Check Box Camera Craft

How to Make a Pretend Camera Using a Box

Check Box Camera Craft
Check Box Camera Craft. Sherri Osborn

This is a fun recycling craft that not only encourages kids to practice their drawing skills but also gives them a finished product they can play with long after the crafting is done.

  • Age Guideline: 6 Years and Up
  • Time Required: 30 minutes (Does not include drying time)

The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances.

Materials Needed:

  • Empty Check Box
  • Plain, White Paper
  • Construction Paper
  • Cellophane Tape
  • Markers, Crayons, and/or Colored Pencils
  • Scissors


I suggest using a check box because the box is easily opened and closed. This gives you a handy place to store the pictures you draw/take. You can, however, use any box you have on hand. You can either cut an opening in it to store the pictures or store the pictures elsewhere.

Open the check box. Lay the bottom half of the box onto a piece of white paper and trace around it. Cut out the rectangle you traced so it is about a half an inch smaller than the box on all side. Using this piece as a template, cut out several pieces of paper this size, at least a dozen pieces! These will be your 'photographs'. Set these aside.

Now use the construction paper and the tape to cover the outside of both the cover and the lid of your check box. Make sure all the edges are taped down securely.

Use markers, crayons, or colored pencils to draw details on the camera such as the lens, viewfinder, and flash. You can other use other supplies to make the camera's details, such as a piece cut from a toilet paper roll as a lens. No matter how you decorate your box, make sure you can still open and close it.

Place all of those white rectangles you cut out earlier inside the camera box. If you like, you can also store crayons or colored pencils in your check box camera. Use these papers as your photographs. You can either 'snap' pictures and then draw them or you can draw out a variety of pictures ahead of time. You can also make photographs using pictures of people, places, and things cut from magazines.