This is a little house made of cardboard boxes. I made it 4 years ago as a Christmas gift for my little one and I’m always surprised at how well it’s holding up and how long it’s been kicking around.
I remember being quite proud of the little Victorian house design (and I still am!) and the fact that I used only stuff from around the house to build it. I chose not to put a door on it for safety’s sake (he was two when I built it) and also because I didn’t want to deal with hinges. Lazy…
My main construction material: a couple of large cardboard boxes of course. And I recall using LOADS of my husband’s good carpenter’s glue as an adhesive. I worked in steps over the course of a week, taking my time with all the measurements. Whenever I glued on pieces, I clamped them together with painter’s masking tape – you know the kind that’s not too sticky – to let the glue set and then removed the “clamps” once the glue was dry.
I used old house paint with an eggshell finish to paint the thing so I can actually wash the walls which is pretty neat. And yes, I’ve actually washed the walls.
To make the house sturdy I did a couple of things. One: I glued “mouldings” at every joint (even in the attic). And two: I faced both the outside and the inside of the window frames with a window cut-out.
I used a thrifted piece of aqua-coloured vinyl for the floor. The leftover pieces of vinyl I cut into curlicues and glued to the walls for a decorative touch.
I used craft paper (you know the brown stuff used for covering packages), rolled it up into thin rolls and then flattened out the rolls to make a thin moulding for the outer edge of the roof peak.
I think the animals are happy in their colourful little home. It’s a nice place they’ve got there!