Cardboard Playhouse!

Cardboard Box Playhouse //

Cardboard Box Playhouse //

This past week I took on something new… A full on DIY with my kiddo. With her help. It was hard, but we did it. I’ll chat more about working with my kiddo at home, but for this moment I really just want to share what we made. Cardboard Playhouses! I’ve been seeing these wonderful creations ALL over Pinterest (I mean, where else) and I have wanted to make this for R. It’s cheap and easy. That’s perfect for me.

Cardboard Box Playhouse //


– it’s all pretty easy… but the basic idea is starting with a couple of large boxes. There was an awesome guy that helped us, at Home Depot, to find these damaged boxes.

– Unfold the box and use masking tape to connect the flap edges of the box or boxes.

– Use a permanent marker to draw on doors and windows.

– Cut out the doors and windows with an xacto knife (watch your fingers).

– We decided to turn our 2 boxes into one giant row house, cutting a door on the inside and taping it together.

– I added some cardboard to the roof area to add height (especially since my kiddo is so tall. Put on the roof.

– If you’d like a shingled roof, cut out little rectangle shapes for the roof top. Scalloped roof? Use some paper and cut scallops out. Tape on with clear tape.

– Add paint to any doors/windows. Let dry.

– Tape or ModPodge on some cute wrapping paper onto your home. I went with ModPodge, since I know this will help keep this home cleanish for a bit longer.

– Do any touchups, and you’re done!

Cardboard Box Playhouse //

The kiddo has LOVED this. It’s long enough she can lay down in it (for about 10 more minutes). This was a fun project to create with my kiddo.


– Chelsey

P.S. one of my favorite cardboard house inspirations is from Skunkboy Creatures.

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  • summerbird on said:

    I've been looking and looking at ideas, Love Love your house.
    I want to make my lil madam somewhere special to play as I have a little corner in the lounge set out for her, but it's not really nicely done.. I think this will be the answer!!

  • Corey Moortgat on said:

    Yours turned out so cute! Love it!! I've considered doing this, but anytime we've made "forts" out of large boxes, my kids get bored within a day. Maybe if it were decorated like a real house, they'd be more interested. But I'd hate to take all the effort to make it cute, and then be really frustrated if they still didn't play in it! You see my dilemma- ha!

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      I know what you mean. She didn't play in it yesterday…. and all I could think was, "Nooooooooo!" But, she's currently laying in there reading. 🙂

  • Stephanie on said:

    This is the cutest thing ever. I wish my kiddos were young enough to enjoy this kind of stuff still.

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      I don't know… I can squeeze in there and I had a pretty great time. 😉

  • sara on said:

    That is really cute exterior decorating! I think I may have to make one for my little girl.

  • Chloe Moon on said:

    When I was little I had dreams of a house like that!! How awesome!!! I somehow have to remember this for whenever I have kids! It's seriously cool!

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      We used to make box houses when I was little… never this decorative… but great memories!

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