Thinking Outside of the Cardboard Box

Thinking Outside of the Cardboard Box

You might think cardboard boxes are just plain and boring; you might also that they are used for boring purposes, such as storage and transportation when you are moving items or belongings to a different location. But there are actually many fun and creative ways of using cardboard boxes. Using them for creative purposes is fun and inexpensive. Cardboard boxes can be purchased from places, such as Davpack.co.uk. Also, because there are so many different types of cardboard boxes, it is easy to create different effects and items, for example, shoe boxes can be used for smaller creations and corrugated cardboard can be used for a different textural effect. How many different ways can you think of using cardboard effectively? Have a look at the following creative uses for cardboard boxes.

Playhouses and dollhouses

Instead of buying playhouses or dollhouses for your children, why not attempt making one with your children? They will enjoy making it and playing with it afterwards. You could even make furniture for dolls out of cardboard. This is a cheaper alternative to a bought playhouse or dollhouse and your children will have the opportunity to be creative with cardboard.

Cardboard city

This is another creative use for cardboard. There are no rules for these creations, so your children can make their cardboard city however they want to. For example, they may want to include skyscrapers and other buildings or maybe little cardboard cars. This creation is another one that can be played with after it has been made.


One idea for a cardboard costume is a robot. A robot is a fairly simple creation and it can possibly be used as a Halloween costume. You could choose something even simpler, like a mask. If you feel like being imaginative, then try coming up with some of your own ideas for cardboard costumes.

Gift Tags

This one is a very simple creation. But again, no rules apply, so make them however you want to. Choose various different shapes and decorate them with glitter, sequins, or whatever else you can think of. Make them look pretty!

Decorative Boxes

Choose any sized box and decorate it. You could create nesting boxes, so have a bigger box and keep putting smaller boxes inside; they can all be decorated the same or vary the decorations. These boxes can be used for whatever you like, for example, you can make them gift boxes or you can make them pretty storage boxes.

Musical Instruments

A popular instrument created with cardboard is a box guitar. So have a go at creating a box guitar; you can start by using a tissue box, so the hole in the guitar is already in place, or you can start from scratch by a make each part yourself. Maybe you can think of some other instruments that you can make out of cardboard.

Pet Houses

One example is a dog house. Create a house for your pet and decorate it to suit your pet. You may have to measure up for this one, depending on how small or large your pet is. The good thing about cardboard is that it is fairly strong and durable so you do not have to worry about it falling apart.

Christmas Decorations

This idea is great for family time around Christmas. Try making cardboard Christmas trees or cardboard decorations for your tree. You could also attempt to create little cardboard ornaments that can be scattered around your house.

Cars and Boats

Your children will have fun with this one. Have a go at putting together a little car or a boat with your children, but make sure it is big enough for your child to sit in.

Photo Frame

This is another very simple creation, but it is also fun and creative for you children. The photo frame does not take too much effort to create, but, like all of the other creations, it gives your child a chance to be creative and decorate however they would like.

All of these creations are fun and not too expensive to make. Your kids will enjoy making them and they get to show their creative and imaginative side. Try coming up with your own ideas as well or let your children think of something they would like to create.

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