yesterday. Adorable. I don’t need to say anymore.  head over to coloured buttons to read all about it!

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matchbox craftsMatchbox Car

And if you feel the boys being a little neglected, how about this little car? There are two adorable little cars to choose from over at Tinka Tolli. Love!

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matchbox craftsMatchbox Guitar

Oh my word how adorable? See the big guitars above? Well how about some mini ones… I think our dolls will be learning a musical instrument very soon… Zakka Life shares their post.

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matchbox craftsMatchbox Cress House

Ok, these are for “buying”, but who is to say, you can’t have a go yourself? Holly Dolly Doo Darr stumbled upon them.

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matchbox craftsMatchbox House

I am TOTALLY in love with this matchbox house! And you can even download some colouring pages to make life even easier! Thank you Home Made City for such an adorable craft. There is even an upstairs and a downstairs, depending on how you open the box!
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So… What do you think of the humble cardboard box now? Fancy making something?!

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  1. Salma says:

    Amazing! Loved this post!

  2. Red Ted Art says:

    Thank you Salma :-) what will you make first?!?

  3. I have never seen so many uses for a box!

  4. Red Ted Art says:

    And there are more… I had to stop myself continuing to post!!!

  5. What a great selection of ideas and now I know what I\’m going to do with the huge box sitting in my dinning room – Little shop here we come

  6. These are awesome! Thank you for sharing them.

  7. Great Job Maggy! beautiful post and so useful :)

  8. Melinda Saunders says:

    Great box projects!!! Thanks! – will share on my facebook page :)

  9. Ali says:

    Fantastic round up, thank you. I particularly like all the match box projects, I love miniatures.

  10. Absolutely love it! You would be proud of me Maggy, I\’ve been crafting more and really enjoying..I\’m actually pretty good at it too :) Would love to join in your links that I have something to show.

  11. I LOVE this!!!!!!! And thank you for including our cardboard cafe!

    Cardboard is SUPREME!!!!!!!! :-D

  12. So many cute and useful ideas! We LOVE hoarding cardboard boxes, match boxes and the grocery and cosmetics boxes and keep making something from time to time. We\’ve made necklaces, cityscape, buildings, tiny furniture!
    Going to bookmark this post for so many other unique ideas!
    Thank you, Maggy, for putting this together!

  13. Red Ted Art says:

    Aaaah thank you all for your lovely comments!

    Oh yes Rashmie – I saw your necklace – I should of added it, but forgot!! Come and share it on the Kids Get Crafty linky?

    Maria – I am impressed!! And I can imagine that you are good.. most people are when they get going! Would LOVE for you to link up on Kids Get Crafty (every Wednesday – Monday on the latest Kids Get Crafty post!)

    Melinda – thank you for sharing on FB!

  14. Mama Pea Pod says:

    What fun ideas! Thanks for finding and sharing them with us!

  15. This round-up is amazing! Honored to be included with such incredible company =)

  16. Red Ted Art says:

    My pleasure Mary Anne, LOVE your laptop!

  17. Roopa says:

    A great roundup of ideas!! Love them all. Bookmarking this:)

  18. Red Ted Art says:

    Thank you Roopa :-))))

  19. Maggy,
    what a fantastic collection…. so inspirational!
    Ali xx

  20. LiEr says:

    Thanks for the features! What an awesome post! Going to pin a lot of these ideas. Very thrilled to be in such great company. And I\’m with Valeria: Cardboard is indeed supreme!

  21. What a great round-up. So many things to make and do…better get busy!

  22. Icklebabe says:

    This is so fabulous! My faves are the little green grosser shop and the kitchen. Soo cute! Am book marking this page for future reference tho as my Christmas cardboard boxes are all out in the garden getting soaked.. Typical ;))

  23. Rebecca says:

    Thanks for using mine even though you\’d already posted. Still got some boxes fhanging about so looking for some inspiration!

  24. This should be a book for all parents! What an excellent assortment of wonderful and creative fun! So practical, too. I love it! Carolyn

  25. what a wonderful set of ideas. We are starting on the Doll\’s house idea with my toddler. Will let you know how it goes. But the cityscape and the matchbox house amongst many others are superb!

  26. Wow, that is an amazing collection of ideas. My favortite is the shop.

  27. Catering Supplies says:

    This is amazing – I have printed this off and will have a box making party for my nephew on Saturday! Thank you for the awesome blog.

  28. Ooooh, I just posted a use for a box! I made a felt button board from a puzzle box! :) http://rockabyebutterfly.blogspot.com/2012/01/button-board.html

  29. Thank you so much for linking up to the first Green Roundup on Britmums, some of these ideas are absolute genius! WHen my DD was a toddler I desperately wanted wooden kitchen for her and one of those large wooden shape sorters but couldn\’t afford one. If only I\’d seen these posts then!

  30. andie says:

    i love that cereal box map! what a great resource!

  31. Vicky says:

    Fabulous! I feel tired just looking at all this creativity, but we will definitely be making some of these :D

  32. Rebecca says:

    Found this on pinterest – great ideas! (By the way, it’s “no way Jose” – hee hee.)

  33. Lisa says:

    This posting made me think of a book called “Not a Box”, where the kid in the book thought of everything else that it could be but it was NOT a box….cute ideas!

  34. Rachel says:

    Awesome, awesome, awesome! Pinning! Thanks Maggy!

  35. Red Ted Art says:

    Awe so glad you like it!! Hope that means you have lots of cardboard inspiration now!!

  36. Some brilliant ideas there. I’m so keeping some of our Christmas boxes now

  37. Nadezhda says:

    great post! Thank you for sharing! So many great ideas for different boxes.
    When I was about 10 years old I made sofa and wardrobes (with cardboard shelves and wire rack and hangers) from little and medium cardboard boxes for my dolls.

  38. laila says:

    Awesome Maggy.Keep up the good work. I was looking at this because I have a big box that I didn’t know what to do with it. I will make my kids get ready!!

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