Ticky Tacky Houses

This project is a perfect example of what I imagined February Fun month to be.

My friend Meg has made the most adorable play house out of a cardboard box I have ever seen. She even decorated the interior.

Usually when I have made houses from cardboard boxes I cut out the windows and door and call it a day. Meg puts me to shame with her mad crafting skillz.

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Look at that? I should have brought it to New York to stay in.

Don’t have a large cardboard box? Many appliance stores will happily give them away to you. I know that there is one near us that routinely has large refrigerator sized boxes sitting out front, just hoping someone will come and take them away.

4 Responses to “Ticky Tacky Houses”

  1. Elizabeth Says:

    Since my kids have a big gap, I find that I have actually forgotten some of these good ideas - I suppose that explains clueless grandparents, right there. I had forgotten the free appliance boxes, even though we once did a whole city of them as a school project.

    If any of your readers are interested, it worked into a big civics lesson. There was a city hall, post office, store, house, library, etc. We did games with taxes, of all things. Property tax, sales tax, income tax, then make the city budget to pay for the library, the school, the roads. Everyone had a job in the city. It was about a week long project.

  2. Susan Says:

    My brother recently made a car for his three-year-old daughter, out of a box and some paper plates. He put one of her little wooden chairs inside for the seat, and now she pretends to drive around and visit people.

    Boxes are the best things EVER.

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  4. tracey Says:

    Oh, you have got to come share some of this “How do you do it” stuff at Minti (www.minti.com). The community over there would love to hear exactly how you do do it! If you pop over, be sure to say hello…
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