Top 10 Great Cardboard Craft-Off entries

A prom dress, ukulele, a Ferrari, and robot costumes?! These were just a few of the more than 100 entries received during our Great Cardboard Craft-Off social media contest! We encouraged participants to think outside the box and challenged them to transform cardboard in a way we’d never seen before. We’ve upcycled plenty of old moving boxes throughout our 30 years in business, creating everything from Halloween costumes to Valentine’s Day and Christmas crafts, but the entries we received this summer took creativity to a whole new level.

Thanks to the help of our three contest judges and DIY gurus, Lynn at Pocketful of Paint, Chelsea at Making Home Base, and Haeley at Design Improvised, three winners were selected!

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Great Cardboard Craft-Off 1st place

Great Cardboard Craft-Off 1st place

Great Cardboard Craft-Off 3rd place

Congratulations to our three grand prize winners! With so many creative entries, we wanted to showcase those whose scores were high enough to land them in the top 10. In no particular order, enjoy the remaining seven below!

578e3f079f111-imageRachel H. – A pink and mint green ice cream truck play prop and photo booth for Millie’s 3rd birthday party!
Cardboard Craft-Off entryTresha A. – A Victorian Rose Gold Lamp Shade. Made out of cardboard and draped with clear acrylic beads. Used fabric paint to create texture/swirl design and lamp kit to add light. The base is geometrically shaped.
Cardboard Craft-Off entryVictoria O. – It may be too hot in Texas for real outdoor camping, but this vintage cardboard Airstream is just the cure for the summertime blues! My 4 year old and I created this retro camper complete with a working door and a custom sunroof (“it’s too dark in here mommy!”) out of recycled moving boxes to go with his woodland themed room. We definitely earned our merit badges in the art of duct tape with this one.
Cardboard Craft-Off entryJennifer W. – An all cardboard 1:48 scale dollhouse and moving truck! As you can tell by the truck and boxes, this family is just now moving in. Some of the furniture has made it upstairs,while some is gathered in the front room as the movers from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK diligently bring everything inside. A figure that would live in this house would by 1.5 inches tall. This house, truck and all accessories are made entirely out of cardboard, craft glue and varnish. The curtains are corrugated cardboard and everything else is cardboard from the backs of recycled notebooks.
Cardboard Craft-Off entryBrendan R. – This is replica of a Ferrari 308 as seen on the greatest television show of all time, Magnum P.I. I built this for the 2016 Monument Avenue 10K in Richmond, VA. It is a multimedia piece, but the bulk of it is constructed from re-purposed cardboard. Aloha!
Cardboard Craft-Off entryLiz R. – I joined a 3D construction class when I was a new kid to a new school as a way to meet new friends. What I found instead was a love of making life size cardboard instruments and so much more. This was my first piece, a ukulele made to scale measuring 19”x6.5”x2.5”, height/width/depth. I used cardboard and glue to create the very sturdy piece, then added strings, frets, a bridge, and decoration. I still have it, and it goes with me to college as a reminder to never stop creating art that makes me happy and proud.
Cardboard Craft-Off entrySherl J. – A fun and inviting cardboard stove to bring out the skills in your little chef.

Thank you to all who shared their crafty talent and entered the Great Cardboard Craft-Off! To stay up-to-date on upcoming contests and happenings, be sure to like us on Facebook and subscribe to our blog.

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Valentine’s Day crafts in 4 steps or less!

Written by Jessy Howe

DIY Valentine's Day Door wreath
Show your love this Valentine’s Day by creating easy homemade crafts and decorations! Making homemade crafts can be a fun and inexpensive family activity. These crafts are all upcycled from old moving boxes, meaning all you really need is craft paper, glue and stickers, and you’re ready to go. If you are in need of boxes, we are here to help! TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has a variety of boxes tailored to your needs that can be purchased at a location near you!

Below are four easy, do-it-yourself Valentine’s Day craft tutorials!

Kid’s Valentine’s Day card box

DIY Valentine's Day kids card box
Personalize your child’s Valentine’s Day card box for their school party by using one of our Truckie’s Treasure Chest boxes. These boxes are simple to assemble and have handles to make for easy transportation to and from school. You can purchase this at any TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® location or order one online for just a few bucks!

Supplies: Kid's Valentine's Day craft box supplies

1 Truckie’s Treasure Chest box
Craft paper
Stickers
Hot glue gun
Box cutter
Scissors

Step 1: Assemble your box and place the handles into the open spaces on the side. Next, use a box cutter to make a slot on the top for Valentines to be dropped in.

Step 2: Have your child cover the box in craft paper of their choice. Use a hot glue gun or tape to secure the paper to the box.

Step 3: It’s time to personalize! Let your child personalize their card box with stickers, paper hearts, ribbon, and anything else they wish.

 

Sweetheart garland

Valentine's Day sweetheart garland
Spruce up your home by creating a classic conversation heart garland to hang in your home. I’m in love with how this turned out!

Supplies:

1 small TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® box
Acrylic craft paint
Sponge paint brushes
Red stickers or a red marker
Ribbon
Box cutter
Hole punch
Heart stencils
Pencil

Step 1: To make this simple, we decided to do a quick online search and print heart stencils. Trace as many hearts as you’d like to have on your garland and use your box cutter to carefully cut them out.

Step 2: Now that your cardboard hearts are cut out, it’s time to paint. We stuck to the classic candy heart colors but your options are endless! Also, I would recommend doing two coats of paint for the best results.

Step 3: After the paint is fully dry, use your hole punch on each side of the heart. String your ribbon through the holes and behind each heart to put your garland together. At the back of the first and last heart, tie a knot in the ribbon to keep them from slipping off.

Step 4: Use your creativity and think of fun sayings to put on each heart! We used red stickers for accuracy and to save time but a red permanent market can work just as well.

 

Valentine’s Day door wreath
DIY Valentine's Day door wreath

Greet your guests with love by creating a paper heart door wreath!

Supplies:Valentine's Day door wreath supplies

1 small box
Craft paper
Sticker letters
Ribbon
Hot glue gun
Pencil
Scissors
Box cutter

Step 1: Trace a large circle onto your box with a second circle inside it. Use your box cutter to cut out the inside circle as well as the large circle, leaving you with a base for your wreath. Keep in mind this does not have to be perfectly shaped and it is okay to have jagged edges as you will be covering it up.

Step 2: Cut out various sized hearts from your craft paper and begin gluing them down to your cut out circle. Continue doing this until you are satisfied with your wreath.

Step 3: We added a “LOVE” banner to the top to make it extra festive. After you are happy with the look of your wreath, use your hot glue gun to secure ribbon to the back of your wreath.

 

Tic-tac-toe board

DIY Valentine's Day tic -tac-toe board

A fun twist on a classic game can entertain your kids for hours … okay, maybe 15 minutes but you have to admit, it is fun!

Supplies:

1 small box (Or a remaining side from the box used in previous crafts)
Colored paper
Glue
Marker
Scissors

Step 1: Cut a large heart out to act as your tic-tac-toe game board. Cover this heart in colored paper.

Step 2: Cut smaller hearts out of craft paper in two separate colors. You will want to cut 5 hearts in each color.

Step 3: Draw your board game lines onto the heart and play!

 

We hope we’ve given you some fun DIY ideas to create this February! For more box inspiration, follow us on Pinterest! If you create any of these crafts, we’d love to see them! Tag us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

 

 

 

5 simple tutorials for DIY cardboard holiday crafts

Written by Jessy Howe

Decorating doesn’t have to be expensive… or difficult! With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, take some time to unwind and create simple DIY holiday crafts on a little or no budget! Plan an evening with the girls to make fun holiday décor or set aside time with your children and make it a family night. Our 5 DIY holiday crafts are the perfect addition to your home or can be gifted away. Yes, they look that good!

Holiday card holder

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Rather than let your holiday cards stack up on the counter among your mail, display them beautifully on a tree-shaped card holder!

Supplies:

1 large box
Green and brown felt squares (we bought the ones with adhesive on the back!)
Ribbon
Mini clothes pins
Box cutter
Hot glue gun

Step 1: Draw out the shape of your tree in pencil and use your box cutter to cut it out. I’d recommend working on carpet to avoid scratching any surfaces or tile.

Step 2: Use your green adhesive felt squares to cover your tree, trimming off the areas that overhang. Use your brown felt square to cover the tree trunk.

Step 3: Wrap your ribbon across the tree so it looks like garland, gluing the ends to the backside of the cut out. Be sure the ribbon is not too loose or your cards will weigh it down causing it to sag. You will also want to attach ribbon on the back to easily hang your card holder.

Step 4: Use your mini clothes pins to begin attaching your cards!

 

Modern tree display

Light trees cropped

Let me just start with this: even for the “not-so-crafters” it is impossible to fail at this project and it takes all of 20 minutes to complete. Boom, crafting win!

Supplies:

1 medium box
Box cutter
Christmas lights

Step 1: Draw various-sized triangles on your box to resemble trees. Use your box cutter to cut them out.

Step 2: Poke holes through the cardboard, but be sure they aren’t too large.

Step 3: Poke the ends of your Christmas lights through the holes and display in your home! You can include other elements to set a scene or place it with some greenery in front of a fireplace, get creative!

 

JOY door hang

Welcome your holiday visitors with a festive door! The beauty of this is you can spell anything you want, for example your last name. However I will warn, although this is by no means difficult, it is more time consuming than I thought it would be. But being greeted by it each time I arrive home makes it well worth it.

Supplies:

1 small box
Box cutter
One bundle of yarn (depending on the length of your word)
Ribbon
Hot glue gun
Any other accents you want to add
Step 1: Trace and cut out the letters of what you would like to spell.

Step 2: Begin wrapping your letters in yarn occasionally using hot glue on the front and back to ensure it is secure.

Step 3: Add any accents you would like. I couldn’t resist these metallic snowflakes!

Step 4: Attach ribbon to the back of your letters and hang on your doorway! I also think these letters would be great to sit on top of a mantle if you prefer to display them in your home.

 

Holiday garland

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This DIY is great because it is so versatile. It is perfect to string around your tree, hang across your window, or incorporate into your holiday tablescape.

Supplies:

1 small box OR the remaining box flaps from any of the crafts above
Scissors
Glitter
Ribbon
Hot glue gun

Step 1: Trace and cut out the shapes you wish to have on your garland. To help, you can either print images from your home computer and cut around them or use cookie cutters to trace the shapes.

Step 2: After you cut your shapes out, poke small holes through them to string your ribbon through. I decided to double up on the ribbon to get a little more colorful.

Step 3: Use your hot glue gun to dot your shapes and cover with glitter and you’re finished. I chose to add the glitter accent to both sides of my cut outs.

 

Glitter snowflakes

Giant glittered snowflakes hanging from your ceiling, what could be better? These make a beautiful addition above your tree, dinner table, and really anywhere in your home!

Supplies:

1 medium box
Box cutter
Spray adhesive
Glitter
Clear elastic

Step 1: Trace a snowflake pattern or create your own and cut out.

Step 2: Spray your cutout with spray adhesive from 6-8 inches away. It is best to do this in a well ventilated or outside area.

Step 3: Cover your snowflake in glitter! Repeat this on the other side and let them dry.

Step 4: Hang your snowflakes using clear elastic to give them a floating effect.

We hope you’ve enjoyed these fun DIY holiday crafts! If you are in need of boxes, we are here to help! TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has a variety of boxes tailored to your needs that can be picked up at a location near you.

For more box inspiration, follow us on Pinterest! If you create any of these crafts, we’d love to see them! Tag us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Use your old moving boxes as Halloween costume inspiration!

Written by Jessy Howe

The pumpkins have been carved, seeds have been cooked, the house décor could be featured in a magazine, and the family is ready for Halloween. Well, almost! You still need to figure out the costumes!

We’ve created some fun and inexpensive DIY costumes out of moving boxes for you and your family to try this Halloween.

Jeopardy Contestant

Who doesn’t wish they won big bucks on a game show? Create this easily recognizable Jeopardy contestant stand in six simple steps!Jeopardy Box

Supplies:

  • 1 Dish pack box
  • Black spray paint
  • Blue construction paper
  • Red construction paper
  • White printer paper
  • Elastic or string
  • White craft marker
  • Stapler
  • Tape
  • Box cutter or scissors

Step 1: Use a box cutter to remove the flaps from both the top and the bottom of the box.

Step 2: Spray paint the box black and let fully dry.

Step 3: Use your red construction paper to create a dashed line across the top front of your box to act as your buzzer light.

Step 4: Next, print out the dollar amount you’ve won! Cut out the numbers and tape them on blue construction paper. Use tape to place your winning amount under your red buzzer lights.

Step 5: Use your white craft marker to write your name on a sheet of blue construction paper. Tape this below your winning amount.

Step 6: Lastly, use a stapler to attach elastic to the front and back of the box to rest your contestant stand comfortably over your shoulders.

House from the movie “Up”

If you are looking for a unique costume this Halloween, you’ve found it. We paired a bunch of balloons with a large box to create the house from the popular Disney Pixar film, “Up”. If you have a group who will be going together, you can play off of this theme and dress others up as characters from the film.UP House Boxtume

Supplies:

  • 1 Large box
  • Craft paint in variety of colors
  • Paint brushes or craft sponge brushes
  • Ribbon
  • Multicolored balloons
  • Box cutter or scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Tape
  • Stapler
  • Markers
  • Elastic or string

Step 1: Use a box cutter to remove the flaps from both the top and the bottom of your box.UP costume 4

Step 2: Use your pencil and ruler to section off the different areas that will need to be painted. You can also draw out your windows and door at this time to making painting easier.

Step 3: Using craft paint, begin painting your house. We used an image of the Up house for reference. Once the paint is fully dry, use markers to draw the details on the house such as the lines of the siding, roof, and door knob.

Step 4: Use one of the removed box flaps and attach it to the front of your box with a hot glue gun to act as the roof of the house. Lean the flap slightly toward your body to replicate the look of a roof.

Step 5: Next cut a triangle with extended bottom edges to become the top right yellow portion of the house. Cut a strip of cardboard from the leftover flaps and fold it in half to create the roof for this section.

Step 6: Repeat step 3 a second time but much smaller to create the top left space of the house. Hot glue this to the left side of the roof.

Step 7: Cut one rectangle panel from a leftover box flap and trifold it. This will become the front green area of the house. Glue the panel to the bottom right of the house. Then attach the yellow portion of the house you created in step 3 on top of this.

Step 8: Use a stapler to attach elastic to the front and back of the box to rest your costume comfortably over your shoulders.

Step 9: Lastly, attach a bundle of helium filled balloons to the back and off you go!

Presidential Candidate Stand

With the 2016 Presidential election fast approaching, a popular Halloween costume is sure to include the candidates. IMG_9044Prepare to debate about who took home the best Halloween loot in this DIY presidential candidate stand.

Supplies:

  • 1 Large box
  • Black spray paint
  • Black pipe cleaners
  • Black craft pom pom
  • Elastic
  • Tape
  • Stapler
  • Hot glue gun
  • Box cutter
  • Presidential party logo printed out

Step 1: Use a box cutter to remove the flaps from both the top and bottom of your Democrat stand 6box to create your podium.

Step 2: Spray paint the box black and let it fully dry.

Step 3: Print the logo of your presidential party and tape it to the front of your podium.

Step 4: Create your microphone using the pipe cleaners and pom pom. Use a hot glue gun to attach this to the inside front of your box and position it toward yourself.

Step 5: Use a stapler to attach elastic to the front and back of the box to rest your costume comfortably over your shoulders.

Step 6: Top it off by wearing a suit (and wig if needed!). And don’t forget your flag pin!

Beanie Baby Pet

If your furry family member will be joining you for the Halloween fun, we also have a costume idea for them! This classic costume takes no time to make and avoids small pieces, making it safe for pets.Pet costume 3

Supplies:

  • 1 small box or leftover box flap
  • Box cutter
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick or tape
  • Ribbon or string
  • Hole punch
  • Print out of the Ty Beanie Baby logo

Step 1: Print out the Ty Beanie Baby logo at a size that best fits your pet.

Step 2: Cut out the logo and lay it on your cardboard. Trace around the heart with a pencil.

Step 3: Next cut out the heart you’ve just traced on the cardboard.

Step 4: Use a glue stick or tape to put your printed out logo onto the cardboard heart

Step 5: Use a hole punch near the top of the heart. Loop ribbon or string through and tie a knot at the end. Slip comfortably over your pet’s head and you’re done!

We hope you’ve enjoyed these fun DIY box costumes! If you decide to create any, we’d love to see them! You can tag us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using #TMTHalloween.

For more box inspiration, visit us on Pinterest!

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