One of the best parts about this time of year is the anticipation of our big celebrations… While we wait for the party to begin, we can bake cookies, decorate the house, and get crafty! Since we at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK always have access to tons of moving boxes, we wanted to show you how to DIY some easy crafts with old cardboard you may have lying around your house. Also, all of these crafts are kid-friendly! (*Just be sure there’s an adult around to monitor any hot glue gun or crafting knife usage.)
Make a unique wreath in fifteen minutes with an old moving box! Here’s what you’ll need:
A moving box
Glue stick and scissors
To make your holiday wreath, you’ll first need to trace two concentric circles onto the side of your flattened box. We used a plate and a bowl to trace our circles. Then cut out your wreath frame with a crafting knife.
Use your scissors to cut out holly leaves, small circles, or any other seasonal shape you like from your craft paper! Then glue your paper shapes around your cardboard wreath frame. Once your wreath is decorated, just punch a hole to string your ribbon, and presto! You have a unique, handmade wreath!
Personalized Gift Tags
One great part about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s moving boxes is that they’re white–perfect as a blank canvas! Here’s what you’ll need to make some special name tags for your presents this year:
A moving box
Paint and paintbrush
Simply trace your favorite holiday shapes onto clean, white parts of your moving box. Use your crafting knife to cut along the traced edges, and use paint to customize your name tags! You can use any type of marker to write the names of your gift recipients, as well as thoughtful notes to go along with your presents.
Holiday Card Display
Instead of having your holiday cards cover your refrigerator this year, why not display them in your entryway or living room? Here’s what you’ll need for this craft:
A large moving box
Felt (we used the kind with adhesive on the back)
Hot glue gun*
Use your crafting knife to cut out fun holiday shape from your moving box. (If you’re creatively challenged like us, you can simply cut out a tall triangle with a rectangle at the bottom for a simple tree shape.) The apply your colored felt to the front of your tree or other shape and use scissors to trim the edges that hang off the sides.
Carefully wrap your ribbon around your cardboard tree, gluing it to the back of your box to hold it in place. Be careful not to wrap the ribbon too loosely, or your cards will weigh down the strand and cause it to sag in front. You can also glue an extra loop of ribbon to the back if you’d like to hang your tree from a wall! Then use your mini clothespins to hang your cards along the ribbon in front.
This one is especially fun for kids because of the lights involved! It’s another super easy display to create even for the craft-challenged. Here’s what you’ll need:
A couple moving boxes
String of Christmas lights
First, cut large, tall triangles out of your moving boxes. To create a piece with two dimensions and some visual contrast, we used the front and back of our boxes to create both brown and white trees.
Then have your child (or you!) poke some holes into the boxes with your pencil tip. Be sure to poke these from the “back” of the triangles so the lights will fit in easier. Then just push the tiny bulbs into each hole and set your trees against the wall you want to decorate. If you want to embellish your display, you can purchase some small greenery or other knick knacks to go along with your cardboard forest.
This garland can be used in place of tinsel along your tree, hung from your holiday mantel, or used to add some DIY flair to your table centerpiece. Here’s what you’ll need to make it:
Leftover cardboard scraps from the other crafts above
Paint, sequins, or glitter glue
First, trace out the holiday shapes you want to include in your garland from your moving box pieces. You can trace holiday cookie cutters or just images you’ve printed from your computer. Carefully cut these out with your crafting knife.
Next, decorate your cut-outs in any way you please! You can make them colorful and fancy or keep them simple and classy. When you’re done decorating, use your hole puncher to help string your favorite ribbon through each piece. Hang wherever you like in your house!
We hope you’ll have fun with these holiday crafts! If you need any moving (or crafting!) supplies, give us a call or text at 615-248-6288. You can also visit our website for help with your move or craft session. We even offer free delivery when you order $50 or more in moving supplies!