Cardboard Runway Craft Materials:
I love being able to upcycle items that would normally head to the recycling bin and transform into a new toy for my kids instead. It’s friendly on the wallet (and environment!) and always impresses my children. Out of just a 1) cereal box, 2) roll of washi tape, 3) sheet of cardstock, and 4) this printable we created a little runway for toy airplanes to take-off and land on. What kid doesn’t love airplane crafts or playing with cardboard?
Cardboard Runway Craft Instructions:
Step 1: Out of a cereal box, cut 3-4 panels that are about 3.25″ wide and as long as the cereal box itself (the length varies according to the size of the box).
Step 2: With non-printed sides facing in, tape panels together, forming the long runway. You may want the runway to be able to fold down neatly (for storage or to tote around in an activity bag) so you may need to trim the ends off 1/2″ or so, so that the panels can fold flat into itself.
Step 3: Print out the template for the runway cutouts onto cardstock, any color of your choice. Then paste onto runway, avoiding pasting over the ‘joints’ where the panels meet. Decorate with pieces of washi tape as well.
Step 4: We quickly constructed a control tower out of a paper towel tube, construction paper, and a couple of soft serve cups (slushy drink lids would work too!)
Step 5: Cut off about 3″ from one end of the paper towel roll and discard. Cover remaining piece with construction paper.
Step 6: With glue dots or tape, attach plastic lid to top of roll.
Step 7: I quickly created a little ‘seat’ out of construction paper so that our Lego guy can get a better vantage point observing the planes on the runway.
The cardboard runway folds down flat, so parents can stash this in their bag along with an action figure and an airplane or two for quiet busy play at the restaurant, doctor’s office waiting room, etc!
Have you ever made any cardboard crafts with your kids? What are some of the crafts that you’ve made with cardboard?