I Heart Cardboard DIY Projects

You would be shocked at what you can do with all those cardboard boxes laying around!  And you would be even more shocked if I told you that you don’t have to be an artsy craftsy creative type person in order to do so.

Anymore nowadays you can find templates and tutorials on the internet for just about every DIY project imaginable, complete with all the supplies you will need and a step-by-step from A to Z.  Here are a just a few amazing things you can create out of cardboard boxes:

A bookshelf!  Okay, so this one should probably be attempted at the pique of your cardboard crafting career, but when it’s all said and done it looks pretty stinking cool.


A chair!  And I’m not talking about setting a box upside down over a stool, or some other type of cheating.  A not-so-intricate system of notches and slats produces an actual chair that you can actually sit on.


A pendant light!  There are several options for these circulating, some of them easier and some of them more complicated.  All in all, they wind up looking cool and are one of those things that look even cooler in cardboard.


A playhouse!  You’ve been waiting for this one, haven’t you?  Well, this cardboard playhouse has a twist: it’s foldable.  Cutting seams and then taping them with bright colored duct tape makes an awesome playhouse that is easy to fold and fits well underneath a couch or behind other furniture.


A tray!  These are one of my favorite ways to transform lids or shallow cardboard boxes.  Cover them with some beautiful paper and no one would ever guess what’s at the heart of it all.


A vase with flowers!  Cut the outline of a vase from several different sheets of cardboard and then glue them all together.  Stick some cardboard stalks out of the top and attach newspaper flowers to them.


A cat house!  This tends to be a fan favorite.  People love their cats, and they love a good cat house.  The best part is that the opportunities are endless with this.  From a one story bungalow to a veritable apartment complex, you can accommodate one to a hundred cats.


A desk organizer!  Not all projects for cardboard boxes are strictly fun and no business.  A desk organizer is incredibly useful, and you can even make a cardboard iphone dock.


A picture frame!  This probably has to be another of my favorites.  Picture frames are just so great, and the more homemade the better.  You can make any size, any style, and save yourself a ton of cash.