Introduction: 5 Things to Make With That Random Piece of Cardboard

Do you ever buy something and find a random sheet of cardboard inside of the packaging that serves absolutely no purpose whatsoever? Well, luckily there are tons of ways to put these supposedly purposeless pieces of cardboard to good use. Check them out!

for more fun DIYs, check out my blog Artsy Teen

Step 1: Make a Makeshift Palette

Now I’m no professional painter, but every once in a while I do like to pick up a paintbrush and attempt (unsuccessfully) to become the next Picasso. Seeing as I don’t own an actual palette, during these random bursts of motivation I tend to use a piece of cardboard instead and, trust me that works just fine!

Step 2: Make a DIY Bracelet Holder

If you’re anything like me, some part of your room/desk/shelf is covered with tangled heaps of jewelry. Or maybe you’re a normal, organised person -who knows. Anyway, for this simple DIY just take a square sheet of cardboard, cut it to desired size, roll it into a tube-shape and staple the sides together. Then, just slip on your bracelets and you’re done!

Step 3: Make DIY Stencils

Stencils probably aren’t something you use on a regular basis, but now and then they do come in handy. Instead of wasting money and buying them in a shop, you can simply print off a stencil template at home and cut out the shape from cardboard.

To download the flower stencil I used, click here.

Step 4: DIY Vintage Bookmarks

I love reading and one of my greatest struggles in life will always be my inability to hold on to bookmarks. Every year, I’ll get about seventy eight bookmarks from friends, families, bookshops etc., but whenever I’m actually reading a book I can never find one.
So, I thought I’d improve my chances of finding a bookmark by making a few more (which I’ve probably lost by now) out of my sheet of cardboard. As you can probably tell, it’s not a very complicated process. Just cut out strips of cardboard and decorate them with pretty paper, drawings and just whatever takes your fancy. To make them look really 'vintage' I recommend staining them slightly with tea bags or brown paint.

Step 5: Make a DIY Diamond Garland

This DIY is a simple way to add a pop of colour to your room. All you need to do is cut out your desired shapes from the cardboard (for the diamond design I used click here), colour them in with pencils and give them a black outline with a permanent marker. Then, simply tape them onto a long piece of string/wool and hang the garland up in your room!

for more fun DIYs, check out my blog Artsy Teen

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