Introduction: DIY Cardboard Playhouse

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I have been keeping this boxes saved somehow since the past 6 Months! My husband kept on saying "What are you going to do with these? They are taking up so much Space?"

But I always had something in mind and finally it took shape!

Step 1: Materials

Disclaimer: Please Read Carefully

I made this for my 2.5 year old, this is suitable for 2 years and up because of the materials used. I have used a few small objects as she doesn't put anything in mouth. However you know your child best so do keep in mind what could be a chocking hazard or a threat to your kid and choose your materials wisely. Thanks.

It took me about 2 Weeks to complete this fully, so let me warn you beforehand that this is a long post loaded with pictures!

Gather Your Materials (Please NOTE many of these are Optional)

  • Cardboard Boxes 2 Large
  • Cardboard Box 1 Medium (Width Larger than the width of the Large Box)
  • Some more card boxes a few mini ones and a Small one about 15" -17" on longer side
  • Cereal Box
  • White Glue
  • Glue Gun
  • Decorative Paper
  • Card Stock
  • A meter or so Wide Corrugated Paper Roll
  • Scissors
  • Pen Knife
  • Acrylic Colors
  • Paper Tape
  • Binder Clips Baby
  • Food Pouch Caps
  • Fabric
  • Drawstring
  • Mini Foam Mattress
  • Elastic String
  • Strings Battery Lights
  • Used Cake Cardboard Base
  • Empty Kitchen Towel Rolls
  • Empty Paint Bottle
  • Leftover yarn

This is the list of what I used but you can change it and use whatever suits you like use paint instead of paper or hot glue instead of white glue, I prefer white glue over hot glue so I have mostly used that even though it took time to dry up, with glue gun I burn myself more and I hate to clean those thousands of thread like strings afterwards which takes like forever and still they never seem to go! There are many things like decorations etc which you can totally skip so I suggest if you plan to make this first go through it once so that you can decide what all you want to use and what to skip.

Step 2:

Anyways, let's start

I have used two same sized boxes one from the dishwasher and other is a washer dryer one and the third medium one for the roof is one of our moving boxes

First of all remove any pins from the joint and open up the 2 large boxes or if it is glued just cut it open

Do the same with the medium box too

Step 3:

Next join together the open sided of the roof to make a triangular shape, tape the flaps

Cut off the side leaving 5-6 inches border

Step 4:

Next cut off one side of each of the large boxes, save these to use later

These will be joined to make a big house

Use one of the sides to create a flat roof for the other half of the house

Cut the overlapping flaps of the roof and glue them up

Then cut a circle to make a window

Step 5:

Cut the bigger windows for the house you can choose how many you like I have 3 large windows one in front and two on the sides

You can either cut off the whole square or rectangular shape OR you can cut from three sides and leave a flaps to open and close You can also cut four small squares leaving a plus sign/ muntin on window frame since I wanted it to be more strong I made the frame separately

Prepare the plus shaped muntin by cutting about 1.5" strips of cardboard I doubled them up to make them stronger, for the large windows you will need three large pieces and 6 small pieces

Cut for the mini roof window/ventilator too tape or glue the two pieces together

Prepare the outer Frames but cutting cardboard strips according to the size of your window, cut angular at edges to join, glue and paint it

Step 6:

Cut slits on the flat roof to make skylight

Cut the extra Roof from the back measuring your house and glue the cut off piece to the back of the roof to complete it

Also join big boxes from the the back

Step 7:

You can choose to paint it or just glue wrapping paper, I used these two types

Initially while wet it may look crumpled but it finishes nicely once the glue is dry

Finish the inside

I glued the paper on the whole interior but you can leave the door from inside and paint it later

Step 8:

For the exterior I cut out the A4 size Red card Stock into three pieces to make bricks, again you can choose to paint this if you like

Apply on all walls leaving the door, Cut to make the door from one panel, as you can see in picture cut below the three red bricks

Just fold the cardboard from the remaining side so that it can swing

Now attach the top brick part of the door to the wall, leaving a slight gap so that the door opens and closes easily

Make a border for the door which is slightly bigger so that it hides any gaps, if you like you can also add panels on the door, I decided to go just with a frame

Step 9:

Paint the inside of the roof tops white,

As you can see I had a lot of help doing this :)

Paint the door, I was given clear instructions that the door has to be Purple!

Step 10:

Let's move to the embellishments now,

Cut out and paint Cardboard Number, Door handle, Door decor if you wish For handle I used these plastic ones that you find on many boxes like the one here on markers box

Painted them all Gold Metallic

Also colored this Welcome sign

Since I wanted to move her Kitchen Inside her home, I made a Mini Cupboard using a Small Cardboard Box to get about 15" Height

Make it Upright like in Picture and cut off the smaller flaps and glue them inside to make shelves, paint it and attach the knobs

To make more floating shelves cut and paint smaller boxes as per your liking

Step 11:

To make curtains I used this left over decorative sheer fabric from my Daughter's First Birthday party, cut to size and sew the edges, remember to leave one side open to string in the drawstring

For kitchen curtain I used a pink left over fabric

Step 12:

Also made a Vase with the empty paint bottle and some leftover yarn, just glue and wrap the yarn around the bottle

Step 13:

Cut and paint a few of these to make corner shelves

You can make a mini side table using used cake cardboard base and glue kitchen paper rolls, paint if you like

Use a Cereal Box to make a planter, cut in half lengthwise, cut off one smaller side of one of the pieces and then join the two parts as per the size of your window, cover with paper or paint

Glue to the window and fill in with Flowers

Step 14:

Use the corrugated sheet to cover both the roofs or you can paint them

Step 15:

I used this old crib mattress and some elastic to make a mini sofa

Step 16:

For the Ceiling Pendant, poke a hole in the center of the roof, drop in your battery fairy light, tape the battery box at the back of the roof, insert the light into a paper lantern and you'll have a pretty pendant light!

Step 17:

Now comes the fun part!

The structure is done so now comes decorating Glue up the house number, wreath or sign, hot glue the curtain string

I used my Daughter's Art work for wall art

You can decorate and do the interiors as you like

Step 18:

I hope you liked the Home Tour,

You can see the lovely light coming in from the Skylight and the floating shelves are proving to be quite useful! Added more Storage with the corner shelves because storage is very important!

I also used the Old Stroller fan in the Kitchen

So much effort but all of it was worth it! My little one enjoys it everyday!

Step 19:

Time to say Goodbye, if you have any questions fell free to drop a message!

Happy Crafting,


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