Here’s a question from our mailbox:
“ I was wondering if you could put a page up on how to reuse cardboard? I have a ton of it and am short on ideas. We have neighbor kids who love arts and craft projects. Please, help us out!”
Cardboard is a terrific material to reuse for kids’ crafts because it’s so sturdy, and it’s amenable to a wide variety of media, from duct tape to spray paint. Read on for some inspiring ideas to get you started making kids’ crafts with recycled cardboard:
Cardboard Granny Purse: Kids always need more bags to hold their
junk treasures. For a kid’s birthday party, ikatbag created a DIY cardboard granny purse craft, let the little party guests personalize their bags with all kinds of glorious little doo-dads and scrapbooking bits, and then used those bags as the goodie bags for all the party’s take-home treats. For bonus points, check out the party’s beanbag toss game, also made from cardboard!
Altered Art: Cardboard, it turns out, makes a fantastic canvas for an art project. Check out the altered cardboard art from A Girl and Her Brush, where recycled cardboard is painted on, sewn on, sprayed on, glued on, and written on to create a mixed-media journaling project.
DIY Dollhouse: With this cardboard dollhouse tutorial from El hada de papel, a kid-friendly, no-fuss dollhouse is as easy as cutting two pieces of cardboard to shape and connecting them with a cut-out slot in the middle. Since the house is simple to make and costs nothing, kids can go crazy with paint and scrapbook paper wallpaper, and the pattern is so versatile that you can easily create a special, perfectly-sized home for everyone from Polly Pocket to your Waldorf dolls. Or, if you’d prefer something much more elaborate, try this cardboard castle.
Kid Construction Toy: You can use the same kind of cut-out slot method that you integrate into the DIY dollhouse to build an even simpler, even more creative construction toy. This recycled cardboard sculpture toy utilizes simple, kid-painted shapes with slots cut into them, so that even toddlers can create.
Cardboard Jewelry: In a project well suited to the older kid, Living Locurto uses recycled cardboard and pretty duct tape to create upcycled cardboard rings, complete with a wide variety of embellishments. And don’t worry–you can also make upcycled cardboard bracelets!