Fun Craft Ideas for the Extra Boxes in Your Life

Fun Craft Ideas for the Extra Boxes in Your Life

The lifecycle of the cardboard box is relatively short and repetitive; the box is manufactured, used for shipping, moving, or packaging, and, if recycled, sent back to the factory to be turned into a new box to begin the cycle all over again. Why not try a few of these ideas to give that box a creative, and fun, second life?

Halloween Costume

Moving boxes make great Halloween costume building blocks because they come in a variety of sizes and are fairly easy to source. The ideas for making costumes out of boxes are incredibly versatile, too. A robot is usually the first to come to mind when we think of box-turned-costume; a big box for a body, a smaller box for a head, paint and tinfoil for added touch, and you’re good to go. A box can also be turned into a car or any other kind of vehicle to wear around the waist; all you need is paint and a pair of suspenders. One simple and silly idea is to use a box to dress up as, well, a box, perhaps a juice box or popcorn box, or a box of candy.

Indoor Dog House

Building an indoor dog house is another fun and crafty idea to give a box its second life. Depending on the size of the dog you may need a pretty big box for this one. Simply cut an opening large enough for your dog to enter the box, seal it up with tape, and add a cuddly blanket or pillow inside for your dog to curl up on. You could also try painting the box to resemble a home and add windows or a roof. Once the basic design is complete there is much you could do to keep the craftwork going.

Piggy Bank

A fun activity with a small box is to create a piggy bank. This is similar to the dog house in that it is both simple but allows for much in the way of creativity. Seal a small box with tape, cut a slit big enough for coins, and decorate away! It will be easy to retrieve the coins once it’s full, and then you can start on a new bank.

Cardboard boxes are usually easy to come by, and they need not be discarded after one use. Next time you have a box give one of these ideas a try!

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