How to Make Cardboard Doll Houses from Boxes for Girls & Boys

This is a very creative crafts project for children who want to make their very own doll house. It turns out great and it is made out of cardboard boxes. We will also show you how to make cool cardboard furniture for your house. This two-story doll’s house is extraordinarily easy to make. It takes shape quickly and yet it is so sturdy that you will be playing with it for months. You will have great fun furnishing the rooms with the simple but real-looking furniture.

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How to Make Cardboard Doll Houses from Boxes for Girls & Boys

CRAFTS MATERIALS NEEDED:

*2 corrugated cardboard boxes (both the same size and at least 10 inches by 10 inches by 12 inches)

*Gummed paper (or Scotch tape, or adhesive tape)

*If Your Parents Are Helping, Then a Sharp Knife That They Cut With WITH PARENTAL SUPERVISION

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*If no parents helping, use a scissor

*Pencil

*Ruler

*4 paper clips

*Crayons (or paints)

EASY INSTRUCTIONS FOR KIDS’ ARTS AND CRAFTS PROJECT

This two-story doll’s house is extraordinarily easy to make. It takes shape quickly and yet it is so sturdy that you will be playing with it for months. You will have great fun furnishing the rooms with the simple but real-looking furniture.

Step 1

Seal one carton closed on all sides with Scotch tape or whatever kind of sealing tape you have. Turn the box, so that the largest sides form the ceiling and floor.

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On one of the larger of the four walls, draw a box about 1/2 inch in from the edges, with your pencil and ruler. This box is shown by the solid colored lines in the picture above.

If your parents are helping, have them use a knife to cut along these lines….if not, try using a scissor to cut the cardboard. Push out the piece of cardboard and save it for further use. The picture above shows the colored part, which is removed.

Step 3

You will now be able to reach into the inside of the box. Cut away the two small flaps which are on the floor of the box. Leave the ceiling flaps as they are, but lay a few strips of gummed paper or scotch tape across the ceiling to keep the flaps from falling down.

Step 4







Now draw two small squares on the back wall—the wall opposite the cut-out side—for windows, as shown by the colored lines in the picture above. Cut these out. The ground floor of your house is now completed. Put it aside for the time being.

Step 5







Here’s how you make the second story: Seal only one side of the second box. The sealed side will be the floor of the second story. The open side will form the roof. In order to make a slanting roof, draw two lines on each of the small flaps, as shown by the colored lines in. Cut along these lines.

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Now stand the four flaps up and make them meet. The two long flaps will slant in and meet the slanted edges of the two smaller flaps, as you can see in the picture above. Seal the four flaps together where they meet. The top of the roof will still be open.

Step 7

Now take this box and cut the front wall and the windows in exactly the same way as you did with the first box. The windows of this second story should be directly above the windows of the first story.

Step 8








Before you close the opening in the roof, make the chimney out of one of the cut-out pieces of cardboard that you have saved. Cut it to about 5 by 10 inches. Then, with ruler and pencil, divide it into five equal parts, as shown by the colored lines in the picture above. Run your scissor lightly along these lines. Do not cut through the cardboard. Now you will be able to bend the cardboard neatly along these lines.

Step 9







The picture above shows you how to lay and paste the open flaps over each other.

Step 10







Now take the other piece of cardboard you have saved from one of the cut-out walls. Cut it to exactly the same size as the opening in the roof. Then cut a hole in it for the chimney, as you see in the picture above. Be careful not to cut this hole too large. It’s better if it’s a bit smaller than the chimney, for if you have to force the chimney into this hole, the chimney will stand upright.

Step 11







The picture above  shows the chimney in place. It also shows how you then place the top of the roof over the opening. Seal this rooftop in place with gummed paper.

The picture above also illustrates how you place one carton on top of the other with the windows of each story directly above each other. You attach the two stories together by pushing paper clips through the floor and ceiling.

Some of our next tutorials will be how to make some charming cardboard furniture and decorations for your new cardboard Doll House…take a look … Here is the Next Arts and Crafts Tutorial … Making Cardboard Doll House Furniture from Old Boxes

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Make Sewing Box with Step by Step Instructions for Mother’s Day

If your Mother or Grandmother is a big sewer, embroiderer, etc and has a lot of thread, needles, and other sewing supplies, then why not make them a sewing box? Sewing boxes make great Mother’s Day gifts as well as presents for birthdays and other special occasions.  Below you will find easy step by step instructions for putting together a great sewing box. Good luck.







Make Sewing Box with Step by Step Instructions : Make for Mom and Grandma for a Great Gift for Mother’s Day

CRAFTS MATERIALS YOU WILL NEED:

*empty shoe box

*heavy yarn or cord scraps of gift wrapping paper

*small boxes, of any size

*rubber cement, or other glue

*nail and hammer or paper punch scissors

*tape measure

*shellac

*brush

DIRECTIONS FOR MAKING SEWING BOXES:

Step 1







Glue decorative paper all over the shoe box and the cover in patchwork-quilt fashion. The scraps of paper can overlap one another, be upside down or right side up. Put a coat of shellac all over the box.

Step 2








Cover the insides and outsides of the bottoms of smaller boxes (a cheese box, kitchen match box, for instance) with scraps of gift wrapping paper also in patchwork-quilt fashion and see where they fit into the shoe box. Glue them into the box. They will hold yarn spools, small scissors, thimble, and other sewing tools.

Step 3







About 2 inches from the top of the box, in the middle of each side, punch out two holes about 3 inches apart, for the handles of the box. Pull through two lengths of heavy yarn or cord and on the inside make triple or quadruple knots. The box is then finished. If you have money to spare, buy some yarn spools, a thimble, a package of needles, and two or three skeins of embroidery yarn.

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Make Recipe Books for Recipes for Mom on Mother’s Day

What Mom or Grandmother doesn’t love getting a personalized recipe book? This one is so special too….It is completely filled with envelopes so your Mom or Grandma can put recipes that they find in magazines or books, and keep them all in one categorized place. Make this for Mother’s Day, for a gift on a birthday, or any other reason you have to show love to your family and friends. Have fun.







Make Recipe Books for Recipes for Mom on Mother’s Day

CRAFTS MATERIALS YOU WILL NEED:

*notebook, 8Y2 by 11 inches

*decorative paper

*2 pieces of ribbon, each 8 inches long

*glue

*colored pencil

*scissors

*tape measure

DIRECTIONS FOR MAKING RECIPE FILE BOOK:

Step 1







Paste two pages together on two sides (marked A and B in drawing) and leave side C open. Repeat this until you have 24
“envelopes” in the notebook. Mark each envelope with the kind of recipes to be kept there—Appetizers, Soups, Meats, Fish, Vegetables, Desserts, Drinks, Sandwiches, etc.

Step 2







Glue the pieces of ribbon onto the center of the back and front covers of the notebook.

Step 3







Glue decorative paper onto the covers. Cut the ends of the ribbon on the bias, to prevent fraying. You can make the same file for patterns, bills, or personal letters.







How to Make Eye Glasses Cases – Crafts Idea for Kids

Do you need a gift idea for Mom on Mother’s Day or Dad for Father’s Day or for somebody’s birthday? If your loved one or friend wears glasses, why not make them an eye glasses case? It is easy to make and you can personalize the case with the person’s name or initials. Find the easy to make crafts / sewing instructions below.







How to Make Cases for Eye Glasses  with Easy  Crafts Idea Instructions for Kids

CRAFTS MATERIALS THAT YOU WILL NEED:

piece of felt, about 6 by 7 inches package of paper for cleaning glasses gold, silver, or colored thread
scissors; tape measure; needle; chalk

EASY DIRECTIONS FOR MAKING EYE GLASS CASES

Step 1

Cut the felt into two pieces, 3 by 7 inches each.

Step 2


In the center of one of the pieces of felt, sketch with chalk, but very lightly, the initials of the person to whom you will give this gift. Embroider the initials with a chain stitch.

Tip : How to Sew Chain Stitch







Make a knot at the end of your thread. Put the needle in the fabric as for a running stitch. When the point is through and the eye is still out, bring the thread under the point of the needle. Then draw the needle all the way through to form a loop. For the next chain stitch, and those after that, put the needle in right next to the place where the thread came out, bring the thread under it again to form a loop, and continue doing so until the chain stitch is done.

Step 3







Sew the pieces of felt together on three sides with a blanket stitch. One side will remain unsewn, for the glasses to be put in.

Tip : How to Sew Blanket Stitch







To blanket stitch, make a knot at the end of your piece of thread. Put your needle in Y4 inch from the edge of the fabric, put the thread under the point of the needle and then pull the needle with the rest of the thread through. Repeat until finished.

Step 4







When you are finished, put in the case a package of Sight-Saver papers, sold in all drugstores and dime stores, so that the recipient of the gift can clean the glasses.

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How to Make Hanukkah Dreidel Gift Boxes Step by Step

Hanukkah is coming up this weekend and these dreidel gift boxes are just what you need to package up those presents for your family and friends. The cool thing about this project is that it turns into a fun dreidel game by just simply pushing a pencil through it. You can make these gift boxes as big as you need them to be as long as you have large sheets of paper. These Hanukkah dreidel gift boxes are  fun to make and they  look very beautiful as well.



How to Make Hanukkah Dreidel Gift Boxes Step by Step



How to Make Hanukkah Gift Boxes (That Can Also Be Dreidels with the addition of a pencil) : Arts and Crafts Activities for Kids for Kids, Teens, Preschoolers



Step 1 How to Make Hanukkah Dreidel Gift Boxes Step by Step






Craft materials required:

Scissors

Glue or Glue Stick

Ruler (if measuring out the box by hand)

Printer (if printing out template)

Marker

Tape

Watercolor paints (or poster paints, crayons, colored pencils, or markers)

paper, posterboard, or card stock

If Printing Out Template Then The Template is Below (This template is for 11 x 17 paper but you can reduce it to fit smaller paper but the box will be tiny) TO MAKE TEMPLATE BY HAND (FOR LARGER BOXES) SCROLL DOWN FOR FURTHER DIRECTIONS.



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USE THE TEMPLATE BELOW TO MAKE A BOX TEMPLATE BY HAND-DRAWN METHODS. The box illustrated below is for 3″x3″ squares…but you can change this to any number that is a square – such as 5″x5″.



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Cut Out the Template after you draw it (The above template doesn’t look like the one I told you to make but it worked just the same).



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Get your watercolors (or other coloring method) out and color each square a different color (you can color the top and bottom box too if you want. I decided that I liked the brown look on the top. Also write out each Hebrew letter in English (Nun, Gimel, Hey, and Shin). You can paint a black line between each color if you want, it isn’t necessary though.



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Draw each Hebrew letter and paint them white and outline them in black to make them stand out on top of the colored squares.

(From right to left the letters are as follow –  (Hey, Nun, Shin, Gimel).



How to Make Hanukkah Dreidel Gift Boxes Step by Step



This is a picture of my gift box before I folded it up. Fold at each line (so in between each square). Also fold at each tab…this is what we will glue the box together with. After folding at each line, the box will start to take shape, just glue together and tape closed until it dries.

TO MAKE GIFT BOX INTO A DREIDEL GAME

To make the gift box into a dreidel, just stick a sharpened pencil through the top and bottom of the box. You can do this before you put the gift in, or you can do it after the box is opened. Visit This site for Dreidel Game Rules. Have fun.

Hanukkah is coming up this weekend and these dreidel gift boxes are just what you need to package up those presents for your family and friends. The cool thing about this project is that it turns into a fun dreidel game by just simply pushing a pencil through it. You can make these gift boxes as big as you need them to be as long as you have large sheets of paper. These Hanukkah dreidel gift boxes are  fun to make and they  look very beautiful as well.



How to Make Hanukkah Dreidel Gift Boxes Step by Step



How to Make Hanukkah Gift Boxes (That Can Also Be Dreidels with the addition of a pencil) : Arts and Crafts Activities for Kids for Kids, Teens, Preschoolers



Step 1 How to Make Hanukkah Dreidel Gift Boxes Step by Step






Craft materials required:

Scissors

Glue or Glue Stick

Ruler (if measuring out the box by hand)

Printer (if printing out template)

Marker

Tape

Watercolor paints (or poster paints, crayons, colored pencils, or markers)

paper, posterboard, or card stock

If Printing Out Template Then The Template is Below (This template is for 11 x 17 paper but you can reduce it to fit smaller paper but the box will be tiny) TO MAKE TEMPLATE BY HAND (FOR LARGER BOXES) SCROLL DOWN FOR FURTHER DIRECTIONS.



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USE THE TEMPLATE BELOW TO MAKE A BOX TEMPLATE BY HAND-DRAWN METHODS. The box illustrated below is for 3″x3″ squares…but you can change this to any number that is a square – such as 5″x5″.



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Step 4 How to Make Hanukkah Dreidel Gift Boxes Step by Step







Step 5 How to Make Hanukkah Dreidel Gift Boxes Step by Step



HANUKKAH CRAFTS ACTIVITIES & IDEAS FOR JEWISH CHILDREN

It is almost Hanukkah time so check out Our Mega List of Hanukkah Crafts for KidsMega List of Crafts for Jewish Kids

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How to Make Halloween Lanterns for Spooky Halloween Decorations Crafts for Kids


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How to Make Halloween Lanterns for Spooky Halloween Decorations Crafts for Kids


Here’s a lantern that is a very easy arts and crafts Halloween activity for kids to make. And guess what- you can also use it to store your Halloween treats when you go trick-or-treating. So pick up an old plastic bottle and start making it right now…easy instructions follow below:

Materials required:

Plastic bottle

Thick black paper

Orange/yellow paper

Knife

Craft glue

Scissors


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Step 1

With an adult’s  help cut out the top of the plastic bottle.


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Step 2

Cover the plastic bottle by covering it with a rectanglular piece of black paper and rolling it around the plastic bottle. Cut out a rectangular piece of orange- yellow paper and stick it as shown, leaving about an inch of black showing on the top and bottom.


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Step 3

Cut out a strips of black paper long enough to go around the entire bottle and about 1/2 inch width.


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Step 4

Stick them around the bottle as shown


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Step 5

Cut some more pieces of black paper a little longer than the length of the bottle. Stick them as shown.


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Step 6

Cut out a piece of black paper about 1 ft long and i inch wide for the handle. Apply glue to the ends.


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Step 7

Insert it into the gap between the plastic and the first layer of black paper


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Use the lantern for decoration, or for carrying and storing treats.

More Spooky Halloween Crafts Projects for Kids

Use our Main Halloween Crafts for Kids Page to find some great spooky arts and crafts project ideas for kids to celebrate Halloween such as and some of our sub-pages:

Autumn Crafts

Bats & Vampires Crafts

Black Cats Crafts

Candy Corn Crafts

Ghosts Crafts

Gravestones Crafts

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Making Costumes Crafts

Halloween Pins Crafts

Haunted House Crafts Crafts

Trick-or-Treat Bags Crafts

Decorate Your Window Crafts

Pumpkins Crafts

Scarecrows Crafts

Skeletons Crafts

Spider Webs Crafts

Spooky Crafts Crafts

Halloween Costume Crafts Home Page

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How to Make Joker Costumes (Batman The Dark Knight)

How to Make Knight Costumes

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How to Make Mermaid Costumes

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Homework Organizer Crafts Project for Parents and Kids to Declutter Paperwork


Homework Organizer Crafts Project for Parents and Kids to Declutter Paperwork




How to Make a Homework Organizer to De-Clutter School Paperwork


My kids had their first day of school today. I spent the entire day cleaning and organizing the house because after an entire Summer of kids being at home, the entire house was a cluttered mess. After I finished de-cluttering my kitchen, I realized that as soon as the kids get home, my kitchen is going to get cluttered again within a week. Why? Because with school comes tons of school papers … homework, tests, crafts, artwork, notifications, and so much more … and all of these papers will pour into my house. I never know what to do with all of quickly growing stack of homework and school papers. I am afraid to throw things away for fear that either my children or me will need that paper soon. So I decided that I would create a school papers organizer. This school paperwork organization system is the craft that I will share with you today.


Crafts Materials Needed for Homework Organizer to De-Clutter School Paperwork


Crafts Materials Needed:

Cereal Boxes and other boxes in various sizes

Scissors

Glue or Glue Stick

Tape

Contact Paper

Wrapping Paper  or Construction Paper or Tissue Paper or Decorative Papers

Sharpie Markers (or other Permanent Markers)

Wipeable Markers

Step 1 – Planning Stage

The first step is to plan out how the boxes that you have will fit together to hold school papers and possibly folders and what ever other items that you will want to store in this schoolwork organization box. Cereal Boxes seem to be the perfecgt size to hold paper, but all cereal boxes come in many different shapes and sizes, so please make sure that looseleaf paper will fit in your cereal boxes too.

Plan out this craft and then make circles out of the tape

When you know where you want the boxes to lay, then loosely keep them in place by making tape loops (as seen above). This will hold the boxes in place long enough to tape the boxes in place more securely later.

Step 2 – Tape Boxes Together Securely


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Now, first of all, painting tape wouldn’t have been my first choice, but my kids are always stealing my tapes, so this blue tape is what I was stuck with. After you have loosely secured the boxes together with tape loops, then you can take tape and tape everything together more securely. You can see above that I didn’t go overboard, I just taped where tape was needed.

Step 3 – Cover / Wrap Your Boxes with Colored Paper


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Now it is time to cover your boxes with colorful paper. I have four kids, and I decided to use a different color for each child. I also tried to keep in mind what colors my boys would reject as being too girly. Attach the paper with glue or glue stick.

Step 4 – Cover with Contact Paper


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Now you can start covering the homework organization box with contact paper. The reason we are doing this is so that you can leave notes to each of your children…or they can leave notes to you. I also like covering the box with contact paper because it laminates and protects the surface of the box from spilled drinks and other liquids. Since this will be in my kitchen, I wanted to make sure that the surface was protected.

Step 5 – Label with Permanent Markers


Homework Organizer Crafts Project for Parents and Kids to Declutter Paperwork




Now you can use Permanent Marker, such as a Sharpie marker, to label the boxes. I put each of my children’s names on each of the boxes in big bubble letters to show each of them which box is theirs. Below my children’s names are notes to my children (or notes from my children to me) that is drawn on with a wipeable marker. Every day we can wipe off the wipeable marker to leave new messages to eachother. I wrote out on the middle box to show where they should pick up notes and papers that need to go back to school. You can set up this however you feel would work best for your family.

An extra that I decided to add to this project was to pick up 2 wipeable boards, which I picked up from the dollar store. Oone  is an empty wipeable task list and one is an empty wipeable calendar. I used hot glue to glue each of these to the side of the box. But really I could have just drawn the calendar and task list on the contact paper.

Good Luck. You might also like the last 2 blog posts that we did – How to Paint Your School BookBagHow to Use Sharpies to Decorate Your School BookBag

Here are More School Book Bags Crafts

Here are More School Book Bags Crafts

Decorate Your Binders and Notebooks Crafts

Decorate Your School Lockers

Make or Decorate Bulletin Boards / Tack Boards / Cork Boards

School Work Organization and Homework Organizers Crafts

How to Make and Decorate School Book Covers Crafts

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How to Make Keepsake Boxes to Keep Little Treasures Craft Activity for Kids


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How to Make Keepsake Boxes to Keep Little Treasures Craft Activity for Kids


I remember when I was a little girl, I really wanted to have my own keepsake box. There were so many things that I collected such as stones, shells and dried flowers.  There were little cards, little pictures and a few little treasures that I received from friends and family alike.  All of them had no where to really go in my room and I begged my mother for a wooden keepsake box.  Of course, with the demands of day to day life, my mother constantly forgot to purchase me a keepsake box and I never realized that I could make one myself.

That was until I got older. Then I realized that a keepsake box doesn’t have to be big and it doesn’t have to be wooden.  It can simply be a small treasure box that keeps the most important things you find.  This craft is one of those treasures.  It is easy to do and even preschool children can make their own keepsake box for their countless treasures and what is even better, it appeals to both boys and girls.

You can make the keepsake box as a present or keep it for your own treasures and you can personalize it in whatever way you want to.

Keepsake Boxes for Little Treasures : How your Child can make a Keepsake Box that is Personalized and Fun



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Gather all the Craft Supplies That You Will Need:

  • Magazines (You will want the glossy pictures for the box)
  • White Glue
  • Paint Brush
  • Box (I found mine at a dollar store but you can use a shoebox or a packing box.  What you want is a box with a lid)
  • Scissors


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1 – Flip through the magazines and find all the pictures that you will want.


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2 – Cut them out and try to avoid using straight edges so the finished product has more of a collage effect to it.   Also make sure that you cut out more pictures than you need.


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3 – Once you have everything made, take a small plastic container and mix the glue with a little bit of water.  Basically, you want to make a paste that is similar to paper mache with it so the glue should be watery but not to the point that it loses its color.


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4 – Now that you have everything ready, start with the first side of the lower box and arrange the pictures the way you want them.


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5 – Carefully glue them into place by adding a touch of glue to the bottom with the paint brush.  Seal the edges by running the paint brush filled with glue across the surface of the pictures and also across the box.

6 – Set it aside to allow time to dry. While you are waiting for the first side to dry, begin the lid.


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7 – Repeat the process of laying the pictures out and then gluing them.  Make sure you seal the edges by coating the top of the pictures and lid with the glue.  Set aside to dry.

8 – Once the glue has dried on the one side of the box, repeat the process until all four sides are finished,allowing them to dry in between each step so they don’t get pulled off or stuck to other surfaces.


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9 – When the box is complete, fill with all your treasures or give as a gift.

You can also use these little boxes as gift boxes for anyone.  People will love the idea and will treasure them just as much as the gift inside.

More Crafts Online That are Similar to This Crafts Project for Kids

Crafts with Boxes for Kids

Even More Crafts with Boxes for Kids

Cornerstone Crafts: Treasure/Jewelry Box – Popsicle stick treasure box or jewelry box that stands up well over time.  This project can be done as a gift for others (i.e. Mothers Day), or as a box for your own child to play with.

Virtual Kids’ Crafts: My Treasures! Box – They may have been marbles, rocks, treasures from the gumball machine; just about anything. But, there was nothing more fun than removing each treasure to look at it over and over again.  Today you’re going to create your own treasure box. You can use what you have around the house or you can purchase supplies from me and complete one like my daughter, Michele’s.

Give Your Next Gift in a Treasure Box! –  For kindergarten writers, all this glue squeezing and letter-practicing are invaluable kinesthetic boosts for early literacy.  Little hands need these workouts, and little kids also get a huge boost out of the shine and pizzazz they’ve created.  Expect an enjoyable time making it with your child, and then give it as a gift to a family member once you’re done.

Eco Friendly Crafts for Kids – A keepsake storage box which uses birthday/Christmas cards and a shoe box.    Children love to have secret boxes of their own and this one makes use of what would otherwise be waste.  There are three R’s to recycling and all the entries in our Green MacGyver eco friendly crafts for kids series will recognize the importance of “REUSE”.

Make a Credit Card Mailbox – My toddler LOVES getting the mail. He also loves pretending and putting stuff into holes/slots/crevices etc. To satisfy both of these hobbies, we made a little credit card mailbox!

Cardboard box castles – There are many ways to build a castle with children. Once I already made a small cardboard toy castle with my kids, but this time we wanted something more impressive. For our castle we collected cardboard boxes of different size, and toilet paper tubes. Using those building blocks, paint and some colored paper, we created this castle with floors, round towers, windows and a cone-shaped roof.

I Love to Create Kids: Recycled Craft Challenge! – Hey, Parents!  This week, I Love to Create is about getting your kids’ creative juices flowing. Kids love a challenge, so why not give them a crafty one?  With just a few supplies combined with some kitchen discards,  you’ve got an activity that’ll keep ’em guessing…and recycling!

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