Cardboard Creations with CardboardFolk
At Lucas loves cars, we think it's important to reduce the plastic we use in the world, and in our warehouse. Every day tasks can have a big effect.
We reuse delivery bags for our bin bags.
We collect and reuse cardboard boxes wherever we can, including cutting them up to use to protect our products for delivery.
We use biodegradable packing fill, which we call peanuts. We have information and some fun ideas with packaging peanuts here.
We don't use plastic to wrap our deliveries, choosing to pack orders in cardboard boxes.
And for the longest time I have wanted to create a list of cardboard box craft ideas, to provide even more fun ideas with our packaging.
Then I discovered CARDBOARDFOLK on instagram who make the most amazing toys.
Not only does Kathryn create amazing toys from cardboard, she shows you how to do it too! Inspiring us to turn our boxes into a creative project and a fun toy.
I'm so inspired by her creativity, and her generosity to share it with us!
Here are some of my favourites creations.
If you don't have instagram email us and I'll help you access the magic.
Cardboard Traffic Light
Obviously the first one I want to share is the Traffic Light, which uses colourful Connetix Tiles to provide the coloured lights.
Kathryn said she used a torch to shine through the ‘active’ light and practised going forwards, slowing, stopping and turning.
The great thing about Connetix is that they are magnetic, so a few spare washers attached to the cardboard means the Connetix can easily be attached and removed any time you want to play.
When you have a car lover, a great way to involve them in craft is by creating cars! I know it works, it's the only way I could get a young Lucas to be do craft.
Add a few pouch lids for the all important wheels and off they go.
We would totally colour in the windows and add stickers to these and turn them into race cars.
This counting board looks like such a fun way to create more play with your rings and friends. Grimms or Grapat will suit this game well.
We often find that something simple can be great fun.
The adorable Koalas are made from toilet rolls, not cardboard boxes, but they are just so cute we had to mention them.
We adore the added element of using velcro on them so that baby will stay on Mummy's back.
So much to love
This is just a few of the wonderful creations that you can find on the CARDBOARDFOLK feed.
We have completely fallen for the creativity and unique ideas. And I will be stalking her from now on, (in a nice way) especially on a wet Sunday afternoon, or after a delivery when I have a new box to play with.
Thanks for the inspiration Kathryn.
Helle owns Lucas loves cars. Working with toys since 2012, she has played with toys for a long time and is very picky about which toys make the list. Like a spoilt child, she will have a tantrum if the toy doesn't work and will play for hours if she finds it engaging and fun. Or until someone tells her it's time for lunch.
- Helle Warming