Category Archives: Corrugated / Cardboard

What’s the difference between corrugated and cardboard? What corrugated strengths are available for boxes? How is it made? Learn all about our favorite material.

Rock N’ Roll — Cardboard Style! DIY Guitar

If you’re facing yet another snow day and running out of ideas, we’ve got you covered with this how-to for a fun DIY Children’s Faux Guitar. Use your old corrugated cardboard boxes from the holiday season to create a superstar instrument for a fraction of the cost — at least until your kids start asking for real guitar lessons.

Strumming On A Guitar
We’ve always advocated for recycling boxes, but we especially love this DIY. To start, cut a circular hole in the top of a rectangular or small square cardboard box (it’s OK to switch up the shape). If you need help, the bottom of a coffee mug is a pretty good size. Then, about an inch or two away from the circle you’ve just cut out, in line with the center of the hole, punch four tiny holes for the “strings” on each side (a small screwdriver will create the right size). Try to make them as even as possible — you can use a ruler if you need extra help.

Turn a Cardboard Box into a Guitar
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Cardboard Revamped — Google Style!

As only one of the world’s most innovative and techno-savvy companies can, the popular Internet search engine Google has created a whole new world, simply from cardboard. Obviously, we’re huge fans of their custom printed boxes, which have been reworked into a virtual reality experience that you can see on your iPhone, through an app and the cardboard viewfinder. Whether you want to travel to Paris, Tokyo, or — why not? — even Mars, the cardboard viewfinder sets you up for hours of fun, without the long flight.

How It Works
Remember those orange and red slide viewfinders that many of us looked into for hours in childhood? Well, Google Cardboard is like those were (well, if those basically came alive and showed you way more than just stills from popular Disney movies). You can travel across the globe, put yourself on stage at a rock concert, or “ski” down some of the world’s craziest black diamond slopes. You can even use the app to visit popular landmarks like Marie Antoinette’s Versailles Palace in France, with a tour guide! And Google staples, like Street View or Google Earth, are suddenly transformed into a three-dimensional, walking experience. All you have to do is download the app onto your smart phone, and slip the phone into the slot in the cardboard viewfinder.

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Think Outside the Box… Literally

The sign of a truly creative mind is the ability to transform something ordinary into the extraordinary. Combined with the recent resurgence of upcycled products and an emphasis on a more simplistic design, even a cardboard box can serve as the perfect medium: recently, one artist even recreated a vintage Lincoln Continental from cardboard! No matter your talent level, you can find unlimited ways to turn product boxes into craft projects, games for children and even home décor!

Corrugated Cardboard Car

Make New Friends
Cardboard makes a great—and forgiving—canvas for miniature Picassos! Encourage your kids to cut out animal shapes from old boxes, then paint or draw on them to make them as life-like as possible. Glue a popsicle stick to the back and you have an instant puppet! Your children can create an entire pretend zoo from the materials provided by a single product box. Since cardboard is much sturdier than construction paper, their creations will last much longer and can go on far more exciting adventures, and require minimal cleanup.
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‘Tis the Season For Cardboard Gingerbread Houses

December is here, and it’s time to get into the holiday spirit! This means wrapping presents, decorating the tree, hanging stockings and building gingerbread houses. But with everything you have to get done before the 25th, we can bet that one thing you definitely don’t have time for is cleaning up a sugary, sticky mess! Thankfully, we have the perfect, mess-free, simple solution. This year, why not make a sans-confectionary gingerbread house with leftover cardboard product boxes! Not only will your children enjoy them for much longer than the usual graham cracker and icing versions that crack after a week, you’ll love having one less thing to cross off your cleaning list!

Corrugated Cardboard Boxes - Gingerbread House

Larger Than Life
One benefit to using up all those recycled custom boxes for your gingerbread house? When you use boxes, you have more sizing options than you do with the stick-the graham-on-the-milk-carton version! Why not really get festive this year and make your gingerbread house life size? Your children can pretend to be elves, or Santa himself, dropping gifts down their own cardboard chimney. Though making a cardboard home is fairly intuitive, if you’re stuck on construction, you can always check out Pinterest for some great instructions (hint: duct tape — a lot of it).
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Holiday Packaging 101: Make Sure Your Gifts Make It Under The Tree!

In the season of giving, how you ship products is just as important as what’s underneath the ribbons and bows! No one wants to spend hours agonizing over the perfect gift for someone, only to have it arrive in pieces due to faulty shipping and packaging. At Custom Boxes Now, we’ve got you — and your gifts — covered. Read on to learn about how our custom product boxes weather even the most difficult of snowstorms and sleigh rides!

Custom Product Boxes

Finding the One
Picking out the right box to ship your items in can make a world of difference, which is why we’ve made sure to offer an array of custom product boxes for you to choose from. We offer everything from the basic Regular Slotted Container, which can hold heavy loads and require packing tape to seal; to One Panel Folders, used to ship books and photographs. No matter what you’re wrapping up, we can provide you with the box needed to make sure it arrives safely. We’ve also written a blog post designed to help you figure out which type of box suits your needs. Continue reading

Practical Recycling: Three Cardboard Playhouses to Brighten Your Holiday Season

With the holiday season just around the corner, finding creative ways to recycle and reuse corrugated shipping boxes can help you enjoy green-friendly living while adding to your enjoyment at home. Durable cardboard can form the basis for a number of creative and fun playhouse projects that can keep younger children entertained for hours of fun. Here are three of the best ways to reuse shipping boxes for the younger members of your family.

Corrugated Cardboard Spaceship

#1. Spaceship
Large round boxes like those used for hats and cakes can serve as the top of a stylish spaceship. The foundation should be a box large enough for your child to sit in comfortably. Construction paper and smaller boxes can be used to create control panels and seating inside. For the finishing touch, add a cone made of light cardboard or construction paper to create the nose of the spaceship. Bright tempera paints can make this a homemade project your child will remember for years to come. Continue reading

Thankful for Online Shopping & Custom Boxes

The holiday season is almost upon us. Planning the shipping boxes your business will use to fill orders on Black Friday and beyond can make a positive impact on new and returning customers. The right graphic designs and material choices for your custom boxes can boost your company’s visibility at every step of the shipping process. Here are some of the most important elements to consider when designing your boxes for holiday deliveries.

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Choosing the Right Materials
Especially for companies that deliver food items for the holidays, choosing solid corrugated cardboard can provide real advantages:
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Five Advantages of Custom Corrugated Boxes: Why These Shipping Solutions Are Here to Stay

Custom corrugated boxes for shipping have been a staple of the packaging industry for decades. These sturdy boxes can stand up to repeated bumps and impacts to protect their contents against damage, making them a cost-effective and lightweight way to ship items across town or across the country. While technological advances have changed many parts of the distribution and supply chain, these custom cardboard boxes continue to serve as the industry standard for shipping. Here are five reasons that custom boxes are here to stay.

Custom Corrugated Box

#1. Right-Sized Packaging Makes Financial Sense
Boxes too large for the items they hold require added packing material to prevent unwanted shifts and damage to contents. Over time, this added weight and paper consumption can generate significant costs for companies and can increase the environmental impact of their operations. By choosing custom shipping boxes, companies can more easily manage packaging for a wide range of items while keeping costs to a reasonable level.
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Five Key Produce Packaging Features for National Apple Month

Fresh fruits and vegetables require special handling during the shipping process. These delicate items can easily be bruised or damaged. Additionally, vegetables and fruits need the right packaging to protect them against environmental factors that could increase the risk of spoilage en route to their destinations. Because October is National Apple Month, the packaging experts at Custom Boxes Now have put together a list of the five most important elements to consider when packing these fruits for delivery to retail outlets or consumers.

Cardboard Tray for Shipping Apples
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Five Top Cardboard Costume Projects to Try This Halloween

Modern cardboard containers can do more than protect items on the way to consumers. These unique cardboard boxes can also serve as the basis for innovative and attractive Halloween costumes this fall. By recycling these materials, you can reinforce green-friendly values with your children while saving money on store-bought products. From traditional favorites to handmade conceptions that figuratively think outside the box, the team at Custom Boxes Now has compiled a list of five of the best costumes for this harvest season.

TOP COSTUME #1:  The Ever-Popular Robot
Square and rectangular boxes of different sizes form the basis for this traditional costume. Depending on your do-it-yourself skill, you can use duct tape or staples to connect the various parts of the costume. Best of all, your young child can decorate the outside with tempura paints to express their own robot vision. For older children, metallic spray paints can be used with supervision to create a more realistic version of these costumes. Dryer vents can provide bendable arms and legs that still look amazingly real for a homemade effort.

Cardboard Box Robot

TOP COSTUME #2:  Dino Power
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