DIY Cardboard Creativity Box

DIY Cardboard Creativity Box

A/N: This post is sponsored by Paper & Packaging-- How Life Unfolds® campaign. However, all thoughts, opinions and ideas belong to me and Little J. Enjoy!

When I was a kid, summer was like a mythological creature. I spent all school year eagerly awaiting it's arrival. The anticipation would build and build, until finally, it appeared. And then two weeks into summer, I was already bored and anticipating the arrival of the new school year. This went on for years. Rinse, recycle, repeat.

So I wasn't the least bit surprised when Little J started complaining about being bored last week and started to ask for more screen time. In fact, I was already two steps ahead of her and ready with a plan-- A creativity box.

It was perfect for two reasons: one, it allowed her a creative outlet. I've noticed in the more recent months she's started to form an interest colors, style and even a bit of decorating. Designing her own creativity box gave her the opportunity to tap into those new found interests. And two, it would give her the opportunity to occupy herself with something other than a tablet, or tv.

So we launched into action. Little J drew up her plans first. We created a list of items she would need and created a budget. This project was the perfect segue into to importance of budgeting, which is something else I have been working on with Little J.
After she finished drawing up her plans and setting the budget, we headed to the store to purchase the most important material, the cardboard box itself. I had truthfully not given much thought to cardboard boxes before. As a former Army Brat, current Army spouse, they tend to serve one purpose: transporting our belongings from point A to point B. But this project helped me to see that paper and packaging products are an integral part of our lives. They give us an outlet for our creativity and so much more.  And in this case, it was the perfect way to let Little J funnel that creativity into something other than technology. It encouraged her to go back to the basics.

Once we grabbed the box, we hit the stores to grab a few more supplies, and then set our plan into action.


1 large box
1-2 cans of spray paint
Duct tape


First, put your boxes together and then spray paint them. Let them dry overnight. Our box was 18 x 18 x 24 and it only took one can to fully cover the box. Before you even begin to spray, make sure you properly shake your spray paint. The more the better. Keep the nozzle 10-12 inches away from your box and lightly spray the box going from side to side evenly. Try not to use the whole can since this will be your first coat.

Once you've fully sprayed your box, allow it to dry for 30 minutes to an hour. Then apply as many coats as needed to fully cover your box.

Once your box dries, use tacks to attach cloth at one end of the opening. Then shred the cloth to allow easy entry.
Next, add your padding, decorations, and lighting.

Finally, fill the box with books, coloring books, and toys and let your little enjoy their special creativity box.

Do you have any creative summer boredom busters? Be sure to check out Paper & Packaging -- How Life Unfolds® for more creative ideas that will help your kiddos cut the cord this summer!

Until next time,

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