Creative With Cardboard (and Bubble Wrap!) Christmas Special
If you’ve been as busy as we have so far in December, you may not have had time to sort out your Christmas decorations yet. Or maybe you’re wondering how you’re going to keep the kids entertained over the school holidays.
Well, don’t despair, because if you’ve got some old cardboard boxes and bubble wrap lying around (and if you’re a regular Davpack customer, there’s a pretty good chance that these are things that figure large in your life!), you can solve all your problems in one fell swoop.
We’ve been scouring the internet to find the best seasonal ideas for using leftover packaging materials to add a little extra Christmas sparkle to your home or office, or indulge in some quality art-and-craft time with the children.
First up we have not one, but two ways of making cardboard Christmas trees. This first one is probably the most straightforward – although it would have been even easier if they hadn’t shot some of their explanatory photographs under a tree on a sunny day.
You can find a similar version here, but this time the instructions are on a video and shot in proper light.
Quick health and safety note: don’t try to cut your tree with a sharp knife as quickly as they do in the video, because accidents can easily happen!
This second one may look a little harder to make, but also looks a lot more spectacular when it’s finished, judging by the photos on this website:
You can get the full instructions by clicking on the link for the pdf further down the page. Another health and safety note: if you want to get the beautiful ‘lit up’ effect in the picture, make sure you use some kind of electric or battery powered lamp, with the bulb kept well away from the tree. Never use a naked flame – cardboard is, and always has been, somewhat flammable!
Once you’ve got your tree up, you’ll naturally want to decorate it and this where our bubble wrap comes into its own. These are also the projects best suited to doing with the little ones, as there are less sharp edges involved – just a bit of cutting the bubble wrap into the right shape with a pair of scissors.
Put all these together and we think you’d have something looking very special and very festive, at a fraction of the price you’d pay in the shops – and you’ll have a lot more fun in the process as well!