With the help of cardboard, you can make original and creative crafts. Creative people always try to please family and friends with handmade gifts. And to make them look more presentable, it is recommended to pack the crafts in a box, also made with your own hand from cardboard or unnecessary containers. How to make a cardboard box with your own hands correctly, not everyone knows. But thanks to simple instructions, detailed master classes, it can be made quickly and easily..
A beautiful do-it-yourself box made of cardboard: scheme and technology
The box can be used for different purposes: for giving gifts in it, storing useful little things or shoes. It can be with or without a lid. There is also a separate category of boxes, the so-called “tea houses”, in which tea bags are stacked in a pile and it is very convenient to get them out of there one at a time during the tea ceremony..
Multi-colored cardboard is perfect for making a beautiful gift box.
There are many techniques for making cardboard boxes. It will be difficult for novice craftsmen to make a complex craft the first time, so it is recommended to start with simple options. Ready-made lined templates can be downloaded from the Internet and printed or drawn by yourself.
For work you will need:
- Colored or white cardboard;
- Wait a pencil;
- Glue stick or regular PVA.
The printed template must be attached to a sheet of cardboard and traced along the contour, while the fold lines must be marked immediately. The contours of the future box are cut and bent along the marked lines. Next, the walls must be glued together, and the finished box must be decorated with ribbons, lace, appliqués from colored cardboard or wrapping paper.
For the first craft, it is recommended to choose a box of a classic rectangular or square shape, because it is much more difficult to make a round or triangular box..
Where to find the original cardboard or paper box template
It is very difficult to come up with an original design of the box yourself, especially if you plan to make a product of an unusual shape. For example, hex, pentagonal, heart, star, or diamond. Experienced needlewomen are advised to first find videos with detailed master classes and carefully review them. And ready-made templates are on sites dedicated to cardboard crafts..
You can find the original template of a box made of paper or cardboard on the Internet.
What shape can a gift box be:
- Rectangular or square;
- Oval or round;
- Complex shape (in the form of a Christmas tree, candy, chest, etc.).
Before making the box, make sure that all sizes and proportions are correct, this is especially true for round or oval products..
What are DIY crafts from cardboard boxes
Cardboard boxes are an inexhaustible material for the embodiment of creative ideas. Using simple tools from a dull gray box, you can make a real masterpiece.
Cardboard is a great material from which you can make beautiful and creative crafts.
What you can turn a simple cardboard box into:
- Garage for racing cars;
- Big modern city;
- Interesting constructor;
- Ancient mysterious castle;
- A ship plying the ocean;
- Modern shadow theater;
- An airplane flying to the North Pole;
- Refrigerator with food;
- Huge house for a Barbie doll;
- Toy car.
You can endlessly list crafts made from empty old boxes. They will make a stove, a rocket, and a washing machine equally well. The main thing is to show imagination and patience so that the product turns out to be smooth and beautiful..
In the absence of cardboard boxes, they can be replaced with sheet cardboard sold in hardware stores.
Interesting ideas: what can be done from a cardboard box with your own hands
It will be interesting for the child and his parents to be creative together. And what to do first of all from cardboard boxes, the child himself will tell. Perhaps he wants a house, or a car, or a TV, or even a spaceship. If the baby is still very small or confused, then you can offer him to make a shadow theater or an aquarium with fish that will look even better than living ones. A real surprise will be a cardboard play house made by caring parents at night, or when the baby is in kindergarten..
From a cardboard box, you can make a voluminous composition that a child will definitely like
What you may need to decorate crafts:
- Pieces of fabric;
- Pieces of flooring (linoleum, carpet, laminate);
- Colored tape;
- Multi-colored stones and beads;
- Pictures from magazines;
- Colored paper and cardboard;
- Old CDs.
For crafts, you can use boxes from home appliances, or ask the stores for unnecessary ones..
Unusual crafts from boxes with your own hands: an aquarium with fish
The kid will be very happy with the aquarium with fish, which he will help to make with his own hands. This requires only one empty cardboard box..
To make an aquarium with fish, you will need to prepare cardboard and a lot of multi-colored paper
Tools and materials needed for the craft:
- Brushes and paints;
- Strong threads;
- Convex buttons;
- Blanks for fish made of polystyrene, salt dough, cardboard;
- Colored paper;
- Pebbles and shells for decoration.
The box must be closed, and a rectangular screen must be cut out on one of its sides. It is better to do this from the side of the box bottom. We glue the inner surface with blue paper or paint over with paints of blue and blue shades. We make the decor of the aquarium bottom. Cut three strips from above along the entire length of the box. We lower the threads through them and attach fish to them. In the upper part, we fasten the threads with buttons. Now the fish can be moved as if they were swimming.
It is recommended to use artificial plants or green paper as algae.
Original DIY crafts from boxes for children of any age
The boxes are used to make wonderful toys for children of all ages. It can also be large houses in which kids will spend their free time, and various transport, and educational, as well as board games.
You can make interesting crafts together with your child, keeping him busy with an exciting process.
Girls will be interested in a kitchen fully equipped with cardboard furniture.
In a large cut-off box, you can build a whole city with houses, roads, tunnels, traffic lights.
A labyrinth is made from a large number of boxes, through which the baby can quickly move on all fours. It is better if the boxes are made of thick cardboard, then the labyrinth will last longer.
Older children will be interested in doll houses for girls, as well as garages and knight’s castles for boys..
A children’s room is often decorated with pictures and appliqués made of corrugated cardboard. And, in general, they will be relevant in any interior..
A few tips for decorating crafts:
- When decorating the interiors of doll houses, instead of wallpaper, it is recommended to use scrapbooking paper, which is sold in art stores;
- The joints of houses can be pasted over with multi-colored, not transparent tape. Scotch tape with a decorative pattern will look even better..
- A house made of boxes, painted with white paint or a marker, looks original and stylish.
If you stock up on cardboard in advance, then on long winter evenings you can do something new every time.
DIY funny houses from boxes for children: master class
A small colorful house will look great in any interior, especially in a children’s room. They are made according to simple templates that are very easy to draw on paper yourself, and then transfer them to cardboard. The advantage of this kind of crafts is that you don’t need a lot of materials to make small houses..
In order to quickly make a funny house out of the box, it is better to prepare materials and tools for work in advance
- We take a stencil and cut out a house on it.
- We cut windows and doors with a clerical knife.
- We glue the structure and fix it on the base.
- We decorate the finished house.
The use of an aerosol can with golden or silver paint will quickly make the house elegant and festive..
How to make a cardboard box (video)
Making crafts from ordinary or corrugated cardboard is a painstaking work, the result of which exceeds all expectations. Both adults and children will definitely like the result of joint work, and they will again want to take part in an exciting creative process together..
In detail: do-it-yourself aquarium out of the box (photo examples)