As a company we reuse as many cardboard boxes and packaging items as we can to keep our waste down.
Meanwhile if you have a box to hand you can re use it in lots of imaginative ways. Here are just a few for inspiration …
Icecream Shop from Childhood 101
I loved playing shops when I was small. Mum used to save empty food packaging and I spent hours pretending to be a shop keeper.
Remember it doesn’t have to be an icecream shop. You could make yours in to a coffee kiosk, a food stall or any kind of mini shop you fancy.
The idea of making your own things to sell in the shop appeals to me but if it’s not your thing you can keep empty food boxes and cartons or buy inexpensive play food.
Visit Childhood 101 for details on how to make this.
Princess Bed from The Pursuit Of Craft
Well it’s probably no surprise to learn that I made beds for my Sindy dolls out of shoe boxes. We didn’t have the huge range of doll furniture available to us that kids today do and so if I wanted it for Sindy I had to make it myself.
The great thing about this project is that you don’t need a big box … just something big enough to fit the doll it’s intended for. If your tools are not up to the lovely shaping of the featured bed then keep it simple, perhaps with a rounded bed head.
You might have dolls bedding or small cloths suitable to use with your princess bed or you could add an extra layer of creativity and knit a blanket or sew a mini quilt.
Visit The Pursuit Of Craft for more information.
Knights Shield And Sword from Red Ted Art
The simplicity of this makes it one of my favourite featured projects … your child can easily produce a shield to be proud of.
Whether your household contains a valiant Mike The Knight or a heroic Ella The Princess Knight there’s scope to decorate the shield in the colours and design of their choice.
Even if you don’t fancy making the sword and shield it’s still worth visiting Red Ted Art as it is a fantastic resource for anyone who loves their crafting.
Cereal Box Magazine Holder from Tennessee Home And Farm
I’m kicking myself for not thinking of this!
The majority of us have access to empty cereal boxes on a regular basis and it’s so wonderfully simple to convert them in to useful storage.
Visit Tennessee Home And Farm for tips on how to create this brilliant idea.
Pirate Ship from ikatbag
Ahoy there me hearties … who would like to sail the imaginary seas in their very own pirate galleon?
Well as it happens it’s easy to make yourself a pirate ship complete with flowing sails.
If we get some sunshine it will be fun to play with this outside otherwise you could just make a smaller version to use in the house.
Visit ikatbag for inspiration.
Play Kitchen from Willary Blogspot
My childhood self is drooling over this idea and the really cool thing is that you can take the wonderful featured version as your inspiration and then make yours as detailed or are simple as you want to.
As with the icecream shop earlier you can make your own food or buy some inexpensive play food.
Stuffed full of lets pretend play potential with hours of fun thrown in.
Visit Willary Blogspot to see more.
Desk Tidy from Design For Mankind
I love the natural look of this desk tidy but you could decorate yours if you wanted to. Either way it’s a fantastic idea and layering the pieces will make it robust too.
Visit Design For Mankind and take a look at the detailed instructions on how to make this fab desk tidy.
Car from Craftulate
We don’t all have a budget that stretches to buying a mini car for our kids so why not have a go at making your own?
Get the children involved choosing their own decoration … this car can be customised with their favourite colour.
You could make a few of these and invite some little friends round for a drive in movie style DVD showing.
For more information on making your own cardboard car visit Craftulate .
Collapsible Play House from She Knows
If your kids are desperate for their own play house but space is on the tight side here’s a great idea for one that folds flat when it’s not being used so it will slide easily under your bed and out of the way.
The grown ups can do the technical construction part then let the kids loose decorating inside and outside.
Visit She Knows to check out the instructions.
Lanterns from Handmade Charlotte via Etsy Journal
Something a little different for those of you who really enjoy getting stuck in to your crafting. It’s not a difficult project but it will take a bit more time.
This is definitely where battery operated tea lights come in to their own … you must not use a standard candle with a naked flame in your lantern. The battery operated ones are inexpensive, easy to get hold of and have a good life span. If you are in the UK you can get them from places like eBay, Wilkos, B&Q, Hobbycraft and highstreet discount shops.
Visit the Etsy Journal for Rachel Faucett’s detailed lantern tutorial.
You can also visit Handmade Charlotte to see more of Rachel’s ideas.
Marble Run from Powerful Mothering
I know what you’re thinking … this isn’t made from a cardboard box and you’re right but I couldn’t leave this out. I spent an entire afternoon of the school holidays with my little one rolling marbles down an empty wrapping paper tube. We ended up making tunnels and obstacles for the marbles. This is definitely a deluxe version of that and I think it will be popular in our house.
You don’t even need marbles … Powerful Mothering made their own salt dough balls which is a fantastic idea to add an extra crafting activity in to the mix.
This looks like a massive amount of fun not only to play with but to make too.
Visit Powerful Mothering for more information.
If you are inspired to try one of our featured projects …
why not post a pic on our Facebook page
or tag us in on Instagram.