This year, with adopting the Sort-My-Trash resolution, I feel even more obliged to re-use every piece of cardboard by putting it to good use. After all, if cats like cardboard boxes, there is probably something magical about them, right? What I love about cardboard is that it’s so easy to handle for the parents and children alike. And cheap! You will never stress out if your baby wastes the material. Just go and grab another box.
Here are some of my favorite projects.
Collages. Collages and cardboard is a match made in heaven. Cardboard makes a perfect base for any mixed media that you would like to assemble. Get a big piece of cardboard and some other junk – oh, I mean recyclables – from around the house. Now fantasize about what you can make out of it.
Check this Tibetan Mountain Flags art for inspiration. I made it out of next to nothing. Some cardboard, an A4 sheet, twine leftovers, colored paper, glue, crayons… that’s it! Turned out lovely and adorns our nursery just perfect.
Think of all the landscapes that can look good in cardboard. A desert would definitely look natural, as well as the Mars or Moon surface. Go for a deserted island, a stormy sea, or a dinosaur cave.
Cut out your elements from the color paper of from magazines, put them on your cardboard, throw in some ropes, buttons, napkins for the texture. You can use any leftovers and scraps you have lying around. Check out this Winter Wonderland we made last weekend out of the wrapping paper leftovers. Ta-daaaa!
Abstract art Constructor
The abstract sculptures constructor. I saw this one on Pinterest, and it’s crazy cool. Note how this project is also made from the leftovers only. It teaches the assemblage, modern art, and the volumes. Awesome. I will cut out the details and then involve my boy to make fun designs on each of it. We will learn parallels and perpendiculars with this one. Or, just make a huge abstract sculpture.
2. BIG TOYS
Here is a picture from the same lovely ikatbag with the adorable swords she made for her girls.
3. CARS AND AIRPLANES
Cardboard car is the best thing you can make for your kid and for yourself. Attach a smaller one to the back of it to perform as a trunk, cut out several wheels and attach on the outside to make it all more realistic. If you have two boxes, you can make a Cabrio with a convertible roof.
Emir can play for hours with these, while I relax with a cup some of my well-deserved cocoa.
You can go an extra mile personalizing and adding details to your car, like Sarah from FrugalFunForBoysAndGirls did, for instance. We tried this several times, too. Yet, I didn’t notice much difference in result – the little ones have such a wild imagination, they would enjoy their car anyway!
BONUS. JUST BOX
Kids are a bit like kittens, don’t you think? After all, you can just give them a box and feel like the best parent in the world.
Our stack of cardboard is growing, slowly but surely. It is begging me to be recycled into something – collages, armor, doll houses, airplanes, shields… And what are your favorite cardboard projects? Please share, cause I need to tame this beast – the sooner the better!
Wow that knight's castle is incredible! I'm a nanny so any fun tips like this always helps keep the little ones occupied 🙂
Thanks a lot, Brooklyn! Yes, it was a lot of fun, and the best part is that it only took about half an hour to make the whole thing. And, your little ones can take part in coloring and adorning it – I'm sure they will love to come up with the coat-of-arms ideas.