This month is the April (Earth month) issue of Parents magazine and they had many environmental advertisers in it to support, but since we live organic already I decided to focus on another eco idea that Parents suggested… a cardboard party!
As you can see it was actually a birthday party inspired by Sabrina Moyle from Design Sponge. I often give away boxes at work so I decided to partner up with Kimberly Kasin, the owner of Hopscotch Consignment, to recycle our boxes in celebration of Earth month and encourage some environmental PLAY!
So I started saving boxes… all sorts of boxes! Little ones, triangle ones, long ones… LOTS of BOXES! I had a couple of ideas in mind such as this cardboard airplane idea I found on Pinterest (my newest social media addiction! Watch my PinPOD casts online HERE).
So how did our Earth Day Cardboard Recycle party turn out? FABULOUSLY!
We had snacks/beverages to enjoy, then we played around with the castle windows…
Everybody had fun making crowns with the cardboard (I just cut the shape of crowns out and hand “turned” them… the kids did the rest with stickers, tape & crayons).
Then the kids just PLAYED! Look at these three kings settling into their castle!
I even got into decorating a crown and the castle myself…
Some TIPS I found make for the BEST cardboard party…
#1 PREP! the cardboard the week before and try and save as many different type of boxes as you can. Bigger cardboard creations (like castles) take lots of shapes to create!
#2 STURDY! If you have older children attending your cardboard party (say over 1 year) you HAVE to make the design sturdy so it will last! We had boys at this party and the castle didn’t last over an hour once it was played with. I would recommend building your castle (or airplane, race car, puppet theatre, etc.) with brown packing tape because it’s thick, has supportive “strings” inside it’s tack and made to keep cardboard together better than the masking tape I used. (Plus it matches the brown box, so it’s more visually appealing)
#3 POSTERITY! I would also recommend taking a “before” picture just in case.
#4 Build WINDOWS and DOORS because no matter how wrecked your perfect towers get, or how much the castle starts to shred…
Windows and doors are always interesting for children to play with, especially if they are “hinged”!
This Earth month “Recycling Cardboard Party” (or a birthday party) was a great way to celebrate reducing, reusing and recycling in a FUN way! For more cardboard party images and ideas check out my Pinterest board “Beautiful DIY To-Do’s” or watch my PinPOD cast on YouTube!
Thanks again to Kimberly Kasin over at Hopscotch Consignment for helping make our Cardboard Party a hit! Check out her store for amazing quality consignment pieces like these Lacoste shoes we picked up while there!
OH, and Happy Earth Month everybody!