When you wrap a toy in a box as a gift for a child, the child sometimes ends up playing with the box more than the toy. Why not save a step and just make the toys from cardboard boxes, too? Cardboard toys are cheap, creative, and often easier to make than you might think.
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Cardboard tubes are one household supply you rarely run out of thanks to toilet paper. That’s why toys and crafts made with cardboard tubes are so handy. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can upcycle cardboard tubes.
Using props to tell a story is like playing a game, reading a book, and watching a play all at once. Storytelling toys are great because they don’t really have an age limit; they can spark creativity in kids as much as adults and make telling a story easier for everyone.
they’re used as canvases for art. Wendy Gold is a decoupage artist who does just that. She takes vintage globes with some ‘character’ and gives them a new face with decoupaged art.
At first, it might be difficult to think of using test tubes for anything but chemistry experiments. Their size and shape are perfect, though, for holding spices, party favors, or even tiny plants.
Floppy disk drives have mostly disappeared now, though floppy disks themselves still exist. They have a way of nestling in disorganized places like closets, dusty but probably functional if you happen to have an ‘ancient’ computer. If not, they’re also perfect for upcycling.
A rusted, leaky or otherwise ‘broken’ baking tin is no good for cooking, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t useful anymore. Its shape is still perfect for other projects, especially if it has a pretty rim. Just by adding paint and drilling a few holes, you can make a variety of ‘new’ things out of it.
Cool birthday candles can make any cake look special, even if it’s a tiny, travel-sized cupcake. Beyond just trick candles or bright colors, you can find interesting candle pegs or unique shapes, or even try making your own candles.
In most thrift stores, there’s a section for old-fashioned metal tins designed to hold cookies or tea. They’re often unique, cheap and tempting to buy, but what can you do with them afterwards? Besides storing cookies, etc., the best way to reuse an old tin is to create something entirely new with it, like one of these 13 everyday objects.
Tissue boxes are mass-produced, which means they aren’t usually creative objects. That’s okay because tissue box holders are easy DIY projects.