How to Make a Small TV Out of Cardboard

Children can use the TV to practice their skills as presenters.
Children can use the TV to practice their skills as presenters. (Image: Michael Blann/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Being a TV presenter may be your child's dream job; a cardboard box TV can help him "practice" on his future role. It is one of the most useful crafts you can make with a box because, instead of being a mere decoration, children can use it as a toy again and again. Creating the TV set requires only a few cutting and gluing tasks. Most of the materials you need are readily available everyday products, such as plastic bottles and notebooks.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard box
  • 2 bottled water caps
  • Pipe cleaners
  • PVC transparent sheet
  • Utility knife
  • Markers
  • Glue

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Draw a rectangle, 7-by-10 inches, on one side of the box. Use a utility knife to remove the rectangle and form the screen's opening. Cut out the side opposite the screen completely. Don't let children handle the knife.

Pierce through the cardboard with the utility knife's tip and twist it around to form small holes. Form three rows of three holes on the left and right side of the television's front side. These holes act as the TV's speakers and come in handy when kids imitate presenters behind the box's screen.

Use markers to color the front of your television set. Enter the television's brand name or symbol directly under the screen. Use a real brand or a fictional one, such as your own name.

Cover the opening of the screen with a letter-sized transparent PVC sheet, such as those used as report covers. Glue the sheet on the inside of the front.

Pierce the top of the cardboard box diagonally with two 5-inch pieces of pipe cleaner to form a rabbit ears TV antenna. Apply glue to the two bottled water caps and stick them to the left of the brand name. These are your "Power" and "Volume" buttons. The cardboard TV is now ready for your children to use.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you don't have a small cardboard box, you can create a TV out of cardboard sheet. Draw the template of a box on the sheet, cut it out and join the sides together, using sticky tape.
  • A supervising adult must make the cuts in the cardboard. Do not let a child undertake these dangerous steps.

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