If there’s one thing that’s in plentiful supply after Christmas or a birthday, it’s cardboard boxes. Before you send them all off to be recycled, try making one of these cardboard box craft ideas with your child.

Who knew a bit of old cardboard could be so much fun?

Cardboard Box Crafts

Cardboard Washing Machine: Estefi Machado

Now little ones will have the perfect place to wash their toys’ clothes.

cardboard box craft ideas

Pizza Box Art Easel: Makedo

Turn that takeaway box into the perfect art easel.

cardboard box craft ideas

Shadow Puppets: Classic Play

Use a torch to bring your puppet show to life.

cardboard box craft ideas

Ball Maze: A Happy Wanderer

Run balls, cars, and whatever else will fit down this simple but effective tube maze.

cardboard box craft ideas

Cardboard Pizzeria: Handmade Charlotte

This cardboard pizza is almost good enough to eat.

Packaging Houses: Reciclando en la Escuela

This super-simple cardboard craft idea can produce a whole play town in minutes.

cardboard box craft ideas

Shoebox Barn: Mommo Design

A few well-placed windows will turn an ordinary shoebox into a neat and tidy toy barn.

cardboard box craft ideas

Wall Hanging Box Aquarium: Made By Joel

All the bright colours of an aquarium without the pesky tank cleaning.

cardboard box craft ideas

Cardboard Noah’s Ark: The Craft Train

This cardboard box ark has plenty of room for lots of cuddly friends.

Collapsible Cardboard Playhouse: She Knows

The ideal solution to bulky cardboard box playhouses.

cardboard box craft ideas