How to Make a Cardboard Desk

Up-cycle an old box into this cool, highly functional, portable play station for kids.

You will need

  • A large cardboard box
  • Scissors
  • A pencil
  • A variety of cereal boxes
  • Colored packaging tape
  • Craft glue
  • Contact paper
  • Decorative stickers or paint
  • Small
  • clean
  • empty food containers (optional)

Step 1 Cut front opening Use the scissors to cut the flaps from the box. Then turn the box upside down and make an opening for your child’s legs by drawing an arch from the open, bottom end of the box and cutting it out.

Step 2 Repeat Use the cutout as a template for an identical cutout on the opposite side.

Step 3 Create side storage Create side storage bins by removing the flaps and inner wrappers from the cereal boxes and taping the boxes to the sides of the desk with colored tape.

Step 4 Wrap in tape Secure the side pockets further by wrapping tape all the way around the desk several times.

Step 5 Make desktop bins Make bins instead of drawers for crayons, brushes, and other items by gluing circular canisters along the back of the desk.

Step 6 Cover with shelf liner Cover the desktop with contact paper. Encourage your child to personalize the box with drawings, paint, or stickers.