We recently held a cardboard contest and received more than 150 amazing entries from kids. You can see those entries on the original contest page. Now it's time to announce the winners.
Our team had a really tough time selecting winners because there really were so many great entries. We'd often say, "Did a kid really make that?" or, "Is that really cardboard?" In the end we took it to a vote, and three entries came out on top. We did decide to name seven additional honorable mention winners because we were seriously impressed. Take a look.
Our grand prize winner created a replica of her grandpa's guitar.
This entry has amazing attention to detail. Anaya, 12, writes this about her entry for the cardboard contest: "My grandpa, who loved to play music, unfortunately died from pancreatic cancer, so I made a cardboard replica of his old fender guitar with real guitar strings to honor him. One day I want to be as talented and kindhearted as him."
This runner-up winner got inspiration from Star Wars.
We'll admit that we have a few Star Wars fans among our team, but all were impressed with this cardboard AT-AT replica with working legs. Nice job to 13-year-old Gabriel!
This runner-up winner was inspired by her pet parrot.
We love this entry from 11-year-old Lola. She must have spent so much time carving out each section. Her mom, Madigan, writes, "Miss Lola Jayne has been creating with cardboard for as long as any of us can remember. Once learning of our cardboard contest, she immediately set forth on her birdcage project. Please note the latching door, removable perches, and food/water dishes as well as a treat container, full of cardboard treats! We do have a parrot at home who enjoys many of these amenities."
See the rest of our honorable mentions.
"Salwa loves L.O.L dolls and loves to come up with story plots to entertain her brothers. She created this marionette box and character for her new story."
"Evan constructed a velociraptor skeleton out of Amazon boxes. He wanted to wear it so he incorporated a bike helmet, then spray painted the bones white to finish the job."
"Our Mason loves trains. After researching we found out that the first locomotive was the number 5 steam locomotive, which was perfect for the kid's design idea for the cardboard challenge. As a team effort from his sister's Allyson and Madison then his sidekick brother Jason, the project was both educational and full of crafty fun for all."
"My big brother and I LOVE to play skee ball at the beach. We couldn't go to the beach this summer so we made our own skee ball together out of cardboard boxes! My big brother Noah is 12 and he helped me. It was really fun!!!"
"I built a cardboard crane using cardboard boxes, two wooden dowels, and string. The crane is controlled by a control box with two wheels, one controls the height of the claw, and the other can open/close the claw. I built a custom pulley system to allow the crane to be operated. This crane is able to hold items up to three pounds."
"Emma made stables for her horses. She used thumb tacks so the gates can be opened and closed. She decorated it with glow in the dark stars."