Collapsible Cardboard Playhouse DIY

August 3, 2012

As with a LOT of toys, the novelty of our first cardboard house eventually wore off on the kids. I didn’t want to send it to the recycling bin, but there was no ideal place in our compact house to store it. Inspired by some soda packaging, I found that making three extra cuts allowed the house to fold down flat for storage. For complete instructions along with a printable PDF, click over to my guest post at SheKnows. Details for Mara’s hand-painted blocks are from an older post here.


  1. Comment by jane on August 4, 2012 9:52 am

    that is so brilliant! great gif too.
    what a darling little nook you created and the hot pink tape is a great punch.

  2. Comment by Christine on August 5, 2012 9:39 pm

    such a great idea!! I love it!

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  4. Comment by Mer on August 9, 2012 8:55 pm

    Brilliant Jen!!

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  6. Comment by Dariela on August 22, 2012 2:55 pm

    This is so cool!!! I want to make it for the kids, they’ll love it and I love that it collapses so much!!

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  8. Comment by keely on August 31, 2012 1:02 am

    So fun, I saw this on pintrest but I didn’t know it was yours. We need to make one of these, looks great!

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