3D Looking Window Box

by Lynn Lilly, May 31 2021

Grab a cardboard box before it hits the recycling bin and use your imagination to create a cool and dreamy scene inside of your very own looking window! Here is what you need for this craft:

Project Difficulty: Advanced


  • Construction Paper (pink, yellow, blue, purple, black)
  • Washable Liquid Glue
  • Washable Glue Stick
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard Box
  • Erasable Colored Pencil

Additional Materials:

  • Cardboard Box (any size box will work)
  • Small Bowl or Something Circular to Trace



  1. Cut all four flaps off of your cardboard box, then set them to the side for a later step.  
  2. Cut pieces of construction paper to cover the inside and the outside of the box. Cut black construction paper to cover the inside bottom and inside side walls. Use your glue stick to glue the paper to the box. 
  3. Cut and glue blue construction paper to cover the outside walls of the box.  
  4. Use a colored pencil to draw 3 clouds on the pink construction paper. You can make them as big or as small as you’d like depending on your box size.
  5. Next, it's time to cut out our moon! Flip your small bowl (or circular item) over on top of the yellow construction paper, then trace out a circle using your colored pencil.
  6. Cut out the moon and clouds. 
  7. Let’s make the stars! Fold the left over yellow paper in half twice, then place your glue stick on top and use a colored pencil to trace around the bottom of it. When you're done tracing, use scissors to cut the circle out. If your paper is folded in half twice you should end up with at least four circles. The yellow circles will represent twinkle starts. 
  8. Next we are making sea waves. Draw 2 wavy lines in the middle of your pink and blue construction paper. Once you're done, cut along the drawn lines and you should up with 2 wavy strips of paper from each piece of construction paper. 
  9. Once you've finished your waves set them to the side so we can start on our whale! Draw a big upside down “U” shape starting from the edge of the purple construction paper.
  10. Next, draw the shape of a tail. You’ll want to make sure it’s curved up so you’ll be able to see it sticking out of the water. Once you're done, cut both out and set your whale's body and tail to the side. 
  11. The next step is optional if you want to make box 3D. 
  12. Cut 20 strips of cardboard from the box flaps you cut off in step 1. (approximately 2" - don't have to be exact.  Fold each accordion style at least 3 times. 
  13. Use liquid glue to glue the cardboard accordion strips onto the back of your clouds, the moon, and ocean waves. 
  14. Use liquid glue again on the back of your accordion strips to attach your 3D clouds and moon at the top of your box. Use the glue stick to glue the twinkle stars around the sky.
  15. Attach cardboard strips to the back of the whale and the tail. 
  16. Glue the whale to the background and then layer in the waves. 
  17. Use your scrap cardboard flaps to cut 6 strips that are the same length/height of your box. These will be the frame and pains of the window. The ideal width of each strip is about 1".  
  18. Create a cross in the middle of your box using one strip that is the length of your box and one that is the width of your box. Use glue to attach the cross to the front of the box, then hold it in place until it's dry. 
  19. Glue the remaining cardboard strips around the box to make the window frame. 

We hope you enjoyed this Camp Craft Box project! Parents, share your child’s craft on the Camp Craft Box Facebook Group. Don’t forget to tag @crayola and @craftboxgirls and use the hashtag #CampCraftBox if you share your child's projects on social media. 



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