Cardboard boxes have many uses besides just storing items. Cardboard boxes entertain children for hours on rainy days, make a perfect living space for small pets, and are sturdy enough for school dioramas. Use cardboard boxes, both large and small, to create simple crafts. Add colour to the exterior of cardboard boxes for an artistic feel.
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Doll House Craft
Make a dollhouse out of a cardboard box that little girls can play with. Tape the bottom of an 18-by-16-inch cardboard box with packing or masking tape, and leave the top open. Lay the cardboard box on one side and draw one door in the centre bottom portion of the cardboard box, near the edge, with black marker. Sketch two windows on the side of the door as well. Cut the windows and door out with a box cutter. Then supply your child with markers, crayons and stickers to decorate the box.
Notice Board Craft
Keep notes in one place with a cardboard notice board. Flatten a 16-by-12-inch box, and cut one side of the cardboard box, that has the top and bottom flaps connected, using a box cutter. Line the edges of the cardboard piece with brightly coloured duct tape. Vertically position the cardboard on a table and cut two ¼-inch notches, 4 inches from the top cardboard's edge, on the left and right side of the box. Cut two more notches 4 inches down from the first two notches. Thread two strips of 18-inch twine through four clothespins and tape the ends of the twine behind each notch. Hang the board with pushpins on completion.
Show your creative side with a bracelet made from a cardboard cereal box. Cut four 2-by-2-inch squares from a cereal box with scissors. Laminate the cardboard squares with clear packing tape on both sides. Set each cardboard square with the coloured side facing up, and punch one hole on the left and right sides of each square with a hole puncher. Thread a 10-inch strip of yarn or twine through each hole and tie the bracelet on your wrist.
Jewellery Box Craft
Store jewellery inside a homemade jewellery box. Stamp designs on the surface of four sheets of white or coloured 11-by-14-inch construction paper. Cover the bottom of a shoebox with the stamped construction paper and secure with clear tape. Wrap another sheet of stamped construction paper over the entire shoebox lid, with construction paper edges taped to the inside of the box. Hot glue a 3-inch mirror to the inside of the lid. Glue rhinestones to the outside of the box for a flashy look.
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