Cardboard box crafts

We all know kids love playing with the packaging their toys came in, so why not put it to good use with these quick and easy ideas? They all use empty cardboard boxes of different sizes, plus some extra crafty bits you’re likely to have at home.

1. Puppet theatre TV

How to make a puppet theatre

What you’ll need:

  • Cardboard box
  • Coloured paper
  • Sticky tape
  • Paper straws
  • Kids’ magazines
  • Crayons

What to do:

1. Cut the top and one long side off the box.

2. Draw around the box on coloured paper, so you can create a TV border to stick onto the front.

3. Meanwhile, your child can choose characters from their magazines, cut them out and stick them to straws. Leave to one side.

4. Give the box to your child so they can create a scene inside the box. They can cut and stick paper, or draw a picture with crayons.

5. Now, stick the TV border to the front of the box. They can add or draw on circular paper buttons. 

6. Finally, your child can hold the straws through the top of the box and make up a story!

2. Art attack! 







What you’ll need: 

  • Big box
  • Pens

What to do:

Let your little one draw whatever they like inside their big box. They could turn it into their house, castle or simply draw pictures inside it. It’s the best mess-free, stress-free craft activity we’ve tried!


3. Cardboard box castle

cardboard box castle

What you’ll need: 

  • Big box
  • Kitchen roll tubes
  • Tape
  • Paint
  • Scissors

What to do:

1. Help your little one cut out turret shapes around the top of a box.

2. Add kitchen roll tube towers, then secure with tape. 

3. Now, they can paint and decorate the castle however they like.

4. Shoebox dolls’ house










What you’ll need: 

  • Shoe box
  • Coloured paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Egg box
  • Raisin box or another small box

What to do:

1. Prep the box for your child by cutting off the ‘roof’ and snipping out a door and windows.

2. Time to decorate! Give them coloured paper or wrapping paper for the walls and carpet.

3. Help them to make a wall with a piece of coloured paper: they just fold the edges and glue them to the outer walls.

4. Finally, get your kids to make furniture using egg box cups for a table and chairs and paper laid over a small box to make a bed.

Let the dolls move in. Cute!

Hooray! Once again, your kids have found more enjoyment from the box than the carefully thought-out present that came inside. Next time, treat yourself to something new and give them the box. You live and learn.