When is a box not a box... when it's a Princess Carriage!

Here's how we turned a cardboard box into a stylish horse & carriage perfect for a Princess.
Take one large box, fold the bottom & top sections inside the box.

Stick white paper around the outside of the box (we used a double sided tape & a roll of paper for quickness). Decorate the outer top edge of the box with a little gold & glitter for that extra sparkle!

To make the wheels, take two paper plates & two smaller circles of card (we cut our circles from a cereal packet) cover with paint of your choice. Minnie chose more gold... well it is for a Royal Princess! ;)

Minnie decided to add some sparkle to the wheels - very glam!

To create the red & blue hearts we painted some recycled card (with brushes & fingers) & left to dry, then cut out simple heart shapes.

We stuck these onto the carriage along with some flower shapes we had left over from another craft.

To make the shoulder straps I made four holes at opposite ends of the box using scissors (not a job for little hands). Minnie then threaded red, white & blue ribbon through the holes, & to secure them I tied them together. (You'll need to measure the length of the straps before attaching.)

We stuck on the wheels, & I cut a hole in the front of the box so we could slide Minnie's hobby horse through!

We just needed a crown for the Princess & then we were off!


The famous Royal wave
We also made pom-poms to celebrate the Royal wedding using red, white & blue ribbon.

To create the curls, tie the ribbons tightly together & carefully slide each piece of ribbon along the side of a pair of scissors (not a job for little hands). To make the ribbons thinner, tear each ribbon in half starting at the bottom, Minnie did a great job doing this. To make the handle a little neater, wind a piece of ribbon around the tied ends & seal with tape.


Perfect for any princess to parade in!


  1. so adorable! and so creative and fun. boxes (not to mention kids) have so much fun at your house!

  2. You, dear lady, are just too too cool and too too clever! I ADORE this. Brilliant. And Royal Get Crafty will be superb now!

    M x
    PS thanks for the link up!

  3. SO much fun! And quite hilarious as a tribute to the Royal Wedding! I love it. Thanks so much for linking it up :-)

  4. Lol, thanks ladies :D We've had so much fun with this, although we've had to rearrange some of the furniture to create more space for it in the house! ;)

  5. This is so cute. I love the idea of adding the horse.

  6. This is AWESOME! Love the horse too! Looks like too much fun and perfect tribute to the Royal Wedding!


  7. I love how you added the horse and the pompoms! :)

  8. How cool is this? You photos are making me smile! Thanks for sharing with the Play Academy :)

  9. I loved this idea so much it is featured on my Royal Wedding Wednesday post today!

  10. Hi Catherine - I love all your box ideas. I get loads of boxes from my brother in law and am always looking for new ways to play with them. I have linked to your ideas on my blog Taming the Goblin

    I don't have an "I have been featured" button yet but if you'd like to grab my generic button that would be fab (I have only just started blogging so don't know the etiquette yet). I have linked to your blog in my favourites at the bottom of the blog but can't get your button. If you have an html version I could post I'd love to feature it more prominently.