Don’t Throw Out Those Cardboard Boxes, Turn Them Into These Kid-Friendly Crafts


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My mother is the ultimate hoarder. She works part-time at a retail store and I swear, at least once a week, she brings home some empty cardboard boxes. Her excuse is that we might need them to store something in the future. (Spoiler alert: We never will.)

Cardboard can be used for more than just storing things, though.

In fact, it can be used for just about ANYTHING! These awesome parents took the old boxes collecting dust in their attics and transformed them into awesome playthings for their children. Check out these 24 crazy-awesome cardboard creations that are kiddo-friendly!

1. This playhouse is fit for a housewife.

This <a href="https://charcoalandcrayons.blogspot.am/2011/08/ollies-house.html" target="_blank">playhouse</a> is fit for a housewife.

Charcoal and Crayons

2. Why would your little ones need a cellphone when they could have this retro rotary telephone?

Why would your little ones need a cellphone when they could have this retro rotary <a href="https://www.ikatbag.com/2011/12/cardboard-telephone.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+ikatbag+(Ikat+Bag)" target="_blank">telephone</a>?

Ikat Bag

3. Be the queen of the castle!

Be the queen of the <a href="https://www.kidsomania.com/diy-toys-castle-of-cardboard/" target="_blank">castle</a>!

Kidsomania

4. This stylish purse can accessorize any outfit.

This stylish <a href="https://www.ikatbag.com/2010/09/tea-party-behind-scenes-cardboard.html" target="_blank">purse</a> can accessorize any outfit.

Ikat Bag

5. Get on track with this train station.

Get on track with this <a href="https://celebrateeverydaywithme.com/diy-project-for-your-train-loving-car-racing-kid/" target="_blank">train station</a>.

Celebrate Every Day With Me

6. Teach them to do their own laundry with this washing machine.

Teach them to do their own laundry with this <a href="https://www.estefimachado.com.br/2012/12/menino-tambem-encosta-barriguinha-no.html" target="_blank">washing machine</a>.

Estéfi Machado

7. This is a palace built for a queen.

This is a <a href="https://www.designdazzle.com/2010/07/how-to-build-a-cardboard-castle-and-other-things/" target="_blank">palace</a> built for a queen.

Design Dazzle

8. They're never too early for their first job at this grocery store.

They're never too early for their first job at this <a href="https://www.ikatbag.com/2011/10/greengrocer-etc.html" target="_blank">grocery store</a>.

Ikat Bag

9. Make them a brand-new sports car.

Make them a brand-new <a href="https://childhood101.com/2009/09/diy-kids-car-for-under-10/" target="_blank">sports car</a>.

Childhood 101

10. Create a gas pump to keep that new sports car on the go.

Create a gas <a href="https://coolmompicks.com/blog/2014/01/04/diy-toys-cardboard-boxes/" target="_blank">pump</a> to keep that new sports car on the go.

Cool Mom Picks

11. And teach them the rules of the road with this working stoplight!

And teach them the rules of the road with this working <a href="https://www.ikatbag.com/2011/01/automobiles-from-busytown.html" target="_blank">stoplight</a>!

Ikat Bag

12. Let their imaginations soar with this airplane.

Let their imaginations soar with this <a href="https://www.smallfryblog.com/2013/01/29/cardboard-airplane/" target="_blank">airplane</a>.

Small Fry

13. This sink and stove will teach the kids how to cook and clean up after themselves.

This <a href="https://curiosidadesninos.blogspot.com.es/2013/08/cocina-de-carton-para-ninos.html?m=1" target="_blank">sink and stove</a> will teach the kids how to cook and clean up after themselves.

Para Niños y Niñas

14. No needles required to craft this cute sewing machine.

No needles required to craft this cute <a href="https://littleredwindow.com/2014/04/diy-cardboard-box-play-sewing-machine.html" target="_blank">sewing machine</a>.

Little Red Window

15. Lose your kids for hours in this crazy maze.

Lose your kids for hours in this crazy <a href="https://www.livinggreenwithbaby.com/homemade-games-and-play-ideas/2/" target="_blank">maze</a>.

Living Green With Baby

16. Going down?

<a href="https://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2012/08/cardboard-box-elevator-with-push-buttons.html" target="_blank">Going down?</a>

Repeat Crafter Me

17. Invite the neighborhood kids over for a showing at this drive-in theatre.

Invite the neighborhood kids over for a showing at this <a href="https://party-wagon.com/childrens-party-blog/2012/10/8/curious-george-at-the-drive-in-movie.html?lastPage=true&postSubmitted=true" target="_blank">drive-in theatre</a>.

The Party Wagon

18. Explore the great outdoors with this duct tape camper.

Explore the great outdoors with this duct tape <a href="https://themerrythought.com/diy/diy-cardboard-camper-playhouse/" target="_blank">camper</a>.

The Merrythought

19. Ahoy, mates! Create your own pirate ship.

Ahoy, mates! Create your own pirate <a href="https://blackeiffel.blogspot.gr/2011/06/cardboard-boat.html#" target="_blank">ship</a>.

Black Eiffel

20. Share secrets with all your friends in this backyard clubhouse.

Share secrets with all your friends in this backyard <a href="https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/bijou-and-zions-cardboard-play-119104" target="_blank">clubhouse</a>.

Apartment Therapy

21. This barn is perfect for any farmer in training.

This <a href="https://joyfullyweary.blogspot.com/2011/10/little-red-cardboard-barn.html" target="_blank">barn</a> is perfect for any farmer in training.

Joyfully Weary

22. Your kids can practice on these mini guitars before trying the real thing.

Your kids can practice on these mini <a href="https://www.makeit-loveit.com/2011/03/mister-make-it-and-love-it-series.html" target="_blank">guitars</a> before trying the real thing.

Mister Make It, Love It

23. Grown-ups can even appreciate this adorable deer wall art.

Grown-ups can even appreciate this adorable <a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Cardboard-Box-Stag-Deer-Head-Wall-Hanging/" target="_blank">deer wall art</a>.

Instructables / N36

24. This casual Transformers costume will make you the life of any party.

This casual <a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Transformers-Soundwave-Costume/" target="_blank">Transformers costume</a> will make you the life of any party.

Instructables / Incrxtc

Well, how about that? And here I thought cardboard boxes were just for making fun of dogs and cats…

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