DIY Cardboard Jewerly

Cardboard has always been one of my favorite craft supplies…it’s like the workhorse of all materials. It’s sturdy enough to build rocket ships, and its availability and abundance makes it un-precious.

At an influencer conference earlier this year (Alt Summit), my craft-sisters Rachel Faucett of Handmade Charlotte and Jodi Levine of Super Make It and I led a crafting session that we called Upcycled Cardboard Jewelry that even SJP Would Wear! Basically we covered tables with painted cardboard and cereal/cracker boxes, Colorshot paint pens, and various string and let the collective creativity happen! We made some examples, but we were blown away with what was produced in the 90 minute craft sesh!

If you are looking to make some fun homemade Mother’s Day gifts this year, this is easy and practically free!

Here are the materials that we used and LOVED!


Of all the paint markers I’ve ever used (and I’ve used a lot), Colorshot is by far my fave!

Yarn, paracord, twine and nylon knotting cord are all great for stringing and decorating!

We arranged the cardboard by color. We painted it with Colorshot acrylic paint and the vibrancy was amazing!


These are all made from cardboard!

Metallic paint on simple rectangles of cardboard mixed with a paracord chain can look super elegant!

Attach small shapes of cardboard to hair clips and look what you can make! Crafted and modeled by the talented Sara Walk of Tell Love and Party!

I was blown away by the creativity of Sarah Chambers’ earrings! She really look this assignment to the next level!

Nicole Choules of Salt & Honey Market in Salt Lake City made this gorgeous statement piece to match the clothes on her back. Three simple shapes glued together and she even let a little of the cardboard show!

Kristen, co-owner of Treehouse Kid & Craft in Atlanta and Athens GA took a different approach to collaging shapes. Color, shape, and balance are all working together here!

And one of my favorite people on the planet, Jodi Levine of Super Make It, rolled her cardboard to make these chunky beads.

Heather Donohue created a cool pattern adding Colorshot paint pen designs on top of a painted piece of cardboard to start her jewelry project.

May 4, 2020| Early Elementary, Everyday Crafts, Grown-Up, Holidays, Jewelry and Fashion, Mother's Day, Older Elementary, Paper, Preschool, Tween to Teen, Upcycled