How to Make a Play Grocery Tote

All you need is an empty tissue box and a few other materials to create this cool pretend-play toy.

When it comes to setting up house and “playing” kitchen, what are some of the must-have accessories for your child besides a well-stocked pretend pantry? Utensils, plates and cooking tools are all important for turning the goods from a shopping trip into that evening’s play dinner. To go with those, make sure your child has a play-sized grocery tote for their next play session. An empty tissue box is the inexpensive basis for a quick basket they can make in minutes.

Materials

  • Empty tissue box – rectangle size
  • Scrapbook or construction paper
  • Glue stick
  • Washi tape
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Hole punch
  • Twine

Instructions

To get started, cut off the top of the tissue box.

Next, trace each side of the box onto the back of a piece of scrapbook paper. Cut out each piece.

With your glue stick, apply glue all over the back of a piece of scrapbook paper. Apply to the tissue box and smooth with your hands. Repeat until all the pieces of paper have been applied to the box.

To protect the edges of the scrapbook paper, trim the box edges with washi tape.

Punch two holes on each long side of the box. Measure in 2″ from either end and punch a hole for threading twine through. Cut two lengths of 15″ twine to use as tote handles. To keep the twine in place, double knot each end.

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