by Stephanie C, Main Library
I sometimes get overwhelmed by the amount of waste we throw out each week. I try to recycle as much as possible, and I've started looking for more ways to reuse items before the recycle stage becomes necessary. There are so many containers that can be used again, like glass jars, and plastic take-out containers. Another material that has a lot of reuse potential is cardboard. You may find yourself with a bunch of cardboard boxes after the holidays. If you are looking for a fun project, and a way to put that cardboard back to work, here are some fun craft ideas.
This YouTube video from 5-Minute Crafts has a ton of neat ideas. Here are a few I thought were handy, but check them all out, especially if you are helping to entertain younger siblings.
#1 - Picture Frames
#2 - Phone Gaming Holder
#3 - Painting Easel
#4 - Drawer Organizer
#5 - Cell Phone Theater
#6 - Cell Phone Projector
#7 - Cell Phone Speakers
#8 - Secret Bookshelf Safe
#9 - Cardboard Cacti
This tutorial is spread out across a few pages on this website and there are lots of ads (sorry!). This link will take you to the first page, but make sure to look for the other pages to find the printable template, process photos, and some helpful tips.
#10 - Cat Houses
There are a bunch of amazing cardboard cat house tutorials out there. Here are two, one that's on the simple side, and one that has a bit more flair.
Crafting with cardboard usually requires sharp scissors and/or Xacto knives. Be careful, and get help if you need it. A pro tip my dad taught me: For big cuts especially, slice away from your body and always double check where your fingers are before you make the cut! Words to live by :)
Happy crafting & Happy New Year!
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