Five thrifty kids crafts with a cardboard box

27 December, 2012

Morning! Hope you have recovered from the festive feasts and sofa-lolling, and didn’t drown whilst out on the compulsory Boxing Day constitutional.  I am in Gloucestercoustershire (one of those tough English spellings actually pronounced “Glaasterr”) with my wonderful sister and her family and still in a bit of a Christmas chocolate coma, making it imposssible for me to blog. Therefore I have a brilliant guest in the Hippyshake house, Maggy, who is going to bestow a few ideas for thrifty and crafty fun with the kids in these next house-bound days…

Hello, I am Maggy from Red Ted Art and Life At The Zoo (and you can also find me giving my twopence worth on Theatre, Books and Movies if you are interested..), and I am so pleased to be visiting the wonderful Lulastic again! We both have a passion for Things To Make and we both love to recycle and “make do” with what we have got. After the excess of Christmas, we thought recycling and DIY may just be the ticket. So I thought I would share some of our favourite “Cardboard Box” crafts with you (I do hope you kept some of those Christmas Boxes!!!) Many of my crafts are kids biased.. .so I hope you like some of these home made toys!

First up… my favourite and most treasured toy for my daughter:

diy-dolls-house cardboard box

I made the doll’s house for my daughter’s 2nd Birthday and every couple of months add a little dolls house craft extra. It is much loved and much played with! And all this from one old box!

Next, we would love to share our Marble Run made from a playmobil box (but I am sure a cereal box will do too!!).

diy marble run

A great toy, boredom buster AND Science project in one….

How about a pirate ship? Convert a box with a little homemade paper mache paste into a great pirate ship.

cardboard pirate ship

Another much played with toy in our house.

And then there is this very simple doll’s bed.


Cut down from a red box.. and once again, a much played with toy. The pillow and duvet were made from old pyjamas and stuffed with the remnants of a “knackered” pillow.

Or why not make a shadow puppet?

cereal box shadow puppet (4)

Again a great activity to keep bored kids busy.. and once you have made it, you can get their imagination fired up to put on a little show!

So… take one box. 5 ideas. Which will you make first?! And if you need yet MORE fabulous ideas, check out this round up of 40 Things to Make from a Box over on Red Ted Art, you are sure to find *something*!!

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  • Megan 28 December, 2012 at 4:56 am

    I am so impressed with your crafty toy-making box skills 🙂

    • Lucy 28 December, 2012 at 8:12 am

      Maggy is amazing, looking forward to browsing your blog 🙂

  • Vicky Myers 27 December, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Great ideas:) Our tot lovingly played with his second hand playmobil for a while, then requested a pen and spent far longer creating holes in the cardboard box it came in 🙂 I shall redirect him to making cars etc..:)

  • Sheila Wise 30 September, 2015 at 2:41 am

    Nice ideas! My kids will totally go crazy about playing with cardboard boxes. They love playing with simple, sometimes old and useless, stuff and creating new toys and games out of it. They know about recycling already and accept all these creative games very responsibly. Thank you for sharing these great ideas!