Feel less guilty about polishing off that box of Thin Mints. Save the cardboard for one of these Girl Scout Cookie box crafts!
There’s one bad thing about having kids who sell Girl Scout cookies:
Wow, there are a lot of cookie boxes!
At one point, I had over 800 boxes of Girl Scout cookies in my house, and along with the consuming compulsion to Cookie Monster them all down, I would occasionally give them a horrified glance and think, “All that cardboard… oh, wow…”
Fortunately, Girl Scouts are also a handy bunch, and if you put a Girl Scout and a cookie box (and maybe a hot glue gun and an x-acto knife) in the same room together, that Girl Scout will have figured out some awesome way to upcycle that cookie box by the time you let her out again.
Here are some ideas to get her started:
Note: Although all these projects below can upcycle Girl Scout cookie boxes, all of them can also use whatever materials you have on hand–other food packaging, ideally, since it’s the same weight, but there are lots of supplies that would work.
1. bookmarks. My kids gave these away as “prizes” at their Girl Scout cookie booths, but they also make a fun way to remember what your favorite type of cookie was this year!
2. box cars. Little ones will love to build their very own car and then drag it around all day.
3. bunting. Display the bunting with the box faces facing out at the kids’ Girl Scout cookie booths, or face the boxes faces in and decorate the plain backs to use this bunting for any occasion.
4. cardboard bead jewelry. Normally, you think of paper for beadmaking, but cardboard works, as well.
5. cat scratching pad. The corrugated cardboard in the big boxes that hold cases of Girl Scout cookies can be harder to upcycle; a kid and her troop, however, could make scratching pads for an entire Humane Society from them.
6. change purse. Make a Girl Scout cookie box into a simple little pouch to hold your tiny pretties.
7. easel. This is a lightweight, portable, and CHEAP easel to make from cases of Girl Scout cookies. Now you can draw anywhere!
8. magazine holder. Use the big cases of Girl Scout cookies to make this sturdy storage unit for magazines and catalogues.
9. notebooks. Cookie boxes are a fine weight for a notebook cover. Again, face the box faces out for a Girl Scout-themed notebook, or face them in and decorate the covers any way you’d like.
10. note pads. This project is much easier than the notebook project above, as it requires no punching or binding.
11. pencil case. Here’s something to go with the notebook or note pad!
12. postcards. A postcard is a great size for a kid to use as a thank-you note.
13. purse. This simple project would make an excellent kid craft.
14. seed starters. Girl Scout cookies boxes make a convenient size for starting seeds–simply cut the bottom of the box open and plant the entire thing!
15. storage boxes. Cover the big case boxes in pretty fabric, and nobody will ever know what’s underneath.