Blank canvas: 5 Creative uses for cardboard

Don’t throw out those old boxes just yet! Turns out, there are a tonne of fun ways you can recycle and reuse cardboard to create cool stuff for your kids. We’ve detailed five that will blow your minds.

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Kid-Friendly cardboard creations

Don’t throw out those old boxes just yet! Turns out, there are a tonne of fun ways you can recycle and reuse cardboard to create cool stuff for your kids. We’ve detailed five that will blow your minds.

1

A cardboard kitchen for the budding cook

Cardboard kitchen

If your little one loves helping you out in the kitchen, we bet she’ll jump at the chance to craft her very own stove similar to the one mummy uses. For this project, all you’ll need is a couple of large cardboard boxes, some paint, brushes, a hot glue gun, shipping tape and scissors. The rest of the tutorial is fairly simple. To score the full step-by-step, click here!

Courtesy of Alexandra Stephenson of Kinderpendent.

2

A cardboard purse for the future fashionista

Cardboard purse

This is such an adorable cardboard idea for girly girls, don’t you think? In our opinion, the best part is, once you have the basic bag shape cut out and created, your daughter can easily thread beads onto the handle herself and adorn the rest of the purse with pretty embellishments of her choice, such as sequins, buttons or gems.

Courtesy of Lier Teigland of Ikatbag.

3

A car for the first-time driver

Cardboard car

Little kids (boys particularly) always seem to enjoy playing with trucks, so why not think outside the box and build a cardboard car your son can cruise around the casa in? Trust us, you’ll have just as much fun working on this project as he will!

Courtesy of Lier Teigland of Ikatbag.

4

A playhouse for the prospective homeowner

Cardboard playhouse

Forget spending a crap load of money on a fancy playhouse you’re probably going to have to end up assembling yourself anyway. Instead, put your crafting skills to the test and construct an original cardboard one your kids will appreciate all the same. Here’s an amazing tutorial to tell you how!

Courtesy of Michelle DuPuis of Rust & Sunshine.

5

A puppet stage for the aspiring star

Cardboard puppet stage

Set the stage for a really fun Friday by rounding up the kids and creating a place out of a couple cardboard boxes that they can hold puppet shows in for mum and dad. Then let them decorate as you see fit, with markers, finger paint or whatever.

Courtesy of Lier Teigland of Ikatbag.

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