Handicrafts Made Simple: Cardboard and Paper
Handicrafts Made Simple: Cardboard & Paper


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Handicrafts Made Simple: Cardboard & Paper

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With Handicrafts Made Simple it’s easy to add handicrafts to your school schedule. The step-by-step demonstrations and accompanying booklet walk you and your children through interesting and useful projects in cardboard and paper crafts. (Grades 1–6)
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Teach your children useful life skills with short and simple handicraft lessons!

Charlotte Mason intentionally included handicrafts in her school schedule. She believed that “another elemental relationship, which every child should be taught and encouraged to set up, is that of power over material. Every child makes sand castles, mud-pies, paper boats, and he or she should go on to work in clay, wood, brass, iron, leather, dress-stuffs, food-stuffs, furnishing-stuffs. He should be able to make with his hands and should take delight in making” (Vol. 3, p. 80).

Now it’s easy to add handicraft lessons to your curriculum with Handicrafts Made Simple. This video presents lessons in cardboard and paper crafting and includes

  • Step-by-step instructions with close-up details that will give you and your children confidence as you learn.
  • Fun projects that your children will actually use.
  • A 12-week suggested schedule with freedom to work at your own pace and accommodate all levels of expertise and skill.
  • A complete list of easy-to-find, inexpensive supplies so you can get started right away. (See a list of materials used for each craft.)
  • A handy booklet with tips for the lessons and ideas for bonus projects.
  • Enjoyable lessons and projects for both boys and girls, older and younger.

Projects Included

  • Paper Envelope
  • Sketch Book
  • Simple Box
  • Art Portfolio
  • Fancy Box
  • Puppet Theater and Puppets

Sample Video

This sample from session two of Handicrafts Made Simple: Cardboard & Paper gives a good feel for the short lessons, detailed close-ups, and level of content in a middle lesson.

Here’s a list of materials needed for this Handicrafts Made Simple course:


  • Scissors
  • Pen or pencil
  • Ruler
  • One-hole punch (optional, but recommended)


  • An envelope
  • A few sheets of decorative paper or calendar pictures
  • Three medium-weight cardboard boxes, such as medium size Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes OR Two medium-weight cardboard boxes and one heavy-weight (corrugated) box, approx. 11 1/2″ x 13″ each
  • Ten or twenty blank sheets of 8 1/2″ x 11″ copy paper
  • String or yarn
  • Five empty large cereal boxes
  • Two 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheets of card stock paper
  • Adhesive tape or glue
  • Plastic drinking straws or wooden popsicle sticks
  • Decorative supplies, such as paints, stickers, markers,crayons, etc.
  • Two paper towel tubes or a stack of small paper cups

Additional Information

Weight0.25 lbs
Dimensions7 × 5.25 × 0.56 in


Digital Video


Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6

Running Time

45 minutes


Check out these extra tips and ideas that correspond to the handicrafts in our Handicrafts Made Simple videos.

1 review for Handicrafts Made Simple: Cardboard & Paper

  1. mossyarmywife27

    I purchased this DVD for my 7 and 9 year old boys. Something gentle to get them in the atmosphere of attention and following directions. It’s laid out so beautifully Rebekah just like Sonya are such a joy to listen to. Rebekah is a great teacher her voice is inviting and her pace is perfect for beginners. I will have my boys watch the video while I gather the supplies to the table when its over they will come to table and start. Just by watching it themselves the one time they are able to direct themselves but I’ll also play it again while they are working so they can listen to it again. They are able to work mostly independently with the exception that I may have to help with the hole punch, taping or holding the ruler in place while they draw the lines. Also the production of this video is very professional, the camera is very smooth in movement and angles. This is overall well worth the price paid. Just another great resource for our Charlotte Mason education. Thank you!

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