June 18, 2010

A Cardboard Box for a Present

Kids and Cats love boxes. With that in mind, and a niece turning 3, I decided to make a “Wendy House” for my adorable Éowyn out of a cardboard box.
I painted three sides of the box with left over wall paint. I only painted three sides, leaving the side with labels and stickers as the back of the house.
I cut the cardboard flaps so that one side would be the entire roof, and the two sides angled to support it. I would be taping these pieces together.
Then I cut two squares of thin mdf, and cut squares out of the center. Then painted them blue.
I cut three strips of wood, and painted them blue, and then drilled holes in all of them as you see.

 
Then I got out large brads as my “staples”. Since this is cardboard, I really couldn’t think of anything else.
Placing glue on the back of the wood, putting the wood onto the box, and then pushing my brad through the cardboard, I attached the ‘window frame’ to the box. I DID however tape across the back of the brads inside the box because I didn’t want them to pull out easy if the glue proved to be weak. Then I used a box cutter and removed the cardboard from the center of the window.


Then I got out large brads as my “staples”. Since this is cardboard, I really couldn’t think of anything else.

Placing glue on the back of the wood, putting the wood onto the box, and then pushing my brad through the cardboard, I attached the ‘window frame’ to the box. I DID however tape across the back of the brads inside the box because I didn’t want them to pull out easy if the glue proved to be weak. Then I used a box cutter and removed the cardboard from the center of the window.


Oh ya, and I painted some brick lines around the house and taped up the roof.

I essentially did the same thing for the door as I did the window; cutting myself a hole so that I could open the brads easily near the bottom of the box. I also decided at this point that I could use pieces of packing tape to create further random ‘bricks’ around the house.

I cut four strips from 1/8” thin sheets of that mdf, particle stuff that is textured on one side… and used my jigsaw to cut slats in them… I wasn’t careful or measured; hoping my ‘shingles’ wouldn’t line up and look even. I attached these strips with Liquid Nails (project strength) and painted the roof black. I also cut triangles for the sides of the roof from the same thin wood. I laid the wood against the roof sides before I attached the shingles, and traced the line I would need to cut using a pencil. I attached these the same way as the windows; using brads.

This is where I didn’t take so many pictures. (sometimes I get involved and forget)
I got out chipboard letters for the address and glued them on under the front roof edge which I taped off and painted black to look like a type of fascia.

Then I painted bushes and flowers around the entire bottom.
I also got a floor mat (rubber backed) and cut slits in it so that I could lay half of it inside the house, and the other half outside of the house. This way the cardboard floor won’t be the first to go.
She seemed pretty happy with all of her presents this day, and not really more so with my house than the others, but she loved it enough to ask: “Mom, can I sleep downstairs?” With Mom replying: “Yes, you can sleep in your house.”
Who knew a cardboard box could look so cute.
 TFL.
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