Cardboard box Crafts
Two craft posts in one week! this housework avoidance must stop :)
This one came about from wanting the kids in my weekend arts and crafts class to have somewhere for the fish they would be making to call home, somewhere for the kids to admire and play with their gorgeous colourful creations.
please [read on] for all the beginning to end photos and tips on how to make your very own cardboard aquarium-
How to make an aquarium
It all started with a box, a wide slim box from my parent’s new telly!. I drew lines on the box where I wanted the opening and sawed away with the kitchen knife. I then cut slits on the top of the box to act as sliding tracks, openings from which to hang the fish from buttons and catgut. I used rounded buttons so that the smallies could grip and move their little fish over and back on the tracks. I then decided to cut circles out of each side to act as viewing portholes and give some detail to the outside of the aquarium.
With the slits cut in the top the cardboard wouldn’t have taken much use by the kids before it sagged or broke so I picked up a thin flat strip of timber at the local hardware, cut into four lengths (with the poor kitchen knife again) and hot glued them into place on the underside of each top strip. I then cut circles from cardboard, punched a few shallow holes in them so they looked like real portholes (they also served to cover up any or my wobbly cutting edges :)
Into the art class studio it came the following day and DaddyMoo kindly screwed it onto one of the walls for me. Rock solid.
The Background: paint one large sheet with green paint, and another with blue, use rough strokes. When dry tear each sheet into strips and glue down in layers onto card.
The Base: what I used here were strips of different patterned and textured blue fabric roughly cut in different widths and lengths, because I had it to hand, but shredded paper or tissue or a few decorative stones from the garden would do fine. You might spend your time hoovering up the shredded paper however so maybe that’s not a great idea :)
For the 3-5yr old class Grainne and I gathered all the children around one table and using BBQ skewers we propped up each styrofoam shape to make them easy for the kids to paint in the white packing from the telly box and some flower arranging oasis.
We mixed some shiny paint with a little pva glue and the kids started painting, and one by one got to shake on some magic glitter in the class glitteriser (special cardboard box :) They then stuck on some googly eyes and with bits of tissue added the fins and tails. The tissue adhered instantly for them because of the pva in the paint. The decorating continued with some small sticker dots.See also:
Ideas for Cardboard Box Crafts.
Cardboard boxes have many uses besides just storing items. Cardboard boxes entertain children for hours on rainy days, make a perfect living space for small pets, and are sturdy enough for school dioramas. Use cardboard boxes, both large and small, to create simple crafts. Add colour to the exterior of cardboard boxes for an artistic feel.