Start off your next election with a trip to the recycling bin, even if saving the environment isn't one of your premiere campaign initiatives. Keeping in sync with the trend toward cutting down on waste by reducing and reusing, create a top notch homemade voter's ballot box from simple household items that might otherwise end up as waste. Run a clean election and provide a secure place for ballots to be cast while encouraging everyone to get out and vote.

Securely close a cardboard box with packaging tape by attaching the lid or closing the flaps. The box should be secure so that it cannot be easily opened until after the election.

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Cover the entire box with decorative paper or paint.

Cut a slot in the center of the top of the box. The slot should be wide enough to fit a ballot and thin enough that you cannot see inside easily. An approximate measurement for the slot is 4 inches by a half-inch.

Label the outside of the box with the words "voter's ballot box" or "vote here".

Items you will need

  • Cardboard box with a lid or flaps that close

  • Paint or paper

  • Scissors

  • Glue

  • Packaging tape

Tip

  • Decorate the outside of the box with theme-appropriate paper such as newsprint for a political vote or bright colors if the voting is for a coloring contest.