May 18, 2012
Update Aug 10, 2012: I recently constructed a collapsible version of this house. Just in case you don’t want a huge box sitting in your living room 24/7!
Creative, bleary-eyed endeavors this week mostly happened on the computer but I did squeeze in this cardboard house project. I made a large house for the boys a couple weeks ago and thought a little version for Mara would be cute, so cute. Now why in the world would I want to put my baby in what is essentially a cardboard doghouse? Mara has been seeking out small and low spaces as of late (chairs, tables, my desk, my skirt!) and I wanted to give her a cozy crawl and play space where she wouldn’t bump her head or get stuck. I tossed in a some of Mara’s greatest hits along with her quilt that she loves to snuggle with.
This is a really straightforward and simple project, but I put together directions below. All you need are: one full-size box, another box or partial box (you need this extra piece of scrap cardboard to construct the roof), duct tape, and a craft or utility knife. Click to download a printable PDF of the instructions below.
If you don’t like the triangular opening in the back that the roof makes, lay the house down on its backside, trace the triangle onto another piece of cardboard, cut out, then attach with tape (I did this with our large house). Add a ‘trim’ around the edges with more tape. And almost forgot to add instructions for the window on the big house above. With duct tape, make a cross, then box it off with four strips of tape. With craft or utility knife, cut out the four squares inside the window ‘panes.’
Bright duct tape seems to be a popular medium. If you haven’t already, you should check out Mer’s Animal Masks and Caroline’s Duct Tape Bag. So far I’ve seen neon duct tape at the craft store and Walmart and Target (in the home improvement or painting section).
Please note that this tutorial and download is free for personal use only and should not be distributed/republished without the express consent of Jennifer Kirk. Please do not copy this post or use my tutorial for commercial purposes. Feel free to email me with any questions. Thank you!
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