5 Amazing Toys You Can Make from Cardboard

I love crafting with cardboard because it is cheap, readily available, and SO easy to recycle into amazing things! Here are five inspiring ideas from around the web to make some frugal toys the kiddos are sure to treasure.

1. This cardboard parking garage is sure to bring hours of pretend play fun! See the tutorial at Bhoomplay’s Blog.


2. A sweet toy for the little ones. Found via Play and Grow.


3. This sweet dollhouse is perfect for fun on-the-go! Found via espirt cabane.


4. This giant marble board made with cardboard tubes would be SO much FUN! Found via More than ABC’s and 123’s.


5. This could quite possibly be the CUTEST coffee shop ever!! Found via 45Wall Design. How adorable would this be with our pretend sponge cake & donuts??

Psst! There are so many other ideas on my Cardboard Play Pinterest board.

Have fun!!


  1. These are fantastic! Cardboard makes fantastic toys =)

  2. Dear Valerie,

    You know what else kids like that is made out of cardboard? A box! It’s anything they want it to be. Ha!


  3. Awesome toys! Definitely going to make a dollhouse 🙂

  4. Great ideas! My grandson and I will have a blast trying these out…Thanks!

  5. These are great ideas. I had the cash register from the last photo when I was growing up. Now my daughter plays with it. I loved that thing and still do!

  6. I have a special place in my heart for cardboard. 🙂 These are great. Thanks for posting such fun ideas. I have been wanting to make the car garage for some time this is a good reminder and push.

  7. Wow that coffee shop is amazing!

  8. I have a certain son who will be very inspired by this post- he can make the most amazing things from cardboard!

  9. I love the coffe shop! What wonderful ideas!

  10. WOW thank you so much for sharing my marble maze! My son loves it!!!


  11. Oh. My. Goodness. I’m 21 and even I would love to play with all of these – and no, I don’t have any kids! Amazing what one can do with left-over packaging, though, for sure! 😀


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