Things to Make out of a Cardboard Box

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Things to Make out of a Cardboard Box
A cardboard box can be used for several fun craft projects. (cardboard box image by MAXFX from Fotolia.com)

Have you ever wondered what to do with all those cardboard boxes left over from a big move or the purchase of a new appliance? There are several inexpensive craft projects that you can do to use those old boxes, including projects suitable for children and even things to make for pets.

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Robot costume

Obtain a pair of scissors, one large box, two small boxes and silver paint; this is all you need to make a robot costume for your child.

Cut the bottom flaps off all the boxes. Tape the top flaps shut, and then cut a large hole for your child's head. Next, cut two holes in the sides of the box for your child's arms. Then, cut holes in the larger boxes for your child's feet, and paint all the boxes silver. You can also paint or draw dials, switches, lights and "electronic" readouts on the larger box to make it look more like a real science fiction robot. Paint plastic bottle caps and use hot glue to attach them to the larger box to simulate three-dimensional dials.

Fort

Cut the flaps from one end of a large box—as from a refrigerator or other large appliance—and then use poster paint to make the box into a "fort" (or "castle") for your child. Cut windows in the sides of the box so that your child has more points to defend during play. You can also create a different type of fort by using several different-sized boxes stacked in different arrangements. Just remember to supervise all play to ensure your child's safety.

This is a project to do alongside your child because it is safe and inexpensive, and it encourages your child's creativity and imagination.

Cat Hideaway

Cut the top flaps off of a medium-sized box. Then, cut a cat-sized hole in one side of the box. Place it upside-down on the floor, and voila, you have a kitty hiding place. Place a towel or soft blanket under the box to make it more comfortable for your feline friend, and a piece of fabric can also be stapled over the box's opening to give your cat more privacy. Personalise your cat's new hidey-hole by painting it with non-toxic poster paint.

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