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Cardboard Caves

Learn how to build a cool cave and construct bulbous boulders out of cardboard boxes in this hands-on artmaking project inspired by Zhan Wang’s artwork Gold Mountain!


  • Cardboard boxes
  • Packing tape
  • Hot glue gun (optional)
  • Scissors, utility knife, or box cutter

Artist and museum educator Erik L. Peterson brings the fun and innovative hands-on artmaking of the Smart Museum’s monthly family days into your home in a series of instructional videos. The projects are inspired by the art and artists in the exhibition The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China, and, where possible, make use of materials and tools that you might already have around home or in your recycling bin.