As a way to beat the winter blues indoors, and up-cycle at least one diaper box into something fun, I created a little house for my daughter’s stuffed animals. She is obsessed with animals, mostly from watching Dora and Diego shows, so this box became a perfect little home.
1. Use a utility knife or box cutter to cut a door and a few windows.
2. Tape the roof together using additional cardboard pieces (if necessary). Clear packing tape or duct tape seem to work well.
3. To cover the house, cut apart a large brown paper bag and fit to size. I used the bottom of the bag to create the roof’s shingles.
4. Use markers or crayons to decorate.
This was a really easy project that probably took less than 45 minutes to do. Have fun!
Little bears’ cardboard home
Little bears’ home – side view
Other Successful Cardboard Projects
Cardboard Choo Choo Train
Cardboard kitchen that took only a few hours to make
I was inspired by this post on Pinterest that has a lot of cool ideas for things to do with cardboard. We had HUGE boxes from ordering bigger car seats for our cars, and I didn’t want to just clog up our recycling bin with them. I also liked the Family Fun site that has a VERY cute cardboard kitchen. I ended up using mostly what we had around the house – and like most kitchens, it could use some updated fixtures. My daughter has requested pink liner in the cabinet (which I know should TECHNICALLY be a range hood instead, but hey, let’s go with it), so that’s on my to-do list. The $6 came in for buying a few kitchen items at a local thrift store: the toaster, cookie tray, bowl for kitchen sink, pot and lid. All in all it was fun to make and has been a hit with both of my children….not bad way to spend $6 compared to $60 for the big plastic deal.
Cardboard Kitchen front view