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How to Make Things out of Cardboard Boxes

Mary Smith
By Mary Smith. Updated: May 26, 2023
How to Make Things out of Cardboard Boxes

Cardboard boxes are versatile and readily available materials that can be transformed into a wide range of useful and creative objects. From simple storage solutions to intricate craft projects, the possibilities are endless. Whether you're looking to organize your space, create unique decorations, or engage in fun DIY activities, join us as we unlock the potential of cardboard boxes and unleash your creativity.

In this article from oneHOWTO, we will explore the art of using cardboard boxes for making various items.

You'll need:

  • Shoebox
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Decorative paper or fabric
  • Ruler
  • Glue
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Steps to follow:


Create a cable management box using a cardboard box

Want to hide those unsightly power strips in your room? Follow these steps to create a stylish and functional solution using a shoe box:

  1. Prepare the shoe box: start by selecting a shoe box that fits your power strip and cables. Remove the lower part of the box by cutting it off, leaving the lid intact.

  2. Create cable holes: on one side of the box, use a hole punch or a sharp object to make small holes for the cables to pass through. Ensure the holes are large enough to accommodate your cables.

  3. Paint and decorate: get creative with your shoe box by painting it with your favorite colors or patterns. You can use acrylic paint or spray paint for a smooth finish. Allow the paint to dry completely before proceeding.

  4. Arrange the power strip: place your power strip inside the box, positioning it in a way that allows the cable to pass through the holes you created. Make sure the power strip is secure and fits snugly.

  5. Organize the cables: arrange the cables neatly inside the box, guiding them through the holes. Use cable ties or adhesive clips to keep them organized and prevent tangling.

  6. Personalize and accessorize: add any additional decorations or accessories to the box to make it more visually appealing. You can use stickers, washi tape, or decorative labels to add a personal touch.

  7. Place the lid: once you're satisfied with the appearance and functionality of your recharge station, place the lid back on the shoe box.

  8. Position and enjoy: find a suitable spot in your room to place the shoe box recharge station, ensuring easy access to the power strip. You can place it on a desk, shelf, or even mount it on the wall.

Now you have a stylish and organized solution for hiding your power strips and managing your cables. Enjoy the clutter-free look of your room while adding a touch of creativity and personalization with your DIY shoe box recharge station.

You might be interested in this other article, where we explain how to make VR goggles out of cardboard.

How to Make Things out of Cardboard Boxes - Step 1

Create an organizer box using a cardboard box

Creating an organizer with a shoebox is a practical and easy DIY project. Follow these steps to make your own shoebox organizer:

  1. Gather your materials: you will need a shoebox, scissors or a craft knife, a ruler, decorative paper or fabric, glue or adhesive, and any additional embellishments you desire, such as stickers or ribbon.

  2. Prepare the shoebox: remove any stickers or labels from the shoebox and ensure it is clean and dry.

  3. Measure and cut: measure the height and width of the shoebox and cut a piece of decorative paper or fabric to match these dimensions. This will be used to cover the exterior of the organizer.

  4. Cover the shoebox: apply glue or adhesive to the back of the decorative paper or fabric and carefully wrap it around the shoebox, smoothing out any wrinkles or air bubbles as you go. Trim any excess paper or fabric if necessary.

  5. Customize the organizer: now it's time to add compartments and dividers to the shoebox to create different sections for organizing your items. Measure the width of the shoebox and cut strips of cardboard or additional shoeboxes to fit inside.

  6. Attach dividers: using glue or adhesive, attach the cardboard strips vertically or horizontally inside the shoebox to create compartments. You can customize the size and number of compartments based on your needs.

  7. Decorate the organizer: let your creativity shine by decorating the organizer with additional embellishments. Add stickers, ribbon, or any other decorative elements to personalize the design.

  8. Let it dry: allow the glue or adhesive to dry completely before using the organizer. Follow the instructions on the adhesive product for the recommended drying time.

  9. Organize your items: once the organizer is dry, place it on your desk, shelf, or any other desired location. Use it to store and organize various items such as office supplies, makeup, jewelry, or art supplies.

  10. Enjoy your homemade organizer: Admire your handiwork and enjoy the convenience of having a stylish and functional organizer that helps declutter your space and keep things in order.

By repurposing a shoebox, you can create a customized organizer that fits your needs and adds a touch of creativity to your home or workspace. Get creative with the design and make it uniquely yours!

How to Make Things out of Cardboard Boxes - Step 2

Create a flower pot using a cardboard box

To make flower pots using a cardboard box, follow these simple steps:

  1. Gather your materials: you will need a sturdy cardboard box, scissors or a craft knife, a ruler, a pencil, and some adhesive or glue.

  2. Prepare the box: choose a cardboard box of suitable size for your desired flower pot. Ensure that the box is clean and free from any previous contents.

  3. Determine the size: decide on the desired height and width of your flower pot. Use a ruler and pencil to mark the measurements on the cardboard box.

  4. Cut the box: carefully cut along the marked lines using scissors or a craft knife. Take your time and make clean, straight cuts to ensure the box maintains its shape.

  5. Shape the pot: fold the cut cardboard flaps inward to create the shape of a pot. Press firmly along the folds to make them secure. You can also use adhesive or glue to reinforce the folds if needed.

  6. Add drainage holes: using a sharp object like a pencil or a hole punch, create small drainage holes at the bottom of the pot. These holes will allow excess water to drain out and prevent waterlogging.

  7. Decorate the pot: get creative and decorate your cardboard flower pot. You can paint it in your favorite colors, apply decorative paper or fabric, or use markers to add designs or patterns.

  8. Let it dry: if you've used paint or adhesive, allow the pot to dry completely before using it. Follow the instructions on the paint or adhesive product for the recommended drying time.

  9. Plant your flowers: once the pot is dry, fill it with soil and plant your desired flowers or plants. Ensure you choose plants suitable for container gardening and provide them with proper care and maintenance.

  10. Display and enjoy: find a suitable spot for your homemade cardboard flower pots. They can be placed indoors or outdoors, depending on the type of plants you have chosen. Admire your creative handiwork and enjoy the beauty of your blooming flowers.

By repurposing a cardboard box, you can create unique and eco-friendly flower pots that add a personal touch to your gardening experience. Get creative with different sizes and designs, and have fun experimenting with various plant varieties.

If you're interested in making your own flower pots, be sure to check out our other article, where we provide additional ideas and instructions on creating flower pots using cement.

How to Make Things out of Cardboard Boxes - Step 3

Create a costume using a cardboard box

Cardboard boxes are not only versatile, but also perfect for creating unique and budget-friendly costumes for Halloween or carnival. Follow these simple steps to make your own costume:

  • Choose a design: decide on the character or theme you want for your costume. Whether it's a Tetris character, a robot, or an astronaut, find some reference images to guide your design.

  • Select a suitable cardboard box: find a cardboard box that is large enough to fit your body comfortably. Make sure it's sturdy and in good condition.

  • Measure and cut: measure and mark openings for your head, arms, and legs on the box. Carefully cut out these openings using a box cutter or scissors. Remember to leave enough space for movement and comfort.

  • Paint and decorate: use acrylic paints or markers to paint the cardboard box in the colors and patterns of your chosen character. Add details and designs to make it more realistic and eye-catching. Let the paint dry completely.

  • Add straps or harnesses: attach two adjustable straps or harnesses to the inside of the box near the shoulder openings. These will help support the weight of the costume and allow you to wear it comfortably.

  • Try it on: put on the costume and adjust the straps or harnesses for a secure fit. Make sure you can move freely and comfortably while wearing it.

  • Personalize and accessorize: add any additional elements or accessories to complete the look. This can include masks, hats, gloves, or props that match your chosen character or theme.

Now you're ready to stand out at your next costume party with your homemade masterpiece! Get creative, have fun, and enjoy the process of transforming a simple cardboard box into an impressive and unique costume.

Do not miss the following article where we give you some ideas on how to throw the best costume party.

How to Make Things out of Cardboard Boxes - Step 4

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