Pretty much every kid loves playing with cardboard boxes — and even some adults too ! But rather than pretend these cartons are a car or house, why not turn them into these items? From pirate ships and airplanes to lemonade stands and play cities, the following projects can be created using a few key tools — the main one being imagination!
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The awesomely creative mom behind Kate's Creative Space made this incredible pirate ship  using a square cardboard box as the base. She then "stapled long pieces of cardboard on either side to form a boat shape . . . and covered those in leftover wood-effect wallpaper for a nautical touch." We only have one word: wow!
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Nessadee Art + Life created this incredible box house  using a ton of boxes in different shapes and sizes, a hot glue gun, packing tape, scissors, and markers. Feel free to let your kids add as many embellishments (string, felt, moss, and more) as they'd like.
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Not Just a Housewife made these box cars  for a "drive-in movie" night, but we're betting your kids will find lots of other uses for them, too!
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Elsie of A Beautiful Mess created these DIY playhouses  for her daughter's second birthday party using large cardboard boxes, a box knife, wallpaper, wrapping paper, paint, masking tape, hot glue, and double-sided tape. So cute!
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Cardboard Doll Bed
Ambrosia Creative's cardboard doll bed  is a DIY  project that any little girl would love! The coolest part: all the pieces interlock without tape or glue.
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Small Fry has step-by-step instructions on how to make your own cardboard airplane .
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Perfect for not-yet-walking babies, The Imagination Tree's cardboard box town  is simple enough to re-create. Draw a city scene, including roads, parks, train tracks, and more, on the bottom of a huge cardboard box, add some wooden building blocks, and voilà, you have a build-your-own city!
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You only need one side of a cardboard box, along with some markers and tape, to create your very own lemonade stand sign  like this one from See Jane Blog.
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We love The 36th Avenue's DIY frames . Let your little one trace and paint, but make sure you take over when it comes to cutting them out of the box.
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They may not be big enough to slap the bass, but little ones will have no trouble strumming along on Ikat Bag's cardboard guitar .
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Whether you have a refrigerator box or a cereal box, you can easily create Catch My Party's unique storage units . In fact, the more sizes you have, the better!
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The Wild West
Let Hostess With the Mostess show you how to turn dozens of boxes into a Wild West setting  for your little cowboy or cowgirl.
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