Sherri Madison on TikTok creates tons of amazing crafts out of cardboard. She does so many, we could have focused this entire list just on her creations! But out of all of them, I chose the Crayola box costume she made for her son. The original post had more than 80,000 views. In the video, she shows how she took multiple Amazon boxes to create the costume. It’s so cute, and incredibly well done. Look how happy he is in the picture. If you want to see more of her creations, check out Sherri’s TikTok called The Cardboard Queen.
This idea came from 5 Minute Crafts on YouTube. All you really have to do is cut the arms off of the box. Put those aside, and use them for the shelves. You cover the entire box and shelves in wrapping paper. Then reinsert the shelves and glue them in place. You’re left with a really interesting perfume cabinet in the end. My only concern is that I don’t believe this would hold that many products without collapsing. Cardboard is not that strong on its own. Maybe let your kids make this for their toys, but make sure nothing is breakable or made out of class.
Have you ever had the issue where you found an outlet, but you’re forced to sit on the floor? Or your phone needs to be in your hand for an hour? This contraption eliminates that issue all together, and you make it out of cardboard. It hangs directly from your plug, so that the phone can rest on the cardboard while it is charging. And if it gets lost or damaged during your travels, there are no worries, because you can always just make another one. For full instructions on how to make this, check out the Cardboard Ninja YouTube channel.
Our next idea was taken from Pinterest, which showcased a game called “slingpunk”. It looks like each side has either blue or red pucks. Each side uses a rubber band to pull and sling the pucks to the other side. It seems like Whoever has the most pucks on the opposite side wins. so in the picture, the one with only one puck left would be the winner. at least that’s what I assume the rules are. It looks like you don’t even need the rubber band, but you need to push the puck quicker than your opponent. For more instructions on how to make sling puck out of wood, click here.
Here is yet another Pinterest find of a castle made out of Pringles cans. If you eat a lot of chips at home or on your lunch breaks, this one’s for you. This is perfect if your kids are a fan of Rapunzel, and they want to play pretend with a princess in a tower. Or, if they generally like fantasy and medieval times, this might be a good item to make as well. Even people who play Dungeons and Dragons might find it to be helpful. If you want to know more about how to make this, check out the Cipta Craft YouTube channel.
Here is yet another beautiful adult craft made by Tatzkreen Art. It’s great for anyone who wants a desk calendar without paying the high price at the store. Everything is made of cardboard, and the numbers are either stickers or painted on. It’s easy to flip the numbers on the rings, and change the date every day. If you brought this to work, people would be guaranteed to comment on it. It might even be a good craft to do with your coworkers. I can imagine keeping this for years, especially if you feel really proud of making this yourself. Just watch the YouTube tutorial to see the instructions on how to make this.
I got this next idea from Pinterest, which showcased a large variety of African style masks that someone made out of cardboard. Some of these faces also look like they might be Picasso paintings. I would personally look at an existing mask, and use that as a template for what you would want to make with your own cardboard. Use a blade or sharp scissors to cut out the pieces. Then use a hot glue gun to attach everything together. They look so cool that you can easily paint them and hang them on your wall if you wanted to. This would be really cheap artwork for you to put in an apartment or a dorm room. For instructions on how to make this, watch this YouTube video.