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Box Office | Recycled Crafts

Box Office

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

Kids on the go will appreciate the portability of this lightweight cardboard desk, not to mention all the nooks and crannies for storing their stuff.


  • Large cardboard box
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Assorted cereal, cookie, and pasta boxes
  • Colored tape
  • Glue
  • Clear Con-Tact paper


  1. With the scissors, cut the flaps off of the large cardboard box. Turn the box bottom up. Then, make an opening for your child's legs by drawing an arch on one of the longer sides and cutting it out. Using the cutout as a pattern, cut an identical shape from the opposite side of the box. Discard both pieces.
  2. Next, cut the tops from all of the food boxes and remove the inner wrappers. Attach the deeper boxes to the sides of the desk with short pieces of tape. Then, wrap longer pieces of tape all the way around the desk and side pockets to firmly secure them.
  3. For pencil holders and other desktop compartments, arrange smaller cartons and canisters along the back edge of the box and secure them by gluing the bottoms to the top of the desk.
  4. Lastly, make the working surface spillproof by covering it with clear Con-Tact Paper.