Suit boxes and pieces of light weight cardboard of all kinds are exceedingly useful for many purposes in the class room and especially in construction work. Boxes should be cut or unfolded so that space may be conserved in storing.


Make the pages from wrapping paper twice as wide as the width of the desired folio cover and one and one-half times as wide as the height of the cover. Fold up wrapping paper twice at the bottom to make a hem. Fold this crosswise in the center to make the page. Several pages may be used in a book. Choose a large piece of cardboard and fold in the center crosswise to make the cover of the folio. Sew the pages in the cover with the open edges at the back as shown on page 109. Pictures or written material may be filed in the hems of the pages. The cover may have a colored magazine picture, lettering or any cut paper design pasted on it. Suitable for middle and upper grades.

Portfolio wrapping paper

Portfolio showing construction of pages from wrapping paper, cover from suit box cardboard and inside of completed folio.

Japanese book

Japanese book made with light weight cardboard cover, wrapping paper pages and string sewing. Loose leaf note book, showing construction of the inside.

Japanese Book

For the cover cut two pieces of cardboard the desired size of book. Cut pages of any thin paper slightly smaller than the cover. Make a bend in the cardboard about one-half inch from the left edge. Along this edge with a darning needle punch holes about one inch apart. Punch both covers. Place pages between covers and sew with string as shown on page 110. The cover of the book may have characters similar to Japanese writing drawn on with a water color brush and ordinary school ink. Suitable for all grades.

Loose Leaf Note Book

Cut one piece of cardboard as wide as the height of the book and twice as long (plus one-fourth inch) as width of book. Fold crosswise with one-fourth inch at center for thickness of note book. Cut a small piece of cardboard as long as the height of the note book and two and one-fourth inches wide. Fold this piece with one-fourth inch in center and sew in back of book cover as shown on page 110. Punch three holes in the inside strip and fasten pages between them with string or brass paper fasteners. Decorate the cover as desired. Suitable for middle and upper grades.

shield made from suit box

Front and back view of a shield made from suit box cardboard. Two more shields.


Draw the shield on a piece of wrapping paper with white chalk. Cut it out and trace to cardboard, color with crayon or paint with colored calcimine paints. Sew a strip of cloth or cardboard across the back to hang shield to body. Suitable for middle grades.

Blotter Corners

Fold a piece of cardboard about six by nine inches and cut away parts as shown on page 114. Fold up and paste as shown. Decorate with crayon design. Slip over the corners of large blotter. A small piece of cardboard may be decorated in the same way and pasted to a small blotter. Book marks for lower grades may be made the same as the blotter corners by using a soft wrapping paper, and slipping them over the corner of a page in a book. Suitable for all grades.

Christmas Tree Decorations

From cardboard cut any shape desirable for Christmas tree decorations. Animals, birds, bells, stars or other festive motives may be used. Paste the shape to decorated paper, tinfoil, colored paper and cellophane, envelope linings or other bright colored paper. Paste another piece of the paper on the other side of the board, push the paper down around the object and cut off surplus paper around edges. Thread a darning needle with string and run in to hang decoration to tree. Suitable for all grades.

blotter corner from suit box

Construction of a blotter corner from suit box cardboard. Completed corners and small blotter decorated with crayon. Christmas tree decorations made of light cardboard and decorated paper.


From cardboard cut a pattern the size of one side of the block. Trace around this pattern fifteen times on a piece of lightweight cardboard making a rectangle five squares long and three squares wide. Cut the rectangle out and cut slits as shown on page 116. Fold up and paste into a cube. Pictures or large letters (small letters rather than capitals are preferable) may be cut from magazines or newspapers and pasted on the sides of the block. Suitable for lower grades.

String Boxes

Draw fifteen squares as described for the blocks above. Cut away two whole squares and part of two more at one end for the lid. Decorate the four sides of the box, punch a hole in the top for the string to pass thru. Paste up all except lid which may be opened to put in a new ball of string as it is needed.

block from suit box

Construction of a block from suit box cardboard. A box of similar construction for holding a ball of string.

Two toys

Two toys and some letters made from folded suit box cardboard. Little Red Riding Hood and the wolf, flat puppets made from suit box cardboard.

This box may be used for other things if desired. Suitable for middle grades.

Birds And Animals

Draw the animal on wrapping paper with white chalk. Fold cardboard and draw pattern on it with fold at top of back. Color with crayon. Cut out and the animal will stand. Wheels may be made from milk bottle tops or discs of heavy cardboard. These are nailed to each side of the animal with a small stick of wood between. Letters of the alphabet cut double like this will stand and can be used for many purposes. Suitable for lower and middle grades.


Flat puppets may be made by cutting the figures from cardboard, coloring with crayon or pasting on colored or decorated papers for the features and clothes. Nail a stick of heavy cardboard to the bottom of the puppet, this the manipulator holds in his hand while operating the puppet. Both sides may be colored so the puppet can come on the stage from either side. See page 152 for the puppet stage. Suitable for lower grades.