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Box Crafts

Bookworm Box Craft

Store your favorites in this bookworm box craft.
Store your favorites in this bookworm box craft.

This bookworm box craft is more than just a cool place to store kids' books and magazines. A colorful bookworm perched on top and a personalized nameplate make it truly special.

All you need to start this simple box craft project is a cardboard shoe box.


What You'll Need:

  • Large shoe box with attached lid
  • Wrapping paper
  • Four chenille stems: assorted sizes and thicknesses; plus one white, one red
  • 1-inch pom
  • Two wiggle eyes
  • Adhesive craft foam letters


  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Tape
  • Craft glue
  • Low-temperature glue gun and glue sticks
  • Pencil
  • Ruler

How to make the bookworm box craft:

Step 1: Cut off one corner of the bottom of the shoe box to create an opening as shown in the photo.

Step 2: If possible, open the box completely so it lays flat. Wrap the entire box, inside and out, and lid with wrapping paper. Smooth the paper down so there are no bumps, and glue and tape in place.

Fold the box back together, and glue the flaps and lid in place with a glue gun.

Step 3: Make a bookworm by wrapping four chenille stems around a pencil to form a tight spiral; slide it off the pencil. Use craft glue or a glue gun to attach a pom to one end for the worm's head.

Step 4: Cut two 1-inch pieces from the white chenille stem. Curl each around your finger to form antennae, and glue them to the top of the pom.

Cut a 1-inch piece from the red craft stem, and curl it around your finger to form a smile. Glue the smile and wiggle eyes onto the pom. Glue the bookworm to the top of the box.

Step 5: Spell out a message or your name on the front of the box using craft foam letters.

Don't be afraid to draw on the box in the next section -- you can erase it and draw on it again. Move on to the next section to learn about the chalk box craft.

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