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.

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


Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson5 years ago

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

ER C5 years ago

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 :~))

Lin M
Lin M5 years ago

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

Autumn S.
Autumn S5 years ago


Kristen Siconolfi

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!

ER C5 years ago

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.

Becky Holland
Becky Holland5 years ago

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.

Ryan Yehling
Ryan Yehling5 years ago

Thanks for sharing!

ER C5 years ago

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 ! ! ! !

Lydia Weissmuller Price

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!