London bus cardboard box craft

18 Jul

When my husband ordered a new gigantic top box (despite already owning a perfectly good one) I was a bit annoyed. However when it arrived in a huge blank cardboard box I got very excited!


The monsters were quite happy playing in it as it was but I was desperate to turn it into something more and the shape of it seemed perfect for a double decker bus.

I first cut out a door and left it so it could be opened and closed (rather than just a large gap) this proved quite popular. Then I started the task of cutting out the windows. Whilst I was busy doing this The Limpet occupied herself by making tickets for all her passengers.


We then got to work on the very important red paint. We applied it with sponges and it covered it quite quickly but did use a lot of paint.


We added some finishing touches including the bus number and its important destination, and put some small chairs inside and it was ready for its passengers.



We’ve had great fun going on trips to London to see the Olympics, singing the wheels on the bus and organising soft toy passengers.

Aren’t cardboard boxes amazing?!


16 Responses to “London bus cardboard box craft”

  1. featheredneststudio July 18, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

    This is great! I love the way it turned out. πŸ™‚

  2. Oster's Mom July 18, 2012 at 8:19 pm #

    This is so awesome!

  3. eleniantoniou July 19, 2012 at 5:58 am #

    That is so utterly cool!

  4. Jennifer July 19, 2012 at 7:10 am #

    That’s brilliant, and what a fantastic box! We’ve had a cardboard spaceship in our kitchen for months, I’d love to get rid of it but the children are playing inside it most days! We had a cardboard box shop in the living room too but unfortunately it collapsed (nearly on the baby) and so we had to recycle it!

    • entertainingmonsters July 19, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

      Thanks guys. Jennifer – a spaceship sounds great. Hopefully we’ll get some more boxes soon to make other things.

  5. Cerys @ Rainy Day Mum July 19, 2012 at 7:45 am #

    This is great πŸ™‚ – I love it and it’s a perfect way to get you to the Olympic games πŸ™‚ We will be having a Olympic Blog Hop from the 27th July and I really hope that you will come and link up and join in πŸ™‚

  6. Davina July 20, 2012 at 11:56 am #

    What a fantastic idea!!! My boys love when they get their hands on old boxes…I will have to remember the bus idea the next time we have a massive one on our hands!!!

  7. Debs July 30, 2012 at 7:00 am #

    This is very cool! If it’s ok with you, I will be featuring it in a roundup of olympic activites on the MeMeTales blog on friday. πŸ˜€

  8. jdaniel4smom August 2, 2012 at 11:13 am #

    My son saw this post and now really wants his own bus!

  9. Angelique Felix August 4, 2012 at 10:02 am #

    Oh what a magnificent olympic project you did for your child! Thank you for linking up to our Bloghop ‘Kids Bloggers Go Olympics’

    Angelique & Cerys

  10. Randomly Fascinated August 23, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    Great idea! I would love to have you link this up to my linky party!


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