Lately, we’ve been making all kinds of crafts with materials from around the house. This cardboard robot collage is guaranteed to be a hit! I love this kid’s craft because it works well for all ages, and you can customize it with literally anything you have on hand.

This is a fun project to do as a boredom buster at home, and it’s also perfect to do with a class or group. I think a whole bulletin board full of robots would look amazing!

Supplies Needed

These are the supplies we used:

  • Cereal boxes
  • Juice lids
  • Beads
  • Paper straws
  • Cardboard boxes (corrugated cardboard)
  • Foil
  • Sharpies
  • Paper
  • Buttons
  • Googly eyes
  • Corks
  • Craft sticks
  • Keychain rings
  • Paint
  • Glue

Other suggestions:

  • Junk mail – cut out letters and numbers, etc.
  • Fabric scraps
  • Stickers
  • Craft foam
  • Construction paper or scrapbook paper
  • Foam trays
  • Egg cartons

Step 1: Cut out the front panel of a cereal box. Paint it a solid color.

We used acrylic paint for this, and we chose bold colors that would provide good contrast with the cardboard.

Step 2: Design your robot. Lay out all pieces before gluing!

For the robot above, I used segments of paper straws (regular straws will work too!) to make the legs.

It really is best to lay out your entire robot before gluing. This is especially true for younger kids. The robots in this post were designed by myself and my 13, 10, and 8 year old sons. My 8 year old needed a little help gluing, but otherwise all three of the boys did this project independently. The finished robots are so cute!

For the foil parts, we cut out cardboard in the shapes we wanted and then wrapped it with foil.

This next one might be my favorite, although it’s hard to choose! My son used strips of cardboard for the antennas. He colored them with a Sharpie.

This last one was mine.

Have fun designing some robots!

Looking for more simple craft ideas? We’ve got several.

Make a Craft Stick Rubber Band Gun that really works!

Make some Spinning Tops out of cardboard and marbles. These are a lot of fun!

Here’s one of our favorites – make some Pipe Cleaner Superheroes! This are posable and so much fun.


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  1. MIA REYNOLDS Apr 28, 2020

    Awesome! Thank you so much Sarah! You have some great ideas! So many fun choices😉

  2. Marianne Flanagan Apr 28, 2020

    I really love the robot collage. Our PreK class was supposed to have a special STEM robot workshop that was derailed by the virus. I had already started printing out all kinds of support activities which I will send home with the kids' work when we can get in our rooms. This is a perfect project for parents to do to support it!I forwarded this to all my parents. We are not set up for e-learning so I have been forwarding things I get from my ed sites. I have already forwarded them several of yours.Thanks for all the great ideas.

  3. Maya Apr 29, 2020

    This is soo cute! Definitly will try to make one!

  4. Bernice Feb 18, 2021

    I always let my preschool class make cereal box robots for letter R week. Thank you for so many great tips, especially laying it out prior to gluing! Love pairing with a unit on recycling.

  5. Amena Jul 28, 2023

    Awesome art work from recycled materials.


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