No matter how shiny the gift inside, time and time again kids want to play with the box. We’ve found 18 epic transformations of an ordinary cardboard that will make you forget it was once a humble box. From mini-golf to airplanes to castles, flip through our slideshow to get inspired.

Indoor Golf for Preschoolers

Don’t let the rain or cold get in the way of your golf game. Just makeover a cardboard box to keep practicing your swing no matter the weather. Great for hand-eye coordination for the preschool set, it also can serve as a math lesson. Have the kiddos help keep track of their points as they score. Learn how to make one yourself over at Craftulate.

photo: Craftulate

  • Indoor Golf for Preschoolers
  • The DIY Mailbox You Can Actually Do
  • Add Up for Fun
  • On the Road Again
  • Blast-off! Box
  • Cardboard, Ahoy!
  • Auto-Box
  • Suds-Free Washing Machine
  • Making Movie Magic
  • Make Your Own Maze
  • Perfect Puppet Theater
  • Kitschy Kid Kitchen
  • Cool Castle
  • Up, Up & Away Airplane
  • Going Up?
  • It's the Small Things
  • The Neverending Story
  • For Which It Stands

What’s the best thing you’ve ever made out of cardboard? Share with us in a Comment! 

— Christal Yuen & Gabby Cullen