15 Creative and Cool Cardboard Crafts!

DIY projects to make out of cardboard

15 Cool Cardboard Crafts

Ready for some cool cardboard crafts? From wall art to shoe racks to decorative headboards, we have rounded up some of the most clever ways to upcycle an old cardboard box into something useful and chic for your home. Feeling inspired to try your hand at a cardboard crafting project? Grab a box and start crafting!

15 Cool Cardboard Crafts to Make from a Box

If there is one thing we are all getting more of these days, it is online deliveries and more Amazon boxes than we know what to do with! In addition to putting them in the recycling bin, you can repurpose them into awesome, inexpensive decor for your home! Check out these clever ideas from around the web:

1. Burlap Storage Boxes via A Piece of Rainbow

Wrapped with burlap and painted with fun patterns, these boxes are oh so trendy! What a great way to create some one-of-a-kind storage for craft supplies or other household items.

2. Cardboard Circle Weaving via Hello Wonderful

A fun craft for kids and adults alike! I love how they used a mix of yarns and pom-poms in bright colors for the weaving. The cardboard is sturdy enough to stay flat as the yarn is wrapped around it.

3. Cardboard Wall Art via Design Improvised

I turned cardboard boxes into colorful and modern wall art for my craft room with the help of a pair of scissors and some craft paint! Wall art doesn’t get any cheaper than this! I chose triangles in different sizes because they are easy to freehand cut from cardboard. 

4. 3D Cardboard Stars via A North Star in an Eastern Sky

These 3D stars require you to be more precise in your cutting and measuring than the wall art above, but they results are beautiful! Leave them natural brown or embellish them with craft paint.

5. Cardboard Clock via Heart and Made

Cardboard provides the perfect sturdy base to cover with fabric. What a pretty and easy way to make a clock!

6. Cardboard Tray via All Put Together

A sturdy box can make a beautiful tray. This is a great way to match your tray to your decor.

7. Yarn Wrapped Cardboard Letters via Kids Craft Room

These cardboard letters wrapped with yarn are such a fun room decoration for a child’s room. You can involve them in wrapping the yarn too so your arm doesn’t get too tired!

8. Back to School Homework Caddy via Aunt Peaches

Transform food boxes from your pantry into a chic desk organizer or homework caddy. Wrap it with colorful tape to make it look great and provide extra support.

9. Cardboard Lantern via Handmade Charlotte for Etsy

Would you ever believe these lanterns were made from cardboard? Talk about a transformation! The cardboard has been spray painted gold and the sides of the lanterns are a delicate tissue paper. This project is not for the faint of heart, but it sure is cool!

10. Fabric Covered Storage Boxes via Making Home Base

These fabric covered boxes look like you could have easily paid $50 for each of them at Pottery Barn! I love how a cardboard box can be transformed by fabric. The rope handles are a chic touch.

11. Cardboard Headboard via Stars for Streetlights

Now this is an awesome upcycle and a great way to save some money! You can make a custom headboard to match your decor with your favorite fabric.

12. Decoupage Jewelry Tray via Karen Kavett

Rather than fabric, this cardboard jewelry tray is decoupaged with paper napkins! Talk about an inexpensive craft that looks like a million bucks!

13. Shoe Rack via A Piece of Rainbow

Put cardboard to work by turning it into a functional shoe rack!

 

14. Yarn Love Sign via DIY Candy

I love the look of the cursive letters of this sign made from cardboard and wrapped with yarn. It is delicate but a fun way to add a little 3d texture to your wall art.

15. Cardboard Necklaces via Pocketful of Paint

These cardboard necklaces aren’t technically a home decor project, but they were too cool not to include! You could always improvise on this idea to make larger wall hanging versions of these!

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