4 Out-of-the-Box Craft Ideas

These projects turn would-be trash into treasures.

By Sherri Lerner

If you're looking for a way to dispose of all the empty boxes littering your basement – and possibly every other room of your house — we've got some smart solutions. Hand them over to the young artists, builders, and even chefs in your family and help them put together some fabulous, and useful, creations. The kids will love making treasures from your trash, and you’ll enjoy having a less-cluttered basement!


Mini Matchbox Locket
Kids can keep tiny treasures close with this personalized project
Further proof that good things come in small packages »

Pizza Box Solar Oven
Use a discarded box to harness the sun's energy — and serve up a tasty treat, too
S'mores, anyone? »

Oatmeal Canister Windsock
When breakfast is done, let the container fly in the wind
A breeze to create »

Robot Family and Friends
Use different-size boxes to make a range of space-age creations
First stop: the pantry »


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