Fun Box Telephone

Kids can dial their way to number mastery with this funky telephone made from recycled tissue boxes.
Fun Box Telephone craft


  • Two tissue boxes
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Markers
  • Craft foam
  • Construction paper
  • Gift ribbon
  • Stickers
  • Glue stick
  • Hole punch
  • Glue gun or tacky glue
  • Glitter glue (optional)

Safety Tips

  • Keep the glue gun out of children's reach.
  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help.. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.


Step 1 Fun Box Telephone Ask for an adult's help.1. You need two tissue boxes (or similar-sized boxes) to make this telephone craft. Cut one box vertically in half.
Step 2 Fun Box Telephone Ask for an adult's help.2. To make the phone's base, use glue gun or tacky glue to attach one box half with the whole box.
Step 3 Fun Box Telephone 3. Notice the other tissue box half has a curved shape on one side. Trace this curve on the opposite side.
Step 4 Fun Box Telephone 4. Cut along the line. Your box half now looks a bit like a phone's handset.
Step 5 Fun Box Telephone Ask for an adult's help.5. Find a small box piece with the same height as the inside of the handset. Use glue gun or tacky glue to attach this at the center of the handset.
Step 6 Fun Box Telephone 6. Punch a hole on one end of the handset.
Step 7 Fun Box Telephone 7. Punch a hole at the lower side of the phone base as well.
Step 8 Fun Box Telephone 8. Paint the box telephone with your desired color of acryic paint.
Step 9 Fun Box Telephone 9. Prepare a long curly ribbon. Insert one end of the curly ribbon through the hole at the bottom of the phone base and the other end through the hole on the handset. Tape the ends in place.
Step 10 Fun Box Telephone 10. Measure the length and width of the telephone handset and draw the same dimensions on construction paper (paper's color should be the same with the color of your painted telephone). Extend the length by about 5 inches. Cut the piece.
Step 11 Fun Box Telephone 11. Fold the piece to fit nicely onto the telephone handset.
Step 12 Fun Box Telephone 12. Apply glue on the center box of your handset before laying down the construction paper piece permanently onto the handset. Glue the ends in place as well.
Step 13 Fun Box Telephone 13. Cut 2 circles from craft foam or colored paper and glue onto the handset to mark the earpiece and the mouthpiece.
Step 14 Fun Box Telephone 14. Cut twelve 1 in. x 1 in. squares from craft foam. Use markers to write the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 0 on ten of the squares. Draw fun shapes on the remaining two squares.
Step 15 Fun Box Telephone 15. Glue the number keys onto the telephone, making sure to put them in the right order. Each fun shape sits on one side of the number "0".
Step 16 Fun Box Telephone 16. You may decorate your telephone further with stickers, puffy paint, glitter glue, or sequins.
Step 17 Fun Box Telephone 17. Use the telephone to practice numbers. You can practice by dialing small digit numbers like "12" or "24" or challenge yourself by dialing up to 5 to 7 digit numbers.