Cardinal Cardboard Craft

My love of cardboard crafts with yarn keeps growing. This brilliant idea comes from I Heart Crafty Things, I just added the pipecleaner legs. MATERIALS Old, clean corrugated cardboard, about 10″ x 5″ rectangles Bird template (PDF shared here) Yarn Utility scissors Felt, black and yellow Googly eye Feathers Craft glue Pipe cleaners Decorative string Embroidery needle DIRECTIONS PREP: I cut a bird shape for each student as it takes a sharper scissors than … Read More

Halloween Lettering with Tape

Here’s a Halloween craft idea to make some scary signage. There is something about torn tape that just makes the coolest looking letters. The more uneven and lopsided they are, the better.  MATERIALS Old corrugated cardboard Old paper cutter recommended White tempera tape Black Black tempera paint Orange or red painters tape, 1″ wide DIRECTIONS PREP: I chopped up old corrugated cardboard boxes with a paper cutter, and offered kids either square or rectangular … Read More

Treehouse Crafts

I’ve been experimenting with more dimensional after school classes, and am happy to report that my kids seem to love it. When my students made these tree houses, they got so involved in decorating them they worked right through the last minute of class. MATERIALS Cardboard Paper cutter (heavy duty type) Corrugated cardboard Craft sticks (narrow and long type) Match sticks Craft glue Masking tape DIRECTIONS NOTE: There was a bit of prep work … Read More

Art Box Portfolios

 Still looking for a good way to store lots of student artwork? I found this pizza box solution years ago. Just fold them inside out to get a plain brown box. Out kinder teachers keep them until spring and then send them home at Open House. A tried and true system for over five years. MATERIALS Pizza boxes, I like 14″ Black chisel tip marker for names Templates Markers (Crayola Metallic Markers look great … Read More

Cardboard Angler Fish

Once again I have to give credit to an amazing site called Krokotak.com. This Angler fish project is just too clever with its underbite, spike teeth and pipe cleaner antennae. MATERIALS 16″ square of cardboard cut in half Paper cutter, old school style with arm that can chop (recommended) Utility scissors Black Sharpie marker, chisel tip Tempera cake paints Pipe cleaner Food skewers DIRECTIONS PREP: Use a paper cutter to cut rectangles that are … Read More

Cardboard Kittens

I keep finding the most original new ideas at this site called Krokotak.com. They seem to have a knack for collecting really original ideas, which is not easy these days. I love how this project lets artists of all ages use yarn in a creative way. I tried this in my art camp which has kinder through 4th graders, and they all loved customizing their little cardboard kitties. MATERIALS Corrugated cardboard, 3.5″ x 7″ … Read More

Big Cardboard Numbers

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 These big cardboard numbers were for my school’s culmination ceremony. Lucky for me, all materials were already on hand, but if you had to buy the plaster bandages, I used about 4 rolls which I think would run you about $35 or so. MATERIALS • Old cardboard • Xacto knife • Mini plastic cups • Craft glue • Plaster bandages • Scissors • Assorted acrylic paint   DIRECTIONS I think the photos say it … Read More

Cardboard Cutaway House: Making Beds

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I can’t believe how my students are eating this Cardboard Cutaway House project up! To date I have over 40 kids making these after school, and today they worked on making beds from popsicle sticks, chip board and stationary paper. Now granted, I prepped the bed pieces by cutting them out ahead of time (hey, I have even 5 year-olds) but I loved how they ended up figuring out on their own how to … Read More

Cardboard Cutaway House Update

Wallpaper Day for our Cardboard Cutaway Houses. Lucky for me, I knew that you can buy all kinds of pretty patterned paper at the craft stores, and best of all, they come in 12″ squares. I left some full size for the backs, and then cut lots of 4″ panels so kids could just concentrate on gluing. MATERIALS (TO DATE) • Cardboard squares, 12″ (from local Box City) • Paper cutter • Masking tape … Read More

Cutaway Cardboard House

Here’s a new after school class that I just started, what I call a Cutaway Cardboard House. I bought lots of 12″ cardboard squares from my local box company, and precut the panels so all the kids had to do in the first class was tape, tape, tape. They loved it! I had a room full of kinder through 3rd graders who happily assembled their houses for a full 45 minutes. My diagram for … Read More

Cheap Art Supplies at NAEIR

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I recently found an amazing site that has some really cheap art supplies, among many other things. NAEIR offers official organizations access to thousands of brand new, high-quality products for a fraction of retail cost. NAEIR is a non-profit that takes in donations from corporations, and passes the savings on to groups that are dedicated to helping others. Can you believe I bought all these rolls of Scotch Masking tape for just $5.50? The … Read More

Paper Mache Cardboard Letters

You can make your own paper mache cardboard letters and help recycle some trash at the same time. No need to buy those expensive premade ones from the store, homemade is so much better. MATERIALS • Corrugated cardboard, about two 12″ squares for each letter • Styrofoam cups • White glue • Masking tape • Paper mache • Acrylic paint DIRECTIONS PREP: Prepare mache, see recipe below. 1. My son’s letter is about 9″ … Read More

Mayflower Ship Craft Project

You can learn how to make a Mayflower Ship, using just a few inexpensive craft supplies and a leftover coffee sleeve. I must give credit for this clever ship idea to Parenting Magazine. I loved how realistic it looked on their website, it just didn’t come with any instructions. I did my best to simplify the pieces and directions, and have come up with this tutorial. I personally am a fan of the Starbucks … Read More

Corrugated Owls

These little corrugated owls will give students a chance to practice their paper rolling skills, and a bit of patience with craft glue as shapes may need to be held together for a moment before they set. MATERIALS • Roll of corrugated cardboard • Scissors • Aleene’s Quick Dry Craft Glue • Black beans   DIRECTIONS PREP: Use a paper cutter to make strips Small Owl Eyes: 1/2″ wide x 6″ long Small Owl … Read More

Gold Rush Covered Wagon

Love it when old rolls of corrugated cardboard turn out to make the perfect cover for a wagon. Best of all, the curve is already built in.   MATERIALS • Corrugated cardboard • Corrugated cardboard roll • Wooden skewers • Template for 2″ circle wheels • Adult scissors • Masking tape • Craft glue DIRECTIONS PREP: Use a paper cutter to cut cardboard rectangles to make a 3″ x 5.5″ wide wagon, that is 2″ … Read More

Cardboard Treehouse

I’ve been experimenting with more dimensional after school classes this school year, and am happy to report that my kids seem to love it. On Friday they made these tree houses, and got so involved in decorating them they worked right through the last minute of class. MATERIALS Cardboard Paper cutter (heavy duty type) Corrugated cardboard Craft sticks (narrow and long type) Match sticks Craft glue Masking tape DIRECTIONS NOTE: There was a bit … Read More

Halloween Cardboard Signs

A Pinterest posting inspired this idea for my after school Cardboard Crafts class today. There is something about torn tape that just makes the coolest looking letters. The more uneven and lopsided they are, the better.  MATERIALS Old corrugated cardboard Old paper cutter recommended White tempera tape Black Black tempera paint Orange or red painters tape, 1″ wide DIRECTIONS PREP: I chopped up old corrugated cardboard boxes with a paper cutter, and offered kids … Read More

Little Cardboard Houses

If you like to recycle, have a good old fashioned papercutter and more time than money, this project is for you. I did it today after school, where this lovely little house was made by 3rd grader Lily G.   1. I found clean corrugated cardboard boxes and precut the 6 pieces for each student as shown above. A big old chopping-style paper cutter is the only way to go, I believe. 2. Students … Read More

Cardboard Crowns

This is what my students made today in their after school Cardboard Craft class. Who knew that plastic rhinestones and cardboard could look so cute? 1. I found a roll of corrugated cardboard at my local moving supply store, Box City.  I chose the 3″ width, but they had many more. I cut a generous band for each student. 2. While it was flat, students cut triangles from extra cardboard and glued them to … Read More

Cardboard Houses 2D

I never throw away the backs of all those pads of paper, so when I decided to have a cardboard craft class after school, I didn’t have to look far for supplies. 1. I precut the house shape (8″ x 11″) on a cutter, and the roof (5.5″ x 9″). Students used white glue to attach them. 2. Lots of strips of different colors of cardboard allowed for students to cut squares and smaller … Read More

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