Turn cardboard boxes into a phone booth for heroes' quick costume changes.

Phone Booth
Credit: Tara Donnec

What You'll Need

  • 2 cardboard wardrobe boxes (approximately 24"x 20"x 48"; available at moving-supply stores)
  • Masking tape
  • Ruler
  • Craft knife
  • Red latex interior paint
  • Light-blue paper
  • 1" blue painter's tape
  • White poster board
  • Shoe box
  • Cardboard tube
  • Paper cup
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • Yarn

Make It

  1. Open top and bottom flaps of one wardrobe box; use masking tape to secure open, creating a column that is about 65" tall and open at either end.
  2. Using a craft knife, cut a 56"x 18" door in the box. Cut two 6"x 10" window openings at top of door.
  3. Use second box as a cap to stabilize the structure. To make cap, hot-glue the flaps of the second box closed on one end. Cut down box to measure 24"x 20"x 12". Fit cap onto booth.
  4. Paint phone booth red; let dry.
  5. Cut blue paper into six 6"x 10" rectangles. Secure to door with blue painter's tape to create windows.
  6. Cut white poster board into a 6"x 14" rectangle, write "telephone" on it, and tape to the top with blue painter's tape.
  7. Paint the shoe box red.
  8. Cut the paper cups to 2" high; cut the paper-towel tube to 7" long.
  9. Hot-glue cups to paper-towel tube.
  10. Cut a 40" piece of yarn; attach one end to shoe box and other to "phone." Hot-glue box inside booth (not shown).

Originally published in the May 2013 issue of Parents magazine.

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