Your toddler will love this cardboard box upcycle!

If you’re wondering what to do with all the boxes after Christmas morning, try this imaginative cardboard box upcycle project.

Most parents will tell you that their child plays with a toy’s box more than the toy itself. So, why not be creative with a cardboard box?

To boost your toddler’s pretend play, transform big boxes into something they connect with. Some kids would love to take Santa’s sleigh for a drive. Others would love to have a huge castle in their rooms. Both of these scenes can be created and upcycled from cardboard boxes.

Here are the only supplies you’ll need:
  • Left over cardboard boxes
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Paint or Markers – Optional

First, you’ll need to figure out what space you’ll be using. Since it’s cardboard, you’ll easily be able to move and store whatever you decide to make. No pressure in keeping your creation up all year long.

Next, gather your cardboard boxes and draw what you want to cut out. This way you can measure and see what everything looks like before making it permanent.

Then, start cutting. Leave this up to the adults though!

When you get everything cut out, you can hang them up on the wall or set them on the floor. You can decide whether or not your toddler can decorate the boxes. They can either paint or draw on them. If you’ve created a castle, tassels or garland can be added too!

If you’re not feeling that creative or want to do that much cutting, a toddlers imagination is amazing.

After everything’s cut, set up, and decorated, enjoy a little break and watch your toddler enjoy the second half of their holiday presents: the box! This cardboard box upcycle is a great way to connect with your toddler and see their imagination come to life.

If you give this one a try we want to know how it goes for you! Send your feedback, photos, etc. to

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