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I don’t know about you, but it seems that I often have an extra cardboard box on my hands. The boxes should probably serve as warning to cut back my online shopping, but instead, they put me in a Designer MacGyver state of mind. I’ve done some searching to find creative ways to upcycle these old boxes, and I think you’ll agree with me – these ideas are downright crafty. Whether you’re working with a cereal box or a dishwasher box, there is sure to be a craft that’s just your speed.

Cardboard Playhouse
This first idea really inspired my inner craftiness. It. Is. So. Stinkin’. Adorable. And it’s made from a cardboard box. What more could a MacGyver (and a mini MacGyver) ask for? Head on over to The Mouse House to see how Hayley made it. Make sure to check out the inside too — it’s just as adorable.

Cardboard Box Notebooks


If you’re short on bulky boxes and would rather craft with breakfast leftovers, try these notebooks made from cereal boxes. Check out the full tutorial from Let Children Play.

Upcycled Wreath
Looking to use up some brown paper bags while you’re at it? Try creating an upcycled wreath like Amy from Aprons & Ambition. Head over to her blog for all the DIY details.

Cardboard Box Cars
If your mini MacGyvers love movie night, consider making these cardboard cars for your own “drive-in” movie. See how Stacy of Not Just a Housewife made these colorful creations.

Cardboard Postcards
Although email and text messages may have replaced a great deal of snail mail, I think we can all agree that a thank you note is best received hand-written. If you have a stack of thank you notes to write, try creating postcards from pieces of cardboard.

 

What’s your favorite cardboard box craft?

15 Responses

  1. Erin says:

    Love the shabby cottage, Hayley is always making the sweetest clothes for her kids and her house is gorgeous! Love Welcome to the Mouse House!

  2. joeanna anthony says:

    Splendid Post.thanks for share..What a great idea for the car I would have never thought of crafts, but these are great ….

  3. joeanna anthony says:

    Splendid Post.thanks for share..What a great idea for the car I would have never thought of crafts, but these are great ….

  4. Audrey Greenwood says:

    I absolutely love the picture of those boys in cardboard cars. It brings back a lot of memories of my siblings and I using leftover packing boxes to make tea tables and castles and forts. It's good to see that there are so many other uses for the boxes though. Please keep the ideas coming.

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