Used moving boxes, like ones from Associated Paper & Supply, still have plenty of usefulness in them. Besides donating the usable boxes to someone else who is moving, you can reuse the cardboard and make some crafty Christmas decorations for your home. Here are instructions to make three festive adornments from your old boring cardboard boxes.
Stars have an important symbolism during the Christmas holiday. Biblical records report a bright star visible in the sky, which showed the way for wise men to find the baby Jesus in Bethlehem.
With some old cardboard boxes, you can make your own sparkling stars to hang throughout your home.
To make these glittery stars, you will need:
- Cardboard boxes
- Utility blade
- Hole punch
- Adhesive spray glue
- Fishing line
- Silver and gold glitter
First, break down and unfold the cardboard box that you will be making into your star decorations. You can use one box to make several large-sized stars. Use a smooth, unfolded section of cardboard for your star, so your star won't have a crease through it.
Trace or draw a star shape onto the cardboard. If you need to trace the star shape from a pattern or template, you can find perfectly shaped stars online to use as a guide. Print them from your computer, or trace the outline onto printer paper from your computer monitor.
Using the utility blade, cut the outline of the star from the cardboard. Punch a hole into one of the star's points for hanging.
Spread newspaper down and spray both sides of the surface of your cardboard star with the spray glue, holding the star by its edges. This will keep your fingers from touching the tacky surface of the star.
Immediately shake glitter over both sides of your star over a clean sheet of newspaper. This will help to catch the extra glitter to reuse later.
Tie a length of fishing line into the hole in the star and hang it from the ceiling of your home.
You can also make smaller versions of these stars as Christmas tree decorations.
These simple wool stars bring an element of cozy warmness to the Christmas star shape and can also be used to decorate your Christmas tree.
You will need:
- Cardboard box
- Wool yarn
- Hot glue gun
- Utility blade
- Hole punch
- Metallic string
Fold out one cardboard box and draw a star shape onto the cardboard. Cut the star out with the utility knife.
Glue the end of the wool yarn to the middle of your star shape and begin to wrap the wool yard around the star in different directions until the entire star is covered. Be sure to wrap yard around each of the star's points as well.
Cut the yarn and hot glue the end to the star ornament to secure the yarn.
Cut off a 6-inch piece of metallic string. Place both ends of the string together and hot glue them onto a point of the wool star.
Hang the star on your Christmas tree.
Christmas Tree with Lights
You can use large-sized wardrobe boxes in this project to make several large Christmas trees.
You will also need:
- Utility knife
- String of Christmas lights
Begin by tracing a basic triangle shape on the cardboard. You can make the tree's triangle shape tall and skinny, or short and fat. You can also draw several triangles to make a small forest of Christmas trees.
Cut out the trees using your utility knife, then punch holes throughout the cardboard tree with the screwdriver. Each hole will be inserted with a bulb from the string of lights.
Arrange the trees against a wall in your home and plug in the lights for a beautiful tree-lit display.
These three easy craft ideas can turn your plain cardboard boxes into cheery Christmas decorations for your home.