14 DIY recycled cardboard crafts that will amaze your kids

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Sweet Airstream Camper Playhouse

Of all the cardboard crafts out there, this awesome airstream camper playhouse has to be one of the best ever! Amazingly, it’s not too tough to make either, using just recycled cardboard, a cutter, paint and duct tape – likely all items you already have lying around.

+ Sweet Airstream Camper Playhouse

+ The Merrythought On Pinterest

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Cardboard Pizza Box

Though simple, this cardboard craft is the perfect size for toddlers and will keep your little one occupied for hours, letting her pretend to assemble, cook and eat her pizza, then do it all over again.

+ Cardboard Pizza Box

+ Made by Joel On Facebook

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Life-size Maze

Talk about the ultimate play date or birthday party activity! This amazing life-size maze is insanely fun for kiddos and gets even better when you break out the paint, markers and stickers with which kids can decorate this creation (see decorated images of this maze here). No room for a life-size maze? No problem. Try out this much smaller cardboard maze your kids can make.

+ Life-size Maze

+ Play & Grow On Pinterest

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Mod Dollhouse

This modern looking cardboard dollhouse was designed with a Christmas theme, but it’s also perfect year-round, especially if you adjust the colors. The folks over at Mr. Printable have made it utterly easy for you to help your child make this little house with handy instructions and a free dollhouse template (pdf). If you like this dollhouse, also check out their awesome haunted house that can also be made with cardboard.

+ Mod Dollhouse

+ Mr. Printable On Instagram

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Makedo Windball

We’re huge fans of Makedo kits — products that allow you to make the most of recycled cardboard via recyclable plastic pins, hinges, clips, and a kid-safe cutting tool. With Makedo you can even make the giant windball shown above for your kids to kick around the park, or create a smaller one to decorate your home. Download free instructions at Makedo (pdf) or visit their Great Wall of Creations for even more awesome recycled cardboard project ideas.

+ Makedo Windball

+ Makedo On Pinterest

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Superhero Car & Reading Nook

This AMAZING cardboard creation doesn’t even look like cardboard and seems really tough to make. Luckily, it IS cardboard, and easier than you think to make. This car is super strong and can be climbed on, plus it was designed for reading! The back of the car has a sturdy shelf to hold books and the little seating area has a ledge for books to sit on. Plus, bonus, this is inexpensive to make and your kids will think you’re the superhero parent of the day for making it.

+ Superhero Car & Reading Nook

+ Cheri Heaton On Pinterest

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Corn Maze Marble Run

Celebrate the harvest season (or anytime of year) with a handmade, farm-inspired marble run. Gather up some cardboard, a marble and some recycled arts and crafts bits you already have lying around the house. You don’t have to do a farm theme either. Let your kids come up with their own marble run design idea and go nuts.

+ Corn Maze Marble Run

+ Apartment Therapy On Pinterest

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Cardboard Play Blocks

The blocks above were made by Tali Buchler for a community center, but you can get a free DIY download for the colorful building blocks and build your own fun playscape at home.

+ Cardboard Play Blocks

+ play-scapes On Pinterest

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Pirate Ship

Fun and imagination on the high seas is easy with this clever DIY cardboard pirate ship.

+ Pirate Ship

+ MollyMooCrafts On Pinterest

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Playhouse

One of the best cardboard crafts to make for kids is an indoor playhouse. Less expensive than wood and far more adaptable, you can pretty much design an ultimate dream playhouse with very little time and few materials. The playhouse above is simple, yet sweet inspiration, with cute touches like flowers and a mailbox.

+ Playhouse

+ Michelle DuPuis On Pinterest

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Life Size Gingerbread House

If you’re looking for more festive playhouse inspiration, check out the tutorial for the sweet gingerbread cardboard playhouse above. Bright and cheery, this cute playhouse was made with 4 large moving boxes and gummed reinforcement tape. Think outside the box and design your playhouse for your child’s favorite holiday, such as Halloween or Easter if you’d like.

+ Life Size Gingerbread House

+ Inner Child Fun On Pinterest

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Alligator Affirmation Box

This alligator affirmation box is packed with loving and empowering words for your child. Each day your child can pull a positive thought out of the gator’s mouth or use the gator for pretend jungle playtime.

+  Alligator Affirmation Box

+ Crayon Box Chronicles On Pinterest

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Cardboard Box Millennium Falcon

This amazing cardboard Falcon will impress both boys and girls alike who are obsessed with the Star Wars series.

+ Cardboard Box Millennium Falcon

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Cardboard Barbie House

This delightful and impressive Barbie house is based around cardboard, which is surprising considering all the design aspects this house has, including a working elevator and lights!

+ Cardboard Barbie House

+ ikat bag On Pinterest

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