Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Cardboard Playhouse

I feel like I haven't made anything for a long time. Maybe I just needed a break from the constant mess that seems to follow me when I make things. Whatever the reason, I felt the need to make something today. It just felt like a project kind of day. We started the morning with the girls bedazzling a couple of pairs of jeans. When I was a kid, I used to LOVE to cut daisies from fabric and sew them to my jeans. So, it was like life came full circle today watching my girls embellish their first pair of jeans. After they were sufficiently fancified, they headed out to transfer some of their plant into real pots and I sat down to design a little playhouse for Zion.

(I still haven't made the fabric playhouse for the big girls, but I feel like my sewing machine and I have such an on again, off again relationship that we are not ready to take on a large task together. Maybe we should consider counseling.) I make a lot of different things for the older girls, but haven't really had the chance to make anything special for Zion. My plan was to make a small playhouse for her that was just big enough for her (to keep her older sisters from taking over). Thanks to our local Sears appliance store, I acquired 5 very large, very sturdy pieces of cardboard. They were about an inch thick had a honeycomb type core, which makes them VERY sturdy.

I like the way it turned out and Zion LOVES it. It is definitely bigger than I originally anticipated, so technically, the bigger girls can play in it (but I think I will make it three years old and under area). The plan is to be able to move it from the garage, to the backyard or front yard depending on where the rest of us are. It weighs almost nothing, so it's very easy to move. I will keep a blanket to spread beneath it in the grass (to prevent the backyard itchies). I will add some details to the outside of the house, attach the front door and probably make some curtains.

I made just some simple line drawings on the inside for the different rooms of the house. I may do something a little more detailed later on, but this works for now.


  1. Lovely. I can tell she adores it. Well Done!

  2. That is so cute! Very happy, very cute inhabitants inside, too. Cool idea! Where did you get the cardboard? It wasn't a box, was it? It looks too clean and too thick to have been an appliance box.

  3. I got the cardboard from Sears. I have no idea what it was used for. They just had a stack of it sitting behind the building. The guy inside said I could take it. It was the prefect find!

  4. Awesome find! And of course, the kids aren't enjoying it AT all, lol. I think this is a fab idea! I need to go to Sears now!