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Diy fun: the cardboard challenge

28 March 2016
Remember when you were young and thought playing with a pile of wooden blocks was fun? It turns out that sometimes less really is more. Sure, we sell toys, but we also encourage imagination and creativity (for adults and kids alike). It can start with something as simple as a piece of cardboard.
An image from above of a woman painting cardboard shaped like a giant ice cream cone.

1. IS THIS THE EASIEST TOY YOU COULD EVER MAKE? Probably. All you need is a cardboard box and a little bit of paint, and you’re good to go. Keep it simple with a winding road or let you imagination go wild.

In a kids’ bedroom, a toy train set rides through a mountain range made of cardboard.
A woman tapes together pieces of cardboard to make mountains for a train set.

2. OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS... Of cardboard. Make a few very simple buildings and pyramids (with a tunnel carved our for passing locomotives), and head out on the trip of a lifetime.

A woman holds a handmade cardboard toy.

3. IT’S TIME FOR JUMPING JACKS. That’s we call these fun guys. They’re easier to make than you might think. Here’s how.

A theater stage for kids is made from cardboard and hung from a rod.

4. ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE. Especially when the stage is this simple to whip together. Get the largest pieces of cardboard you can find, and cut whatever shapes you’d like. We chose a classic theatre curtain, waves, a sun, and a giant ice cream cone (because who doesn’t love ice cream?). Tape separate pieces together in the back and reinforce them with bamboo sticks, then hang the curtain from a rod (you could also hang it in a doorway!).

Made by

Interior designer: Emma Parkinson
Digital designer: Annie Svensson
Copywriter: Vanessa Algotsson
Photographer: Martin Cederblad
Editor: Linda Harkell