What can you make from a cardboard box?

I come from a tree-hugging Pacific Northwest family. As a child, my parents wouldn’t allow any paper or plastic in the trash. They’d pound on the bathroom door after I’d been in the shower too long. And instead of a swear jar, we had a lights-left-on-in-empty-rooms jar. The dishwasher and washing machine had to be completely full before running them, otherwise we’d waste water and energy.

At the time, it was totally annoying. But I’m so thankful now that my parents engrained this responsibility to our environment in me, because that’s what I’m doing for my children today. They’re the ones who will truly feel the impact of our past generations’ actions.

On that note, we'd love for you not to cram your Meghan's Craft Kits box into the trash or recycling bin. Instead, use it to make something magical! Here are nine of our favorite ideas to get you started. 


YARN WRAPPED WALL LETTERS
These look just like the ones you can buy at any home décor store—but they’re a fraction of the cost! Plus, they allow little ones to get creative. Encourage your kiddos to help with the design of their names or initials, then display them in their bedrooms. Get the tutorial here.

PIRATE SHIP
Make this awesome ship in an hour or less, without any messy papier-mâché or paints. Get the tutorial here.

LIGHT UP PUPPET THEATER
Transform your cardboard box into a playhouse for puppets. Create scenes using scraps of paper, paint, markers and glue, then put on an unforgettable performance for your audience! Get the tutorial here.

EXTRAORDINARY PENCIL HOLDER
This is one of those projects that’s just as fun for adults as it is for kids. (I’d use this in my office, for sure!) Get the tutorial here.

PLANT VASE
Work with your children to build a beautiful vase, then take a walk to pick flowers to put inside. Get the tutorial here.

GOLF PUTTING STATION
Is there a kid on this planet who doesn’t love putt putt? In between games at the mini golf course, practice at home with DIY stations like these. (If you have enough cardboard, you could even make an entire course!) Source.

MARBLE MAZE
A glue gun, colorful craft sticks, and an X-ACTO knife are all you need to make a labyrinth for your marbles. And if you don’t have marbles, make a ball out of aluminum foil. It’ll work just the same. Get the tutorial here

BELTED STORAGE TOTE
Time to get organized! But your kids don’t need to know that. Let them help you cut, glue, and design colorful totes to store their coloring books or small toys. Get the tutorial here.

COLORFUL CIRCUS TENTS
Experience the magic of the Big Top! You’ll need a variety of recycled materials—including an egg carton and a paper towel tube—plus colorful paints, beads, and pom-poms. But your kids will continue playing with these well after the crafting is done. Get the tutorial here.

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Erin Longmate