Kids can turn a cardboard box into nearly anything. So can adults, actually, and they’ve got better, sharper tools to make them. Here are 10 projects that use cardboard for inexpensive but reliable DIY creations.
To get the ball rolling on any of these projects, you’ll need cardboard. If you’ve just moved, know somebody who just moved, or run a liquor store, you’ve probably got no problem finding cardboard. Otherwise, big-box stores, especially those that sell appliances or electronics, are likely to have some boxes they’d be happy to pull off their recycling loads for you.
10. Kids’ construction set
9. “Stealthy” camera/gadget bag
8. Solar-powered oven
7. Kitty chaise lounge or scratching pad
6. Minimalist laptop case
5. Sturdy laptop stand
4. Tangle-free cord containers
3. Phone dock
2. Adult Lego projects with Bloxes
1. Starter macro photography kit
These kind of projects make us almost wish we were moving again, just to get our hands on a whole bunch of cardboard. If you had a sturdy cardboard sheet and some spare time, what would you make with it? Point us to the project you’ve had on the back burner for a long time, or share your original ideas, in the comments.