How to Make a Cardboard Village

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How to Make a Cardboard Village
Brighten your cardboard village with fun colours. (kids paint craft image by Christopher Hill from

Making a cardboard village is an excellent project for both kids and creative types. Every house or building can be designed differently, depending on the imagination of the artist. Using materials such as empty cereal boxes and milk cartons makes the project inexpensive as well as provides an opportunity to reuse items that might otherwise end up in landfills or the recycling bin.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Cardboard boxes (cereal boxes or milk cartons)
  • Glue
  • Construction paper
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • Stickers
  • Craft items for decorating
  • Tape
  • Large cardboard box (such as from a television or fridge)

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    Make a cardboard village

  1. 1

    Cut the top opening pieces off the cereal box using the scissors. This will serve as the bottom of the building. Glue the paper on to the cereal box around the sides. Draw a rectangle for a door at the bottom of the box and squares or rectangles for windows on the sides with the marker. Cut the windows and doors out, leaving one side as a hinge for the door. Decorate the box with stickers, paint and other craft items to create the look of a building and its decoration. For example, add bushes next to the door and curtains to the windows. Make as many cereal box buildings as is desired for the village.

    How to Make a Cardboard Village
    Use cereal boxes for buildings. (blank product box image by Undy from
  2. 2

    Cut the bottom portion of the milk carton off to create the desired size house. Glue paper to the outside of the milk carton, using a folded sheet of paper of a different colour over the top to form the roof. Draw a door at the bottom of the milk carton and windows on the sides. Use the scissors to cut out the door, leaving one side attached to form the hinge. Cut out the windows if desired. Decorate the milk carton with stickers, paint and other craft items to create the look of a house. Make as many milk carton houses as is desired for the village.

  3. 3

    Flatten out the large cardboard box or cut to a desired size for the village. Use the paint, paper and other craft items to decorate the village grounds. Paint roadways, blocks, parks, gardens and pathways. Glue or tape the cardboard houses and buildings on the village grounds.

Tips and warnings

  • This activity can be adapted to any age level.
  • Adults should supervise young children with scissors.

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