A collection of our creative cardboard kids projects

Our DIY recycled cardboard puppet theater for kids sitting against a green and blue background.

Make: A DIY Cardboard Puppet Theater

Ladies and gentlemen, the Piatti Puppet Theater would like to welcome you to today’s production! At this time we invite you to silence your devices, grab a paintbrush, and join us for an afternoon of creative art-making. Audience participation and…

Four handpainted cardboard-framed spring landscape kids art projects sitting on a white background.

Make: Spring Landscapes Inspired by Celestino Piatti

Here in the last few days of January, on the other side of the solstice with light beginning to slowly inch back into our evenings, my spring daydreaming begins. It’s garden-planning time, and I spend more time than I should…

One of our red cardboard ice shanties sitting on a faux pond in front of a dark blue background with twinkle lights.

Make: A Cardboard Ice Shanty Kids Winter STEAM Challenge

Inspired by northern winter outdoor traditions, this recycled cardboard ice shanty art project is a fun indoor creative building activity that combines design and engineering. This project provides an opportunity for kids to investigate construction, hone critical-thinking skills, and encourages…

Four of our potato stamp pumpkin art pieces hanging on a green background.

Make: Potato and Apple Stamp Pumpkin Art

Just in time for October – an artistic pumpkin patch, chock full of and fall spirit and featuring an elevated autumnal aesthetic! The foundation of these lovely pumpkin art prints? A potato, apple, or green pepper (three cheers for using…

Our recycled juice carton birdhouse decorated with egg carton flowers hanging from a small branch.

Make: A DIY Juice Carton Birdhouse (with a Surprise!)

A few springs ago, I was inspecting the garden in the backyard when I heard the faintest little chorus of “cheep! cheep!”‘s coming from…somewhere….! As I wandered around the yard, the sound grew louder until I finally found the source…

This sweet little spring cardboard deer craft for kids is a great way to recycle a cereal box and play with natural decorations from the garden!

Make: A Cardboard Deer Spring Craft for Kids

It’s been a cold and rainy spring here in Minnesota, and although the chilly days have slowed my progress outside, Mother Nature works away unphased. Bees have started emerging from the little leaf piles in the back gardens, birds have…