DIY this adorable and fun cardboard box house for your kids with a craft knife and some paint, it’s easy!
I think sometimes, in the age of Pinterest, we forget that crafting is supposed to be fun. People can feel like there’s pressure to put on perfect DIY parties and send homemade Valentines and all of that. But do you want to know the truth? You should only do those things if you enjoy doing them. Life is too short and someone doing craft projects because they feel like they have to rather than because they want to is so sad to me.
But even the most die-hard craft project lover (hi, that’s me) can sometimes loose sight of the joy too. I know you’ve all been in the middle of a craft project that’s turning out to be harder than you thought it would be and you start asking yourself why you’re doing it in the first place, right?
Well, that’s why today I’m here to remind you that sometimes you need to make things purely out of joy. Just for fun. Just because you feel like making. Let go of the need for it to be perfect or look just like someone else’s project and enjoy crafting. That’s what was happening for me when I made this fun cardboard box house for my kids.
We ordered a new chair for our living room (by the way, this chair is fantastic) and it came in possibly the largest box I have ever seen (I guess I’ve never ordered a refrigerator before) and of course, my kids immediately said, “don’t recycle that box!” They are huge fans of cardboard boxes. I mean, aren’t all kids? Anyway, they had plenty of fun climbing and hiding in it but I decided if it was going to sit in my living room taking up half the room for a while, it would be fun if it was at least cute.
So while my kids were at school, I took a break from work and went to town making a fun cardboard box house out of an old box. Honestly, this was a blast. I didn’t plan or measure. I just cut and painted an enjoyed myself. And yes, I filmed it too so that you could see. But seriously, all you really need are a giant cardboard box and your imagination. Ok, maybe you need a few more supplies…
Fun Cardboard Bos House Supply List
- Giant Cardboard Box
- Utility knife
- Acrylic craft paint (tempera paint would work too)
My cardboard box house has some nice divided windows on all sides, a Baby V sized front door complete with a pretty wreath and a strategically placed welcome sign to hide writing on the giant cardboard box, a lovely tulip garden and even a mail slot. And yes, I absolutely took the rectangles I cut out of the windows and turned them into “envelopes” and “postcards” to put through the mail slot.
She put her little mini IKEA chair in there and now she can hang out and read books inside. The window on the back even lines up with the actual window in our living room so she can get lots of light and see outside!
How long will this be enjoyable having take up 1/3 of my living room? I have no idea, but it’s fun for now!
If you feel like turning your fun cardboard box house into a cardboard box castle or a cardboard box fire station, go for it! If you want to watch me make a fun cardboard box house in about a minute, check out the fun video right here. The whole thing probably took an hour and I had so much fun while doing it! Ready to see how to make a cardboard box house?
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