Recycled Cardboard Animals DIY

Recycled Cardboard Animals DIY


By Babysits, 3 min read


Recycled cardboard is a fun and versatile material that we all tend to have stashed away somewhere in our home. So, instead of throwing it in the recycling bin, why not create something beautiful with it? Gather the kids, whip out the paint and get your creativity on!

Teaching children about the balance of our delicate ecosystem is more important now than ever. So, to help you start the conversation with your kids, we’ve created this fun cardboard animal DIY for you to follow! Why not combine fun and learning whilst building your own wildlife animals together?

Cardboard kids craft

To get started, all you’ll need is a pair of scissors, a pencil and some cardboard. If you know what animal you’d like to create, you can start by drawing a simple outline onto cardboard. You don’t need to be too picky because you can add details later with a bit of paint!

Craft for kids

The idea here is to keep your shapes super simple! I created animal shapes to loosely represent each of my wildlife animals, and then created “U” shaped legs which could be slotted into place via two slits I’d cut into each body shape.

Cardboard Cutout

And now it’s painting time! I used acrylic paint in colours that I thought matched the animals’ natural appearance. Of course, if you want to spice things up a bit and create a purple elephant or a blue giraffe, go ahead! Once the base coats have dried, you can go in with a thin-bristled brush to add all those fun extra details like the giraffe’s spots.

painted cutouts

Once you’ve finished painting your cardboard animals and they’ve had time to dry, you can finally piece them together for the final result!

Cardboard Craft

And voila! You’ll have yourself a herd of wild animals in no time. These guys look great sat on a shelf next to children’s books, or even strung by some string and turned into a mobile.

Cardboard Animal Craft

Did you enjoy this DIY? Take a look at our other DIY’s for more great ideas for kids!

And don’t forget to share your creations with us on Instagram! Tag @babysits and show off your wildlife animals.

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