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Craft Clip: Household Cardboard
by Jeanne Heiberg
Use those many empty product boxes for various crafts.
Use those many empty product boxes for various crafts.
* Make a treasure box or keepsake box by covering an empty tissue box with designs and pictures from old greeting cards and/or colored paper (origami, card stock, construction paper). Aluminum foil also works nicely. Be sure not to cover the opening of the box. These boxes make great Lenten alms boxes.
* Make a spirit dove by placing two pieces of cardboard together (printed sides facing) and cutting out the body of a dove. Insert a loop of yard between the two pieces and glue them together (printed sides facing). Cut out two wings in the same way and glue one to each side of the body of the dove. Hang doves around your learning space or arrange them into mobiles to celebrate Pentecost. Using this same procedure, you can make symbols and figures that celebrate the Resurrection. Encourage students to design their own patterns.
* Make an egg to celebrate spring or Easter by following the same procedure used in making the dove. To decorate the egg, cut out bright patterns from another product box, using the printed side of the box. Hang from the ceiling, in windows, on bulletin boards, or from tree branches.
* Make collages of various themes (representing service projects, Scripture, or the theme of a lesson) by cutting out shapes and images from the printed sides of product boxes and arranging them on the unprinted side of a cereal box. Add more detail to the collages by using images, color swatches, or words from magazines.
* Make covers for student-made scrapbooks or journals. A cereal box is best for this. Cut off the front and back of the box and decorate the unprinted side of one piece to serve as the front cover. (Decorate the back also, if you like). Glue construction paper to the printed sides. Punch two holes in each piece, in the same place. Punch holes in the paper that is to serve as the book’s pages. (You may want to make the pages slightly smaller than the covers.) Secure front cover, pages, and back cover together with yarn or decorative cord.

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