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How To Make A Cardboard Play House

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How To Make A Cardboard Play House

My kids and I came up with “how to make a cardboard play house” during arts and crafts “class” of homeschool. Fort ideas with blankets and sheets are his favorite non electronic activity. Additionally I was excited to make a cardboard craft  because we have been to Costco A LOT recently, and have a lot of boxes. 

I was up late last night, after the kids went to sleep, trying to come up with a cool cardboard craft. All these boxes are taking up space in my spare room collecting dust. 

Fort ideas are always a kid pleaser. In fact my toddler got so excited during this arts and craft project she made it very difficult for us to even work on it! She wanted to put her busy fingers on everything. She really wanted to play in the box the entire time. 

My older son was really enjoying making art doodles to hang inside the cardboard playhouse. Unfortunately his little sister was giving him a hard time about it. He was getting a little frustrated with his sister. That’s why I let him take the entire cardboard play house in his room when it was nap time for my toddler. 

This cardboard craft is so simple to create

Time needed: 45 minutes.

How To Make A Cardboard Play House

  1. Step 1 – necessary items

    1 very large box (the bigger the better!)
    box cutter or big, really sharp scissors 
    Duct tape 
    Large sheet (queen or king) 

  2. Step 2

    Start making this cardboard craft idea by cutting off two adjacent top flaps from the box. (If there is one side slightly smaller than the other, cut the smaller ones – it will be easier down the line)

  3. Step 3

    Duct tape the flaps that were cut off to the ones still attached to the box, horizontally, I went around three times with the tape to make it nice and sturdy. 

  4. Step 4

    Now lift the double length box flaps up at an angle, forming the tent like ceiling. Duct tape these edges together so it makes a pointy roof.

  5. Step 5

    Next, lay the box on its side and open the bottom flaps on the box. Pull all four flaps out straight to extend the height of the box fort

  6. Step 6

    Use the duct tape to attach the flaps to each other, tape the adjacent corners, leaving one side available for the door  

  7. Step 7

    Stand the entire box up again with the roof pointing towards the ceiling 

  8. Step 8

    Use the box cutters or scissors to cut the door

  9. Step 9

    I draped a large queen sized sheet over the entire box and tied the sheet corners to a small puncture in the box at the bottom of the box in the front by the door 

  10. Step 10

    My son drew some art to hand inside the  cardboard playhouse for decoration 

Fort ideas (with blankets and sheets) are a lot easier with out a 2 year old bossing you around though!

Still, this cardboard play house is very easy to create. You only need 4 household items. All you need for this fort idea is a large box, a box cutter, duct tape and one large sheet or blanket. Start creating the cardboard craft idea by cutting off two adjacent top flaps.

Duct tape those flaps that were removed to the ones still attached to the box, horizontally. Then pull up the 2 long box flaps at an angle, forming the rectangular ceiling. Duct tape these edges together so it makes a pointy roof.

Then lay the box on its side and open the bottom flaps on the box. Pull all four flaps out straight. This extends the height of the box fort all together by about 1/2 foot. Use the duct tape to attach the flaps to each other to make it sturdy.

Turn the entire box back over again with the pointy roof pointing up. Use the box cutters or scissors to cut a door. Then lay a large sheet or blanket over the entire box tent to make it look nicer. The outside of my box was pretty ugly! However you and your kids can decorate the cardboard play house any way you like!

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