Here’s a fun craft-meets-construction activity to try, colorful paper cube sculptures. With just paper and glue, you can create 3-D cubes that can be stacked or glued together to create a larger sculpture. Once you show your kids the simple technique, they will be able to make a cube in just minutes.
So, the cubes.
HOW TO MAKE PAPER BOXES
The only supplies you need for making paper cubes are pieces of colored construction paper and a glue stick.
We used this multi-color pack of neon paper – love how bright the colors are! Cut your paper into 2″x4″ strips. It is not super important how long or wide your pieces are as long as they are all the same size. We made our strips 4 1/4″ long (paper cut in half) and then roughly 2 inches wide.
You could also use scrapbook paper or card stock to make your cubes. If you like, draw on or decorate the paper strips before getting started, too.
Also needed is a cup of glue with Q-tips or a glue stick.
You will need 12 strips of paper for each cube. Fold each slip in half “like a hotdog”.
Now it’s time to start constructing the cube. Overlap and glue four strips into a square, tray-like shape. Make two of these trays for the top and bottom of the cube.
Now let’s add the sides. Working with one of the trays you just completed, attach a strip to each inside corner, standing up.
When you have all four sides attached, it should look like this:
The last step is to attach the top and complete the cube. We found it easiest to apply a generous amount of glue to the inside corners of the top, then set it on top of the sides, turn it upside down, and press each corner into place.
You now have a cool and colorful paper cube. If you want your cubes to be really sturdy, I recommend making them with card stock instead of construction paper. Ours were just a little wavy and wobbly, but still came together nicely.
These blocks are addictive. You won’t want to make one, you’ll want a dozen! We stacked them and then hung our blocks from the ceiling. Super cool!!
After you make a couple together your kids can make the blocks independently. Our 3 year old had fun helping us glue. Our five year old has been making them all by herself!
You can also add white paper to the “windows” of the cubes for a unique gift box.
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