Cardboard

A collection of our creative cardboard kids projects

This fun Alice in Wonderland themed DIY Valentine Box doubles as a tabletop croquet game

Make: A DIY Tabletop Croquet Valentine Box

One of my absolute favorite parts of being a designer is revisiting projects I would have loved to have made as a kid. I have so many that I filed away in my imagination and share every now and then…

These DIY recycled art pennant pins are a fun way to reuse an art project and share the love with your favorite chums on Valentine’s Day!

Make: Recycled Art Heart Pennant Pins

With Valentine’s Day coming up, it seemed the perfect occasion to share a little heart-based art. I’m on a major mission this year to further “green up” our art practices, and though it can be really challenging at times, I’m…

Make STEAM learning fun with this DIY winter-themed, recycled cardboard activity for kids. Our snowball factory project combines math and engineering with creative pretend play.

Make: A Recycled STEAM-Learning Snowball Factory

BBRRRRRRRR! It’s frigid here (I’m talking exposed-skin-freezes cold!) so we’ve been stuck inside this week. While looking for things to keep us busy, we surveyed our stash of recyclables and decided to put together a STEAM project we could play…

Use cereal boxes to create an adorable DIY upcycled cardboard jack-o-lantern shape sorter (template included)

Make: A DIY Cardboard Jack-O-Lantern Shape Sorter

Halloween is HAPPENING in a big way! We’ve been celebrating a very merry, not-so-scary All Hallows Eve with this grinning gourd shape sorter you can make from a couple of cereal boxes! This is so wonderful for shape-learning, DIY fine…

Make a lion mask fit for a king with simple supplies! A most regal DIY no-sew costume for kids.

Make: A DIY Upcycled No-Sew Lion Costume

“Oh I just can’t WAIT to be King…”A little bit of Sub-Saharan magic happened over here this morning. From the simplest of supplies, bright colors and bold shapes took form, and a king (or queen!) of the jungle emerged!  I…

Create your own storybook mid-century modern DIY shoebox house using a cardboard box and collaging textures and simple shapes. A great rainy day activity for kids of any age!

Make: A Mid-Century Modern Shoebox House

I adored making little playhouses and miniatures when I was a kid. When my sister and I were young, an extremely creative babysitter introduced us to the idea of creating multi-story houses from shoeboxes and we were both TOTALLY hooked.…

Make a vibrant and colorful art-filled city neighborhood with cardboard boxes! This craft activity and drawing prompt for kids incorporates STEAM-building and creative story-telling for hours of imaginative play! | from barley & birch

Make: A Cardboard Box City Neighborhood

I have been super lucky to have lived in quite a few cities all over the US. Winter always makes me miss California’s beautifully sunny beaches, but when spring is so close you can taste it, I long for Chicago’s…

Use recycled materials to DIY your own super hip cardboard shape puzzle! A perfect learning toy for toddlers.

Make: A Modern DIY Cardboard Shape Puzzle

Geometric shapes – the loves of my life! While playing around with some basic shapes this week, I stumbled upon the idea for this hip (and incredibly simple!) DIY cardboard shape puzzle. Wooden board puzzles and standard jigsaw puzzles are…