Here’s a collection of the best cardboard crafts for kids to make! We love crafting with cardboard because we always have shipping boxes, cereal boxes, and toilet paper rolls on hand. And there are so many things you can make with these simple supplies!
These cardboard craft projects are very open ended, such as the robot collage idea below. Kids can put their own spin on these crafts and make them any way they want!
The other great thing about cardboard crafts is that you don’t have to save them forever. Your kids made feel differently (especially if you have one that never wants to get rid of anything ever, haha!) but you can totally recycle these projects once you are done with them. Keeps down the toy clutter!
Cardboard is a great material to use for collages! It’s fun to combine cardboard from different sources for some variety. Use cereal boxes, egg cartons, corrugated cardboard from boxes, etc.
This Cardboard City Skyline Collage is one of my favorite projects! Each person can put their own spin on this. Use different thicknesses of cardboard to add some interesting texture.
Gather cardboard, plastic caps, buttons, straws, and whatever else you have on hand to make these quirky Cardboard Robot Collages. So much fun!
Make a beautiful Cardboard Flower Collage out of corrugated cardboard, cereal boxes, and egg cartons. And paint!
I love these Cardboard Owls from Arty Craft Kids. Another fun and truly open-ended project. Try making different types of owls!
Make your own toys out of cardboard! Some of the best memories are when you construct something together and then play with it.
Make your own Magnetic Pac Man Game out of a cardboard box, craft sticks, and paint. This is an awesome project and a fabulous boredom buster for a rainy day.
Make some amazing Spinning Tops out of cardboard and marbles! These spin really well, and they’re so simple to make.
Make a Cardboard Laptop Computer. This is so fun for pretend play! Preschoolers and kindergartners can pretend to type simple words.
Got a large cardboard box? Grab some craft sticks and hot glue and turn it into an Epic Marble Run! This is fun for kids of all ages.
Turn a cardboard box into a Labyrinth Game. This was a HUGE hit! My kids played with it for days. It’s just challenging enough that you just have to keep trying to solve it.
Use cardboard boxes to make a Hot Wheels Parking Garage with Ramps. You can customize this toy with whatever cardboard you have!
Use a cardboard box and some paper towel tubes to make a Hexbug Maze. It’s so fun to watch the Hexbug toys navigate through the maze!
Here’s one that toddlers and preschoolers will love… make a Cardboard Box Car that kids can really sit it! The paper plate steering wheel really turns, and it’s so fun to play with. Use items from around the house, and put it in the recycling bin when you’re done. Total win!
Cardboard Tube/Toilet Paper Roll Crafts
What all can you make from toilet paper or paper towel rolls? You’ll be amazed!
Use toilet paper rolls and cardboard egg cartons to make these adorable Fire-Breathing Dragons.
These Paper Roll Dogs are some of our favorites. Use construction paper to make the ears and nose, and then use cardboard for the feet and tail.
Use cardboard tubes and egg cartons to make this Silly Monsters Craft! Kids will have a blast making these, and each one is so unique. Look for items in your craft stash to add such as googly eyes and pipe cleaners.
Paper Roll Animals – Turn toilet paper and paper towel rolls into a whole zoo!
Have fun crafting with cardboard!