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A DIY Children’s Playhouse from a Cardboard Box

A DIY Children’s Playhouse from a Cardboard Box

Forget all the other toys, all any kid really wants is a good cardboard box—especially when it’s been DIY’ed into a proper playhouse. At Remodelista, we liked this idea from stylist Aurélie Lécuyer in Nantes, France. For a similar budget-conscious playhouse, see our sources below.

Above: The inspiration, found via Le Dans La.

Above: Photo via Le Dans La. For more children’s room inspiration, visit Steal This Look: Pastel-Bright Children’s Room.

Above: An eco-friendly non-toxic resource: Old Fashioned Milk Paint’s SafePaint. Organic, biodegradable, zero-VOC, and non-toxic, one gallon is $45.95. For nine other options, see 10 Easy Pieces: Eco-Friendly Paints.

Above: Also, Aglaia Natural Paints are free of chemical solvents and made from beeswax, carnuba wax, chalk, citrus peel oil, clove oil, mica, and talcum; prices start at $51.95 for a gallon through Aglaia Paints.

See more of Aurélie Lécuyer’s home in House Call: Aurélie Lécuyer in France.

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8:19AM PDT on Aug 2, 2013

we love making crafts with cardboard! the options are limitless!

8:56AM PDT on Jun 13, 2013

Lin M. _____ your comment sounds like something we would when we were kids.

( read my comment below )

Yeah, ripping a box to shreds would be fun for some kids.

( like my brothers & me when we were young )

I was the only girl in the middle too, soooo my brothers had an influnence on me.

ha ha ha weeeeeeeeeeeee

MMMM I need to clean out the attic & watching those boxes rolling down the attc stairs will make me laugh so hard that I might bust my gut.

You made me smile today :~))

4:21AM PDT on Jun 13, 2013

Kids now days would probably just tear it up for fun.

2:50PM PDT on Jun 12, 2013


4:59AM PDT on Jun 11, 2013

My nieces say I'm the best fort maker that ever lived! lol So I've got that going for me! Thanks for the suggestions!

4:36PM PDT on Jun 10, 2013

We would take smaller boxes ( bigger than a shoe box ) up into the tree house,

fill them up with action figures & barbie dolls,

drop the boxes ( about 20 feet ) & watch the box explode & the bodies flying everywhere.

Had to be careful though,

climbing down from a tree house while laughing hysterically is very dangerous.

4:28PM PDT on Jun 10, 2013

my favorite toy was a fridgerator box. it was a house, a tent, a hiding place. when worn out, a place to lay to watch the stars.

12:23PM PDT on Jun 10, 2013

Thanks for sharing!

5:17PM PDT on Jun 9, 2013

Lydia W. ____ your post is SO TRUE !

Imagination does make it more fun !

With No decorations your invention can be this one minute & that the next.

Weeeeeeee ! ! ! !

4:23PM PDT on Jun 9, 2013

Thanks! When we were kids, my little brother and I threw a sheet over the dining room table and it became our fort. Imagination is so much more fun than anything fancy!

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