We don’t always realize the potential of the materials around us. That’s why we have gathered for you all the good ideas to make with cardboard. It is surprising, aesthetic, and innovative! Yes, recycling is an art. We have to get away from the idea that cardboard is good for packing, wrapping, and nothing else.
No, cardboard is much more than that! Let’s change our preconceived ideas and how we treat the world. Cardboard furniture and decorative objects are colorful, practical, light, and recyclable, and there is really no reason not to try the experience. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some of our best crafts that you can make at home with old cardboard.
1. Thank you card
You received a nice gift, and you want to thank the person who gave it to you? A beautiful handwritten thank you card never goes unnoticed. And why not use the cardboard from your gift to write your message? Cut out your cardboard, fold the card and decorate it to your liking. This kind of card can be sent this way without needing an envelope.
2. Napkin ring
With this trick, you’ll make people jealous! Create original napkin rings from an empty paper towel roll or aluminum foil. Cut the roll into a 5 or 6 cm wide ring, and cover it with fabric. About 30 cm of fabric will be enough to cover 5 napkin rings. Use fabric glue or double-sided tape to secure the fabric inside each ring.
3. Decorative planters
Here’s a great idea to turn cardboard into a flower pot. Decorate a simple cardboard box, then line it with a plastic bag poked with a few drainage holes. Now you can put a plant in its pretty new planter.
4. Labyrinth for kids
If you’ve just moved, you probably have these huge boxes. Then you can make this cardboard maze that will keep the kids entertained for hours. Cut a door or two from each box and join them together to create passageways. Clip it all together with sturdy plastic ties or note clips.
5. Natural weed killer
Cardboard is a strong but compostable material, making it a very effective natural weed control solution. To do this, place flat pieces of cardboard over the area to be treated for weeds, then soak them thoroughly to help them stay in place. When you’re done, add mulch on top to camouflage the cardboard. It will get rid of the weeds, depriving them of light.
6. Storage for your magazines
When you finish a box of cereal, what do you do with it? You throw it in the recycling bin, right? Did you know that you can turn it into a stylish magazine storage box? Just cut it to size and cover it with decorative paper or fabric. And there you have it; your magazines are now neat and tidy.
7. Photo frames
Why use an expensive frame from a craft store when you can customize it yourself? Thin cardboard, such as from a cereal box or notepad holder, is perfect for this. Just cut it to the appropriate size, then spray glue and apply the fabric of your choice.
8. Gift Bags
These gift bags were made by cutting a cardboard cereal box into a suitcase shape with handles. Paint them brown (or any other color of your choice). Add some decorative elements: glitter, ribbons… And that’s it! You have created an original bag to hold your little gifts.
9. Party decorations
You don’t need to buy decorations to decorate a wedding or birthday hall. Make a flower garland like this for your next event. Cut up paper towel rolls and decorate them with paper towels or fancy sticky paper. A simple craft where you paint, fold, glue, and thread it all onto a wire.
10. Disposable painting pallet
Making paint is a great way to relax and put everyday problems aside. The problem is that you have to wash everything afterward, and you don’t necessarily have the time. With a disposable cardboard palette, all creative projects are easier! Simply drill a hole for your thumb to take the palette in hand. And off you go!
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