9 DIY Ways to Reuse Cardboard Boxes

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9 DIY Ways to Reuse Cardboard Boxes

January 09, 2020
posted by Mindy Stumpf

The holidays are over and that means one thing…the fun is just beginning! We hope your little ones had a blast unwrapping their Radio Flyer toys to find loads of adventures and smiles packed inside. Before you go into spring cleaning mode, don’t throw away those cardboard boxes just yet! Did you know cardboard boxes make the perfect imagination starters? Whether you call it upcycling, reusing, or simply being crafty, these 9 DIY ideas for your leftover boxes will keep the play going well into the New Year – perfect inspiration for your family’s #PledgeToPlay!

  1. With your box, you can create a far-away land right in your living room! You could make a castle, a dog house or even an entire playhouse with a few leftover boxes.
  1. For a smaller scale adventure, this cardboard city is a super fun way to incorporate some color into your DIY fun. Use construction paper, markers and tissue paper for an added pop of color.
  1. If you live in a warmer climate, why not create a classic lemonade stand? Or, if you’re experiencing a mild winter, why not switch things up and try a hot chocolate stand? Little ones will have a blast designing their own cardboard sign. Plus, your wagon is the perfect tool for transporting all your ingredients…and holding all the earnings! While social distancing measures are in place, you can host your stand in your own house for the whole family to enjoy.
  1. Creating art with your leftover cardboard is the perfect way to use up scraps that might get otherwise thrown away. These cardboard apple trees are a fun art project for older kids.
  1. These DIY blocks are fun and oh so easy. Wrap boxes of any size in construction paper and let your little ones draw fun designs for stacking fun. Or, for parents and grandparents looking to get rid of extra holiday wrapping paper, look no further!
  1. Make some music with this adorable cardboard guitar. If you have multiple kids, each can make their own to match their style. You’ll have the family band you always dreamed of.
  1. A set of Radio Flyer wheels is the perfect vehicle for creativity and imagination. Use a box and turn yours into a rocket, a train, a boat…anything your little one can dream of!
  1. Leftover boxes can become a play kitchen in no time.
  1. Create a boxtume! A box costume can be anything you want it to be. All you need are some scissors, glue, and markers to turn a box into a fun costume.


We hope these ideas keep your imagination flowing and little ones playing! Show us your creations by using #radioflyer on social media.