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Cardboard Sculptures

Recommended for ages 5+
Estimated time: 30 minutes

Build a cardboard sculpture inspired by the art of Ann Weber.

Thirty years ago, the artist Ann Weber discovered cardboard is the perfect material to create large scale sculptures. Her creativity transforms this lightweight and everyday material into something special. While her sculptures often explore themes of memory and relationships, Weber invites audiences to bring their own meaning when viewing her artwork.  

Check out this video to get a glimpse into Ann Weber’s art-making process, or see more of her work on the artist’s website. The next time you’re at OMCA, visit the Gallery of California Art to see Ann Weber’s Float and Sting sculptures on display.

Today, we challenge you to find repurposed art materials at home, like cardboard, to build a sculpture.

Think about…

Make your own cardboard sculptures

Select TWO from this list of design challenges to incorporate into your creation:

Make something that….


  • Cardboard
  • Something sticky: packaging tape, masking tape, duct tape, hot glue, or liquid glue
  • Scissors or box cutter
  • Optional: something to color with: paint, markers, or watercolors


1. Use a box cutter or scissors to cut large pieces of cardboard into smaller pieces.

2. Cut the cardboard into different sizes and shapes, depending on what you’d like to make.

3. Use tape or glue to attach cardboard pieces together. Or, try cutting a slot to attach two pieces like this!

4. Build your cardboard sculpture. Remember to include 2 design challenges from the list above.

5. Optional: Add color and let it dry.