Free Childrens Cardboard Box Playhouse (Flat-packable)

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Children love a cardboard box playhouse.  Usually they are built, played with for an afternoon and then thrown away, or hopefully recycled.  This Instructable will show you how to make a playhouse that can be built using only two bicycle boxes, in about five minutes, that can be flat-packed for storage, so you can reuse it again and again.
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Step 1: Materials

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All you need is two bicycle boxes.  That is it! 

Step 2: Tools

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You only need three tools.

  1.  A tape measure
  2.  A knife
  3.  A marking device

Step 3: What kind of box?

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I used two bicycle boxes.  You can get these for free at most bicycle shops (remember to say thanks).  Try and get the double walled cardboard, it is much stronger than single wall cardboard.  The boxes I got were 30 inches tall x 7 inches thick x 53 inches long.

Step 4: Flatten

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Some bike boxes are glued, some are glued and stapled.  Remove all the staples on the top and bottom and open the flaps.  Try and not damage the flaps.  Then lay the box flat.

Step 5: Measure and mark the center

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Measure the flat box.  Remember my boxes' dimensions?"  30 x 53 x 7  These dimensions worked out perfect for the roof and floor.  (you'll see why later)  Now that the box is flat, it is 60 inches wide.  Make a mark in the center.  My center is 30 inches, yours might be different.  Mark both boxes.

Step 6: Fold your box

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Now fold on the center mark.  Fold both boxes.

Step 7: Open the box and stand it up

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Open you box and stand It up.  Tuck the bottom flaps into the inside.  Leave the top flaps sticking up.  Your walls should make a square, when viewed from the top.  You will use the other box to make the roof and floor.
Cardboard boxes really are the best toys. :)
CHARLESCRANFORD (author)  jessyratfink3 years ago
They are even more fun when you have a child to make them for.

Thanks for the comment,

Ditto! I still love cardboard houses! I want one in my size!

count me in!

I made a geodesic one big enough for adults, but I didn't take pics. If I make another, I will definitely make an Instructable.

Thanks for the comment,


My child will totally love one of these!

yamayka2 years ago
Perfect Playhouse! Heres another one but smaller...
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alexfiliaS3 years ago
That's funny! I must try this with my daughter :)
CHARLESCRANFORD (author)  alexfiliaS3 years ago
I am glad you like it. You and your daughter will have loads of fun making and playing with your play house. Please post a photo of your finished house.

Thank you for the comment,

donaalcayde3 years ago
i will create one during my day off! my 2 toddlers will go crazy for sure! its cheap and its safe! thanks :)
CHARLESCRANFORD (author)  donaalcayde3 years ago
Even better than cheap....FREE! Remember to thank the guy at the bicycle shop that gives you the boxes. Have fun with your toddlers.

Thanks for the comment,

bajablue3 years ago
Free FUN, no frills= HAPPY Child! (Your little girl is simply adorable, too.;-)

Five Stars!!!
CHARLESCRANFORD (author)  bajablue3 years ago
She is adorable. She has a big wooden play house, but sometimes she asks for the little house and she just loves the door and windows.

Thanks for the comment,