If you follow my blog at all, you know that I am uber cheap. Hence the “shoestring” part of my blog name. When I put  together recipes or crafts, it is typically from things I already have in the house. With the constant barrage of boxes that come through our home, cardboard is not an area where we are lacking. We even have a good collection of cardboard toilet paper rolls because (1) we use plenty of it with our large family and (2) I tend to hoard it for cardboard crafts.

Cardboard Gift Tag

DIY Gift Tag

Therefore, as I was looking around for a gift tag this past week, I realized I could just make my own using a few supplies I have here. Look at this list of supplies:

  • Paper
  • Printer
  • Cardboard
  • Design Software (I use Photoshop but you could also use PicMonkey for free)
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Stamp ink

Of course, putting it together has to be simple. I mean, if I am doing it. It took me about 30 minutes (once I decided on my design).

DIY Gift Tag


  1. Create design in design software. Since I needed a baby gift tag, I started with the letter B. I then found a poem and pasted it into the letter. Using the program, I picked various fonts to highlight the important words of the poem. I then printed out the finished, decorated letter.
  2. Next, I cut own my finished letter and glued it to a piece of cardboard. I then cut around the letter again to incorporate the cardboard backing.
  3. Finally, I tied my ribbons to the “B” to give it a pop of color… and to have a way to tie it onto the gift bag.
  4. And done! We gave it to our daughter’s speech therapist for her first baby coming soon.

See? Told you. Super easy! And you can do it with any letter, design, etc. you need.

Cardboard Crafts

10 More Cardboard Crafts

As I worked on my simple cardboard craft, I was intrigued and went to search for more. Oh my! There is a whole world of cardboard crafts much, MUCH more amazing than mine above. Some of these people are truly incredible and creative. Just take a look:

  1. Photography Lightbox
  2. DIY Cardboard Giraffe
  3. Chalk Clock
  4. Faux Metal Wall Art
  5. Cardboard Wreath
  6. Cardboard Castle for under $4
  7. Cereal Box Horse Heads
  8. Tea Party Cardboard Handbags
  9. Cardboard box turned Belted Storage Totes
  10. DIY Cardboard Coin Bank

What creative ways do you use cardboard?

How fun… and frugal! I think frugal is my favorite. Give them a try one day. Even if you do not have a packing box… food boxes can work too. My oldest daughter knows that most of her gifts come wrapped in food boxes. The kids know that around Christmas, everything in the pantry comes out of boxes because I need them for wrapping. Then it looks like we opened nothing but food after the unwrapping is done.