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Craft ideas for boxes of all shapes and sizes

Our love of craft play combined with our respect for the environment inspired us to use boxes that encourage creativity and will stand up to a lot of play. We also know that children love to play with boxes almost as much as with their toys, so we thought, why not encourage creativity through crafting and promote recycling at the same time!

Below you'll find some ways our kids use their boxes for pretend travel and dress-up storage.
We hope you'll share how you and children use yours! Please send your ideas/photos to ideas@mypretendplace.com

Creating a box play suitcase is as easy as 1,2 3

  • Step 1: Mark 2 lines slightly smaller than the handle on the front, or back side of the box.

  • Step 2: Make 2 holes just big enough for the handle to be inserted.

  • Step 3: Insert handles and twist to secure.

  • Astronaut theme box idea

    Turn your box into an out of this world Astronaut Space Case or Dress-Up Trunk. We used some strap tape we had lying around and some foam space stickers. Then we printed out and added the Astronaut printable available here: Download PDF. We affixed the handle and ended up making it an Astronaut moon rock sample case.

    That’s what we did. What can you do? Have fun, and please send your photos and ideas to ideas@mypretendplace.com

  • Superhero theme box idea

    Turn your box packaging into a great Super Hero Case or Superhero Dress-Up Trunk. We used silver duck tape, some black and yellow tape, a large star that was lying around from a party. Most of this can all be found at any craft store. We used the printable available here: Download PDF. We affixed the handle to make it a Superhero Suitcase.

    That’s what we did. What can you do? Have fun, and please send your photos and ideas to ideas@mypretendplace.com

  • Princess & Fairy theme box idea

    Turn your box package into a pretty Fairy Princess Case, Hope Chest, or Fairy Princess Dress-Up Trunk. We used some butterfly tape, foam princess and butterfly stickers that we found at the craft store. We used the crown printable available here: Download PDF. We affixed the handle to make it a fairy princess case.

    What would you do? Have fun, and please send your photos and ideas to ideas@mypretendplace.com

  • Safari theme box idea

    Turn your box package into a Safari adventure case, or Safari Dress-Up Trunk. We used zebra tape and some animal foam stickers that are available at any craft store. We affixed the handle to make it a Safari adventure case.

    That’s what we did. What can you do? Have fun, and please send your photos and ideas to ideas@mypretendplace.com

  • Pirate theme box idea

    Turn your box package into a Pirate treasure chest, or Pirate Dress-Up Trunk. We used a brown marker to create the effect of a used wooden chest, attached some pirate foam stickers, and drew on a gold lock. We used the skull and crossbones printable available here: Download PDF. We affixed the handle to make a pirate adventure case.

    That’s what we did. What can you do? Have fun, and please send your photos and ideas to ideas@mypretendplace.com

  • Firefighter theme box idea

    Turn your box package into a Firefighter rescue case, or Firefighter Dress-Up Trunk. We used some strap tape that we had, some black and red tape, we used a stencil to personalize the box. We used the firefighter logo printable available here: Download PDF. We affixed the handle to make our firefighter rescue case.

    That’s what we did. What can you do? Have fun, and please send your photos and ideas to ideas@mypretendplace.com