15 Fun & Easy Cardboard Box Crafts For Kids

Cardboard Box Crafts For Kids 

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When it comes to making crafts, it is always fun to think out of the box. And while we may not be too punny, we are talking about crafts using cardboard boxes. The cardboard box is one of the most versatile items for making crafts. Your kid can use the boxes to make all kinds of creative objects like castles, telephone booths, ships, over and much more. And he will love to play with his creations.

So this holiday, as the cardboard boxes continue to pile, make your little helper your ally and break, cut, stick, and paint your way to fun toys. So, here are 15 cardboard box crafts for kids using empty cardboard boxes:

1. Red Cardboard Barn:

Cardboard Box Crafts For Kids - Red Cardboard Barn

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You Will Need:

  • Milk box
  • Paintbrush
  • Primer
  • X-Acto knife
  • Green painter’s tape
  • Red and black tempera paint
  • Rollers

How To:

  1. First and foremost, tell your kid to give the shape of a barn to the cardboard.
  1. Now he has to make the door by using the X-Acto knife. It has to be a double door.
  1. Now tell him to paint the barn with the primer and outline the door and window using green painter’s tape. Leave it overnight to dry.
  1. Now let your kid paint the barn red and the roof black with the rollers. Leave it to dry for some time.
  1. When the paint dries, pull off the paint tape carefully.This cardboard barn for kids is a perfect playhouse for children to have fun.

[ Read: Cardboard Houses For Kids ]

2. Cardboard Airplane:

Cardboard Box Crafts For Kids - Cardboard Airplane

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You Will Need:

  • 1 medium sized cardboard box
  • Packing tape
  • Scissors or X-Acto knife

How To:

  1. Cut off one full flap and half of both the flaps and tape the remaining sides. Children can even secure to the inside flap for extra support.
  1. Now tell your kid to flip over the box and cut off all the four flaps. These flaps will e used to make the wings, propeller, and tail.
  1. Now your kid has to cut out the armholes from the box. Just draw a semi-circle near the taped side and cut it off. Repeat the same method the other side.
  1. Make slits on both sides of the box for the wings.
  1. Draw and cut out the wing shape from the flap and insert into the slit. Flip and tape for support.
  1. To make the tail, tell your kid to take a large sized cardboard piece and make a slit in the middle. Now insert a small sized cardboard in the slit.
  1. To make the propeller, take a rectangle shaped cardboard, trims the bottom ends and tape together.
  1. Make two different sized circles. Place the propeller on the bigger circle and affix with glue. Now stick the smaller circle over the larger circle.
  1. Affix the propeller to the box. Your airplane is ready. Make this simple cardboard planes for kids and have fun like never before.

3. Cardboard Camper Playhouse:

Cardboard Box Crafts For Kids - Cardboard Camper Playhouse

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You Will Need:

  • Large sized cardboard or two big boxes
  • Duct Tape
  • Black construction paper
  • Box Cutter
  • Tape
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint

How To:

  1. Break two big boxes and tape along the seams for extra support. It will be the two long sides of the house.
  1. Now take another piece of cardboard and bend or curl it so that it looks rounded.
  1. Tell your kid to lay all the three pieces of the cardboard face down. Tape them together along the edges on the front, back and sides, and flip it over.
  1. Now cut five slits in the cardboard on both ends, just along the rounded top. Tape them in place.
  1. Now cut out pieces of the cardboard for the ends and tape them in place along the inside and outside. Make sure your kid bends or curl the top part of the ends so that it fits into the curved top.
  1. Tell your child to draw and cut out the door and window. Now have them paint in silver and leave it to dry overnight.
  1. Draw and cut out lights, license plate and hitch from the black cardboard and stick on the cardboard.

4. Old Granny Handbag:

Cardboard Box Crafts For Kids - Old Granny Handbag

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You Will Need:

  • Cardboard
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Gusset
  • Chenille stem/pipe cleaner
  • Pope dot beads
  • Buttons
  • Glue dots

How To:

  1. Tell your kid to cut out two handbag shapes from the cardboard pieces and 5” gusset of thick craft paper.
  1. Now tell him to cut off the edges of the gusset, wrap around the curves and stick using the strong glue. You can even reinforce the sides with the clear packing tape.
  1. Punch holes on each side and twist half of a pipe cleaner or a chenille stem to make a loop.
  1. Tell your little crafter to thread the beads onto the chenille stem and twist the ends through the handbag’s loop.
  1. Allow your kid to decorate the bag with stickers on anything he likes.

5. Cardboard Car:

Cardboard Box Crafts For Kids - Cardboard Car

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You Will Need:

  • Cardboard boxes of the same size (the boxes should be large enough for your kid to sit)
  • Tape
  • Adhesive book covering
  • Scissors or X-Acto knife
  • White and black card
  • Plastic door handle

How To:

  1. Arrange the three boxes on a shelf. Starting from the left, tape the first box shut. For the second box, tape the bottom only and for the third, tape just the top.
  1. Cover the top of the boxes 1 and 3 with the adhesive book covering.
  1. Cover the long sides with the adhesive covering. It will tape the three boxes together.
  1. Bend or cut off one of the flaps of the middle box. The remaining flap will serve as the windscreen.
  1. To make the car door, tell your kid to make the shape of the door on the cardboard and cut it out, leaving one side attached to the hinge. Neaten the raw edges with the strips of adhesive book covering. Tell your kid to make the door only on the one side of the car. Attach the door handle on the door.
  1. To make the windscreen, draw the windscreen on the cardboard box and cut it out using the X-Acto knife. Now stick to the fold of the box using the packaging tape. Cover the windscreen with a different colored book covering.
  1. To make the wheels, tell your kid to cut out the wheel shapes from A3 black card. Cut a circle from the gray book covering to make the hubcaps. Attach to the wheels using the craft glue.
  1. For the headlight, cut out circles from the white car of paper and attach to the car using the craft glue.
  1. For the car seat, fill the shoe box with some unused heavy stuff and put it in the car.
  1. Now coming to the steering, tell your kid to draw and cut out a steering shape from the cardboard and paint it black.
  1. Attach it to the inside of the car and put hot glue a bottle cap in the middle. Voila! Make this beautiful cardboard crafts for kids.

[ Read: How To Make A Cardboard Box Car ]

6. Cardboard Box Guitar:

Cardboard Box Crafts For Kids - Cardboard Box Guitar

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You Will Need:

  • A large sized cardboard box
  • Pencil
  • Utility knife
  • File folder rubber band
  • Driller
  • Wooden dowel

How To:

  1. Cut big pieces of the cardboard box.
  1. Now tell your kid to trace and cut out three ukulele shapes from the cardboard pieces. Make a circle at the center of the body of the guitar cutouts and cut them out.
  1. Now trace and cut out two shortened pieces of the cardboard again.
  1. Using a hot glue gun, tell your kid to attach two big cardboard pieces together.
  1. Cut two pieces of wooden dowels, 1 ½ inch and 2 ¾ inch each.
  1. Make a 5-inch line 2 to 3 inches below the circle. Now make 4 dots half an inch below the line. Make a slit on the line using a utility knife, push a dent in it and lay the bigger dowel piece. Secure with hot glue gun.
  1. Drill holes in the two layers of the cardboard, exactly where your kid made the dots.
  1. Now tell your child to make a 1 ½ inches line right below the guitar neck curves on the top. Make four dots above the line, 1/3 inch apart. Following the previous method, make a shallow cut along the line and stick the smaller dowel piece into the crease. Your kid even had to make little dents on the dowel to keep the guitar strings in place.
  1. Cut open four rubber bands and tie the ends along the long side of the 1-inch paper clip.
  1. From the back of the guitar, tell your kid to thread the other end of the rubber band through four holes of the guitar neck.
  1. One by one, tell your child to pull the rubber band along the front of the guitar and through the drilled holes towards the bottom
  1. Tie the other end of the rubber band to a paper clip stuck on the backside of the guitar. Trim off the excess.
  1. Place a generous amount of glue on the back of the guitar that has strings and place the third full sized guitar piece on it. It will cover up everything.
  1. Stick two smaller pieces of the guitar to the back of it. It will give the guitar thickness and durability. Trim off the uneven edges using a utility knife. The guitar is ready. It is an excellent cardboard crafts for children to have fun during the holiday season.

7. Cardboard Box Elevator:

Cardboard Box Crafts For Kids - Cardboard Box Elevator

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You Will Need:

  • 24 mm Googly eyes
  • 1-inch Number stickers
  • Cardboard box
  • A pair of scissors
  • Utility knife
  • Brad tack

How To:

  1. Either print out the numbers on the sticker labels or use the number stickers.
  1. Tell your kid to stick the number stickers on the googly eyes using hot glue gun. Hot glue the numbers on a piece of cardboard. Stick the number cardboard on the inside of the box.
  1. Now cut off one small flap so that the box stands properly. Make the floor numbers on the flap.
  1. Draw and cut out an arrow from cardboard scrap and attach on the top flap using tack.
  1. Take a small piece of the card, stick the up, and down sticker on it. Attach the cardboard piece on one of the doors. It is an easy cardboard crafts for kids to have fun during vacation.

[ Read: Waste Material Craft Ideas For Kids ]

8. Cardboard Bunny:

Cardboard Box Crafts For Kids - Cardboard Bunny

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You Will Need:

  • Bunny template
  • Cardboard
  • Craft Knife
  • Glue
  • Long Shoelace
  • Plastic sewing needle
  • Hole Punch
  • Glue Gun

How To:

  1. Download and trace the template on the cardboard pieces. Cut out three pieces of the bunny shape from the cardboard pieces.
  1. Now tell your kid to punch random holes on the bunny cutout.
  1. Glue the pieces together and leave it aside to dry.
  1. Thread the shoelace through the needle and tell him to lace in and out their heart’s content. This is a perfect cardboard craft for kids that help them to develop their creativity.

9. Craft Pirate Ship:

Cardboard Box Crafts For Kids - Craft Pirate Ship

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You Will Need:

  • Cardboard box
  • Ruler
  • Glue gun
  • Black marker
  • Pencil
  • Twine
  • Craft Knife
  • Fabric for the sail
  • Twigs
  • Spreader sticks

How To:

  1. First, tell your kid to draw the side of the ship on the flat pieces of the cardboard.
  1. Now tell him to glue the back piece onto the sides. Everything will be locked in just a matter of few seconds.
  1. Now glue the base of the ship by running the glue gun along each side.
  1. Tell your kid to make the L shape from the cardboard piece and glue inside of the back of the boat. It will make the cabin.
  1. Stick a piece of Styrofoam to the base of the slip, just against the cabin and affix the twig inside the Styrofoam.
  1. Now tell your kid to stick the spreader sticks horizontally to the twig and wrap some twine around the joints.
  1. For the sail, cut out star shapes from the burlap and stick on a square piece of the black felt. Even skull and bone design would look great.
  1. Punch small holes on both sides of the felt pile and twine around the spreader stick. It’s ready!

10. Cardboard Box Horse:

Cardboard Box Crafts For Kids - Cardboard Box Horse

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You Will Need:

  • Three spaghetti cardboard boxes
  • Duct tape
  • Dowel
  • X-Acto knife
  • A pair of scissors
  • White sticker paper
  • Googly eyes

How To:

  1. Tell your kid to tape both the boxes together for the head and a separate one for the neck. Now tell him to cover each section completely with the tape.
  1. To make the nostrils of the horse cut a piece of duct tape and place on the sides of the boxes.
  1. Using the X-Acto knife, cut out the nostril shape and peel the tape off.
  1. Now tell him to tape both the boxes together to give the shape of the horse. Leave about an inch at the top for the ears.
  1. Cut two pieces of duct tape of the same length of one spaghetti body and tape to the sides.
  1. Cut the fringes along the tape and stick on the length of the box for the mane.
  1. Now stick two pieces of tape together and cut out the shape of the ears. Stick it on the sides of the box.
  1. For the mouth, your kid can use a white sticker paper and draw the mouth on it using a sharpie.
  1. For the eyes, you have to use cupcake holders and googly eyes.
  1. Now with the X-Acto knife, cut an X at the bottom of the single box and stick in the dowel. Secure it with a few pieces of tape. The horse is ready for the ride.

[ Read: Photo Frame Craft Ideas For Kids ]

11. Cardboard Box Dollhouse:

Cardboard Box Crafts For Kids - Cardboard Box Dollhouse

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You Will Need:

  • Shoeboxes
  • Newspaper
  • Cello tape
  • Papier Mache mix
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Paint
  • Craft glue

How To:

  1. Stack the shoeboxes together and secure them together with the tape. The number of shoeboxes will determine the configuration and shape of the dollhouse.
  1. Now tell your kid to add a layer of paper Mache to bind together the structure and leave it to dry. You can even use an emulsion to paint the paper Mache structure. It gives an even finish in just one coat and dries to a matte finish.
  1. For the inside, tell your kid to select the favorite scrapbook paper and glue to the insides using standard craft glue. The dollhouse is ready.

12. Cardboard Box Telly:

Cardboard Box Crafts For Kids - Cardboard Box Telly

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You Will Need:

  • Microwave box
  • Buttons
  • Chenille stems or pipe cleaner
  • Utility knife
  • Pompom
  • Paint in your favorite color
  • Tin foil

How To:

  1. Have your kid cut out a square from the microwave box. Your kid has to leave four-inch space on all sides.
  1. Now tell your kid to paint the box in the color of his choice.
  1. Glue the buttons on one side on the television. It will act as the keys of the television.
  1. Take the pipe cleaner or chenille stems and hot glue a pompom on top of it.
  1. Now tell your kid to stick the tin foil on the inside of the box.
  1. For the remote control, take a piece of cardboard and stick buttons on it.

13. Cardboard Box Rocket:

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You Will Need:

  • 2 cardboards of the same size
  • Packing tape
  • A pair of scissors

How To:

  1. Cut the corner of each box to make a single and flat sheet of cardboard. Reinforce the cardboard sheets by taping over the seams and gaps.
  1. Now tell your kid to draw a matching rocket nose line at the top of the flattened cardboard boxes. Cut them into the shape of the rocket with scissors.
  1. Bind together the boxes to give the shape of the cylinder, using the tape. Your kid has to tape the nose of the rocket last.
  1. Now have your kid make the wings of the rocket using the cardboard scraps and stick at the bottom of the rocket.
  1. Stick your kid’s name on the rocket and it’s ready.

[ Read: Paper Cutting Art For Kids ]

14. Cardboard Castle:

Cardboard Box Crafts For Kids - Cardboard Castle

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You Will Need:

  • 4 toilet rolls
  • 2 kitchen paper tubes
  • 1 small cardboard box
  • A4 sheets craft paper
  • 4 straws
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Colored marker pens

How To:

  1. Cut the small flaps from the box and make small rectangles on top of the castle to make the battlement.
  1. Cut the kitchen paper tubes in half. You will get four rolls now. Place the tubes on each corner of the box and mark the area where the box meets the tube. Cut a one-inch slit along the marked lines and slip the tubes around the corner.
  1. Now your kid has to cut triangles from the craft paper for the flag. Secure the triangle to one end of the straws using the tape. Attach the straw to the tubes.
  1. Now draw the door and window on the craft paper and cut it out. Attach the door and window cut out to the front of the castle using the tape.
  1. Now cut the shapes of the treetops from the green craft paper.
  1. Take the toilet paper rolls; make two-inch slits, just opposite each other. Slip the paper treetops into the top of the toilet roll.

15. Cardboard Oven:

Cardboard Box Crafts For Kids - Cardboard Oven

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You Will Need:

  • Cardboard boxes
  • Utility knife
  • Adhesive foam dots
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Silver spray paint
  • Spray paint for the oven
  • Four plastic condiment cup lids
  • One large bottle cap
  • Four small bottle caps
  • Full-sheet printable label paper
  • Template for knob labels-
  • Paper fasteners
  • Black permanent marker
  • Blank or old CDs
  • Ruler
  • Double-sided tape
  • Sheet protector
  • Plastic clothes hanger

How To:

  1. Tell your kid to turn the box on its side so that the lid opens exactly like the door of an oven.
  1. Now cut a 13-inch square piece from the cardstock and stick to the back of the oven using the hot glue.
  1. Using the utility knife, cut a 6 ½*9 ½ inch hole in the box to create the oven door/window.
  1. Tell your kid to put some adhesive foam dots to the front corner of the box. They must leave the paper backing on the sides.
  1. Ask your child to punch holes in the back of the cardboard for the dials. Now he can paint the oven in the color of his choice.
  1. As your kid paints the oven, help him by painting the condiment cup lids in silver and the bottle colors in the same shade as the oven.
  1. Print the template on the label paper, cut out the knobs and stick to the bottle caps.
  1. Now ask your kid to attach the silver dials to the oven using the paper fasteners. He now has to hot glue the caps to the lids, covering the fasteners.
  1. Now with the black marker, tell your kid to draw the burner coils on the CDs.
  1. Stick the CD burners to the stovetop.
  1. Now cut 9 ½ * 12 ½-inch rectangle from the cardboard box and paint it silver. When it dries, make lines along the entire length, 1 inch apart.
  1. Have your kid fasten the sheet protector to the inside of the door using the double-sided tape.
  1. Cut a long piece from the clothes hanger and paint it silver. When it dries, adhere to the top of the glue using the hot glue. The oven is ready.

So take out some cardboard boxes from the store and get creative with these cardboard craft ideas for kids. We’re sure these lovely cardboard creations for kids will keep them engaged for hours on end. Yes, some are a bit arduous but are worth every bit of effort. Just make sure you stay with them, just in case they need any help. What is the craziest cardboard craft that you have tried with your kid? Tell us by commenting below.

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