We consider ourselves pretty crafty here at The Store-y.

We’ve made a cardboard Christmas tree; we’ve made cardboard Christmas decorations; and heck, we’ve even made cardboard dog costumes.

So when we stumbled across a few “quick and easy” DIY cardboard craft projects, we thought it’d be a walk in the park. We thought we had this in the bag (or box). We thought we’d nail it.

How naïve we were.

In what we’d intended to be an impressive display of our creative abilities (and the awesome versatility of the modest box), our expectations plummeted faster than you can say look what I made.

But we’re good sports, so we didn’t want to deny you of this trainwreck caught on film. Because what’s more relatable than a little failure?


DIY Cardboard Money Box

Nailed It - Money Box

Hands up who has ever felt personally victimised by craft glue?

Mean Girls GIF

This adorable house-shaped novelty money box stole our hearts when we found it on the 5-Minute Crafts YouTube channel. But a 5-minute craft it was not.

Thanks to a bit of a battle with some crappy craft glue, we resorted to unsightly scotch tape to hold our cardboard walls together. If only it was strong enough to help us hold onto our patience.

All things considered, the end product was a functional (albeit, a little wonky) money box that we probably will never use.

Score: 5/10

Technically it works, right? That’s a pass in our books!


DIY Laptop Holder

Nailed It - Laptop Holder

The sad part is, we really tried.

But before you go all Judge Judy on us, let’s just keep in mind we didn’t quite have the right materials or any templates to go off when making this laptop tray. And our loosey-goosey style didn’t serve us too well.

They say it’s the journey that matters, not the destination.

Well, our journey was an emotional rollercoaster, and our destination was a fire hazard that reminded us of a cat meme.

Cat Meme

Score: 1/10

We’d rather just use a table.


DIY Pencil Holder

Nailed It - Pencil Holder

Watching this seemingly easy-to-follow tutorial, we felt a sparkle of hope. Or was that just some glitter in our eye?

With our scotch tape in tow, we tried our luck at making a novelty pencil holder.

Surely nothing could go wrong with this one. Surely this would be our masterpiece. They’d see. They’d all see.

But it wasn’t meant to be.

Sure, we ignored the measurements. Sure, we skipped a step or two. But this project, by definition, was a success. Our pencil holder held those pencils, damn it.

Score: 5/10

She may not be much to look at, but she gets the job done!


Use your leftover moving boxes to try your luck at these DIY cardboard craft projects, or stock up on boxes at the Box Shop. Now please excuse us while we rid ourselves of glitter.