We’ve all been home for weeks, and that most likely means that there have been a ton of online orders placed and packages received. You may have not thought of it before, but cardboard boxes are a great medium to draw on and make crafts with. Cardboard art has actually been around for quite some time, and it’s a hugely versatile medium that can be used for anything from drawing on to creating sculptures with. One of the best aspects of utilizing cardboard for creating art is the unintentional, but beneficial, environmental impact, by re-using something that can now serve a secondary purpose and not just end up in the landfill. 

Cardboard art as a medium is not only accessible but also versatile, allowing artists to express their creativity in a myriad of ways. The texture, color, and durability of the medium make it an excellent choice for both two and three-dimensional pieces, as well as things like cardboard paintings and other fun projects. With its unique blend of rustic charm and contemporary appeal, cardboard art has become increasingly popular in recent years.

One of the most exciting aspects of making art on cardboard is its ability to repurpose materials that would otherwise go to waste. The medium’s accessibility means that artists can create works of art with materials readily available in their surroundings. This aspect of cardboard art is not only environmentally conscious but also challenges artists to think outside the box, quite literally, and create works that reflect their unique perspective.

It can also be used to address important social issues. Artists have used the medium to create thought-provoking pieces that raise awareness about topics such as poverty, environmental degradation, and social justice. This type of art can inspire people to think critically about these issues and take action to make a positive change in the world. The use of cardboard in these works of art adds an additional layer of meaning by emphasizing the importance of resourcefulness and sustainability in finding solutions to complex societal problems.

In honor of the various ways cardboard can be used as an art form, we wanted to showcase some of our favorite pieces. Keep scrolling to check them out!

Cardboard used to create plates of food

A breakfast spread created with cardboard by Marie-Laure Pham

Cardboard used to create a drawing

Cardboard used as an illustration medium by Okat

Cardboard art face by amaiaarrazola

Cardboard faces by Amaiaarrazola

Rhino artwork on cardboard by Dave Selkirk

Cardboard artwork by Dave Silkerk

Cardboard used to created  a dragon illustration

Dragon illustration on cardboard by Charlotte Reynold

Cardboard illustration by Reem Altwaim

Cardboard illustration by Reem Altwaim

Cardboard art by Jordan Fretz

Cardboard art by Jordan Fretz

Cardboard illustration by Wenyi

Cardboard illustration by Wenyi