Cardboard Hot Pad



Make a functional and surprisingly beautiful hot pad with cardboard. Follow this tutorial from Jenya of MyEvaForeva to create these cardboard hot pads.

Cardboard Hot Pad


  • cardboard
  • cutter of some sort (I used my fabric cutter but by all means feel free to use your scissors)
  • paper glue
  • ribbon


  1. Cut the cardboard perpendicular to the waves (if you look through all the layers inside of it you will see the waves - don't cut along the waves).

  2. Run the strips through something hard and round (like a handle of some sort) to make them more flexible and apply a small amount of glue along the perimeter.

  3. Start rolling your first strip so it would look like the photo below - easy! As the strip finishes, connect the ends with the next strip and continue.

  4. You can simply continue all the way or insert a design of your choice. I made a small flower. As I added the small circles I tied them while working on the next bunch. I recommend you rather using paper clips to keep your circles in place (I didn't have paper clips)

    Don't worry if it doesn't look even - the other side should be much prettier.

  5. Continue until you reach the size you want. Mine is about 8".

  6. Finish it with a ribbon of your choice and ...Done!!!

    Cardboard Hot Pad

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Aug 14, 2013

I did not have any pictures. I usually like to see what instructions are talking about. Don't know what the problem was.


Feb 2, 2013

This is a great Earth Day Recycle Arts project. I'll see if my 3rd grader wants to try. Thanks.


5 Ratings

Jan 21, 2011

Thanks for this great idea! We will have lots of leftover Girl Scout Cookie boxes and this will be a great project for the Scouts! Thanks


Jan 20, 2011

This is everything a craft should be. 1. Useful 2. Attractive 3. Creative 4. Made from available materials (just ask your grocer) 5. Can be changed to your own design 6. Helps with keeping the earth clean and green I love it...thanks for a great craft.


Jan 20, 2011

I love this idea it is amazing, thank you, it is something that can be personalized an ran with. Awesome.


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