No matter how shiny the gift inside, time and time again kids want to play with the box. We’ve found 19 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.

The DIY Mailbox You Can Actually Do

Inspired by the postal service this super cute (and super easy) cardboard mailbox can be used for pretend play and messaging the kids! Drop the occasional post card or note in there to thrill them no end. With little more than paint and tape, you can transform a box you have hanging around the house in no time. Get the complete step-by-step here.

photo: Melissa Hecksher

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

— Christal Yuen & Gabby Cullen

 

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