Kid-friendly cardboard DIY crafts for the holidays

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-Project by Cat Armstrong and Anna Stephens

The holidays are the perfect time to stay in and craft with your little ones. These crafts are simple, low cost , and offer tons of creative freedom for your kids! Grab your cardboard boxes and let’s get started! Read our tutorials below and watch our videos to see every step.

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This is the perfect craft to hang over any fireplace, staircase, or porch! You’ll want to buy a bit of fleece fabric and various winter accessories. Some of the things we used were ribbon, buttons, pom poms, mistletoe, winter berries, and sequins. Cut out a piece of cardboard in the shape of a mitten to act as the backbone of the mitten. Next, cut out shapes of the mitten in the fleece. The rest is up to you to decorate however you would like! Allow it to dry, then use clothespins to hang up on a string of yarn or twine.

Cardboard Ornaments

Your kids will love making their own ornaments to decorate the Christmas trees! These cost less than $5 each and are super simple.

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Ornament #1 and #2: Mitten and Candy Cane

First, cut out the shape of a mitten and a candy cane in cardboard. Next, cut a string of red and white yarn. Use hot glue to secure the place where you’ll begin. For the candy cane, wrap the string around the entire candy cane shape. For the mitten, wrap the string around the cardboard until you cover the thumb portion of the shape, then cut the string. Hot glue where you began again, and keep wrapping until the mitten is completely covered in yarn. Hook a paperclip in the yarn or glue a paperclip on the back.

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Ornament #3: Christmas Tree

You only need small green pom poms for this cute little ornament. Cut out a simple Christmas tree shape in cardboard. Then, simply hot glue the poms in a row, including along the sides in order to completely cover the tree. Glue a paper clip on the back and hang it up! How sweet!

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Ornament #4: Flashy Star

For those of you who like a little bling, this is for you. Just cut a star shape in cardboard, then cover with glue adhesive spray. Lay it in glitter and shake off excess glitter. Spray it again, then lay it in sequins. Who doesn’t love double-layered sparkle?

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Merry Christmas from all of us at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. We hope you enjoyed our DIY tutorials. If you are in need of boxes for your next DIY, stop by your local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise and choose from our wide variety of box sizes. Tag us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram if we inspired you to make a craft so we can see your final product!

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Budget-friendly projects to give your home instant curb appeal

Written by Jessy Howe

It’s officially spring which means the only thing many of us want to do is get outside to enjoy the sunshine, breathe in the fresh air, and begin working around the house. Thanks to this wonderful time of year, we’ve compiled our favorite budget-friendly project ideas to give your home instant curb appeal!

Update your front door

Give your home an easy update by putting a fresh coat of paint on the door. This is a much easier update than repainting your entire home and selecting a bright, fun door color can easily transform your look.

Blue front door
Courtesy of  Beneath My Heart
Yellow front doorCourtesy of  By Stephanie Lynn

Detail the garage

Add simple hardware for extra detail or channel your inner Joanna Gaines and build a pergola. Go big or go home, right?

Pergola over garageCourtesy of  Better Homes & Gardens
New garage hardwareCourtesy of  Coach House Accents

Welcome in your guests

And yourself for that matter. Decorate your porch space by hanging a wreath or welcome sign, setting out flower pots, replacing your old door mat, cleaning your door, and touching up paint if needed.

Front porch make overCourtesy of  Lonny.com
Front porch decorCourtesy of  Frugal Coupon Living

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Add shutters

Spruce up those boring windows by adding nice, new shutters. If you’re feeling extra ambitious, add flower boxes for good measure.

Wooden exterior window shutters
Courtesy of  Hometalk
Window shutters
Courtesy of  Southern Living

Refresh your house numbers

There are so many great creative takes on freshening up your house numbers. Smaller details, as shown in the photos below, can make all the difference.

Statement house numberCourtesy of  Sprezzatura-Eleganza
House numbersCourtesy of  Family Focus Blog

Plant flowers

Perhaps one of the easiest and cheapest things you can do is plant flowers and spruce up your landscaping. Before purchasing flats of flowers or potted plants, be sure to think about where you’d like them so you know if you’ll be buying for full sun or partial shade.

Front lawn flowersCourtesy of  Garden Gate Notes
Potted flowersCourtesy of  The Friendly Home

Edge your flower beds

Use stones, bricks, or timber to close in your flower beds. This will give your landscaping a fresh clean look and you’ll protect your flowers while mowing the lawn.

Flower bed surrounding tree
Courtesy of  Hometalk
Edged flower bed
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Light your space

Not only is this a functional improvement, but it looks great in the evenings along your walkways and on the porch.

String porch lightsCourtesy of  Liz Marie Blog
Solar garden lightsCourtesy of  gardeners.com

Make a statement

Here is where things can get fun. Statement yard and garden art has been a long time favorite by many and if you’ve been dying to try it, this is your moment.

Garden bicycle planterCourtesy of  Hymns & Verses
Garden tree stumpsCourtesy of  Glamshelf

With these ideas, you’ll find a renewed love for your home and want to show off its mini makeover to all your friends and family! For more curb appeal inspiration follow us on Pinterest and like us on Facebook. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward!