How to make a toy house from cardboard

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How to make a toy house from cardboard
Large boxes can be used to construct toy houses. (Getty Creative)

You buy your child an expensive gift for Christmas only to find that he is playing with the box the present came in. A good idea is to save any large boxes you may have in your home, and help your child create a toy house. This house will be big enough that he can go inside of it and play. He could also use the house as a home for his stuffed animals.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Large cardboard box
  • Box cutter
  • Tarp
  • Paints
  • Paintbrush
  • Empty envelope boxes
  • Stapler
  • Flowers

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Set a large cardboard box in front of you. Boxes that once held a television or other large device are perfect for this craft. Make sure the box is completely closed up.

  2. 2

    Decide which side of the box you want to be the front. Take your box cutters and cut out a door. The door should be big enough for the child to crawl through.

  3. 3

    Use the box cutter to create a window on each side of the box. Do this by cutting straight down the middle about 25 cm (10 inches). Then cut outward 15 cm (6 inches) on both the top and the bottom of that cut on both the left and right sides. The windows will look like shutters so that they can easily be opened and closed.

  4. 4

    Set the box on top of a tarp and begin painting it. Children should be allowed to paint their new toy home any way they want. Then wait for the paint to dry.

  5. 5

    Remove the top of an empty box of envelopes. Staple the box next to the door of the toy house. This can be the child's mailbox. Children can also staple empty envelope boxes underneath the windows. The boxes can be filled with real or fake flowers to serve as flower boxes.

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