You can transform an ordinary tissue box into thousands of things with a little paint and a BIG imagination! Here are three super cool tissue box craft project ideas for you: a Treasure Chest, a Marshmallow Catapult and a Finger Puppet Theater.

Materials:

    Puppet Theater

  • one tissue box
  • paint and paintbrushes
  • scissors
  • finger puppets (make them or use some you have)
  • marker
  • cereal box cardboard
  • hot glue gun and gluesticks
  • Treasure Chest

  • one tissue box
  • two toilet paper rolls
  • paint and paintbrushes
  • marker
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun and gluesticks
  • tape
  • twine
  • Marshmallow Catapult

  • one tissue box
  • two pencils
  • rubber bands
  • pipe cleaner
  • cereal box cardboard
  • marker
  • marshmallows
  • two pencils (unsharpened)

Instructions

    Puppet Theater

    1. TissuePuppet-longCut a large opening in the back of the tissue box. This will be the back of the theater and the tissue opening will be the front of the theater.

    2. On some cereal box cardboard, draw the shape of a Cornice.

    3. Cut out the Cornice and glue it onto the front of the theater, which is the original tissue box opening.

    4. Once you have glued on your Cornice, paint your theater any color you wish. Then doodle or decorate with a marker.

    Make some finger puppets or use some you already have and it's showtime!



    Treasure Chest

    1. treasure-longUsing cereal box cardboard, cut out a lid the size of the top of the tissue box. Form a hinge with tape, and tape it on on one side so you can open and close it.

    2. Cut one toilet paper roll lengthwise and open it out a bit to form a curve. This will be the top of the treasure chest. Do the same with a second roll of toilet paper but this time cut the roll in half, lengthwise. This will be your "lock". Glue the first roll to the top lid and the second roll to the opening side of the lid, only gluing it to the lid and not the box so it can open and close.

    3. Wrap and glue twine around the bottom of the treasure chest and repeat. Then paint the treasure chest.

    4. Doodle on your treasure chest. Draw a lock and other decorations and then start collecting treasures! The lid opens and closes so you can tuck your pirate loot inside!


    Marshmallow Catapult

    1. catapult-longCreate a large opening in the tissue box by enlarging the current tissue opening.

    2. Paint the tissue box. Once it's dry, cross two pencils (into an "X" shape) and connect them together with some rubber bands. The horizontal pencil should be connected to the lower part of the perpendicular pencil. The perpendicular pencil will be the launch for the catapult.

    3. Make three holes; two on each side of the catapult towards the top and one on the front near the bottom. Insert the pencil with the horizontal pencil poking through the side holes. Attach rubber bands to the bottom of the perpendicular pencil by cutting two rubber bands open and tying them to one another. Tie one end to the end of the perpendicular pencil and the other to a pipe cleaner. Feed the pipe cleaner through the hole at the bottom of the catapult in the front and use the pipe cleaner to anchor the rubber band.

    4. Using some thin cereal box cardboard, cut out a circular landing pad. Put your catapult into launch mode by pulling back the perpendicular pencil. Once pulled back into launch mode, glue the landing pad onto the top part of the pencil, covering the eraser. Pulled back, the top of the pad will face upward and will be ready for a marshmallow to launch!

    What else can you make with a tissue box?

Caroline Gravino Urdaneta, a PBS Parents resident crafter, is a designer of creative family projects, tinkering painter and mother of four children. She writes about project ideas for the whole family and how to encourage creativity in kids on the popular blog, Salsa Pie and shares videos on the PBS Parents YouTube Channel. Subscribe HERE.

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