Kid Craft Ideas Using Cardboard Boxes
A few weeks ago my grandson came over for a visit with a long packing box in tow and an idea for a project. This is his interpretation of a bee hive on a tree. It is a partial recycled craft using a long narrow packing box and other crafting supplies we had around the house.
Approximate Time: 1 - 2 hours including drying time.
- cardboard box
- construction paper
- crayons, markers, or colored pencils
- honeycomb layered paper packing material
- watercolor paints
- tarp, newspaper, or in our case an old plastic shower curtain
- white Elmer's school glue
- packing tape
- print out or drawings of bees, honeycomb, and hummingbird
- To begin his project he first taped up the sides of his box, using packing tape for a stronger hold.
He left the bottom untaped to help it stand, and taped the top with the flaps open, for the tree crown.
- Next he experimented with making a rubbing on newsprint of the honeycomb texture of the packing material he had salvaged.
- After spreading the shower curtain on the kitchen floor we began splotch painting the tree trunk with watercolor paints.
- Let dry.
- While waiting for the paint to dry, we drew leaf shapes on construction paper and cut them out.
- We also made a sketch of the hive on the honeycomb paper and cut it out. (Photo is after attachment.)
- Print out clip art of honey bees and a hummingbird. He did original drawings based on computer images. (printer problems :)
- Color the bees and hummingbird, or any wildlife that will inhabit your tree.
- Now glue the hive, leaves, bees, and hummingbird where you like on the tree.
- Finally, he punched some holes in the trunk for the future addition of internal lighting, maybe a florescent type tube light.
We have included one fuzzy photo, either grandpa or the camera person moved, but we're not saying who.
By R Barbara from Bremerton, WARead More Comments
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