How to Build a Log Cabin Out of a Cardboard Box

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Log cabin cardboard playhouses provide children with a source for adventure and creativity. Children are free to play explorer, house, war games and even hide and seek in a safe environment they created themselves. If working with younger children, assist in the actual creation of the log cabin to ensure it is well-built.

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Things you need

  • Large cardboard box, such as a refrigerator box
  • Packing tape
  • Markers
  • Sticks
  • Glue gun
  • Twine
  • Box cutter

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  1. 1

    Inspect the box and remove any sharp fastening mechanisms such as staples, tacks or plastic brads. These objects could injure children or catch their clothes. Reseal the box from the interior using packing tape to provide the greatest stability for play.

  2. 2

    Draw a door and windows onto the cabin using a marker. Avoid planning too many windows, as it will affect the stability of the cabin. With adult supervision, cut out the door, leaving one side uncut for opening and closing. Alternatively, consider cutting out the entire door and placing some brown fabric over the top of the door. Cut out the windows, removing the cardboard completely. For a more advanced design, consider creating a lattice-style window with smaller squares.

  3. 3

    Arrange the sticks to form a triangular roof on top of the box. With adult supervision, glue the sticks to the box at the appropriate angle and tie adjacent sticks together at the tops for added support. Repeat this process until the entire roof is formed.

  4. 4

    Draw log shapes along the walls of the cabin using the markers and decorate the inside of the cabin as desired with curtains, tables, chairs or a fireplace.

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