DIY Cardboard Box Houses

DIY Cardboard Box Houses

Whattya need?

  • Utility knife
  • Hot glue gun
  • Cardboard box
  • Yarn
  • Ribbon
  • Buttons
  • Other decorations
  • Markers and/or crayons
  • A city cardboard building permit

DIY Cardboard Box Houses - 1

 How do I make the house?

Step 1:  Cut the flaps on the open end of the box to create the roof.

DIY Cardboard Box Houses - 2

Step 2:  Cut another piece of cardboard to fit the peak of the roof.

Step 3:  Assemble roof pieces together with hot glue.

DIY Cardboard Box Houses - 3

Step 4:  Using utility knife, cut a flap at the ‘front’ of box and fold it back to create the door.


Step 5:  Cut windows into the box.

Step 6:  Decorate the house by drawing, coloring, or gluing on ribbon, yarn and other decorations.





Created by Dane Holweger

  • Annie Tandy

    A friend sent me the link to this blog- the photographs are beautiful and there are some wonderful ideas! I have a blog called {kidlist} activities for little kids for the Chicago area. There is a post about making things out of cardboard boxes… check it out!

  • Nod

    Thank you! Looks like a lot of fun to create with the kiddos!

  • Margo Baender

    We made a house and it came out nicely but the roof was pretty tricky – couldn’t get the flaps with the glue to stick, even with a glue gun. So we used painter’s tape instead, which looked cute in a bright color. The glue gun was low temp, does it make a difference if you use high temp? (My first time using a glue gun.)

  • Kari Sobeck

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  • Desi

    This makes perfect sense.

  • houses for rent in Cincinnati Ohio

    Not half bad for a DIY toy! I’m sure my daughter would love creating cardboard houses with me instead of buying plastic ones. Thank you for sharing this!

  • Serviced Offices Derby

    How adorable! It’s a lovely project to build with your preschooler. I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a lot of fun.

  • Heather Bennett-Redding

    You have such great ideas. When I saw this, I thought maybe we could add some old wallpaper or laminate for “house paint” too. I would use a strong tape instead of the glue so my child could be more involved in the process of making this. I also would use a button or a bead for the doorknob so they could use a dull needle and “sew” the doorknob on. I really like this and I think we will put it on the list of kids crafts to do this summer. Thanks!

  • Lana

    Oh fun fun! I just finished a lifesize cardboard cafe for my Little Missy and I think we need some little houses too! I am sure it will go much quicker than what we just finished.

    If you’d like to see what I did with our cardboard stash, feel free to my blog.

    Thanks for sharing. :)