It’s Never Just A Box!

I don’t know about all of you, but after the frenzy of Christmas morning, we had an abundance of empty boxes.  Leave it to Abby to decide that she wanted to make Doll World out of them.  It couldn’t just be a doll house, it had to be Doll World, with a house, a gas station, a grocery store, a library… you get the picture.  We got as far as the house.  

I remembered that we had some white contact paper in the linen closet, left over from lining the shelves when we first moved into our house.  I figured it would be perfect for covering the dollhouse and creating a blank slate for decorating.  It worked and was really easy to do, just cut pieces the sizes of the walls and roof and stick it on!  We did end up with a few wrinkles, but who cares.  It’s a cardboard box, and Abby is not a perfectionist when it comes to cardboard boxes.  I think if we had covered the box before cutting out the windows and door, it would have made the whole process a bit easier too (as if this isn’t simple enough).

We cut off two of the flaps to create a peaked roof, like this:


We just used packing tape to attach them.

Then we cut open the back of the house and used those extra pieces to make a little table, a bench for Andy the cowboy, and a shelf for her rendition of The Mona Lisa.

A little bit of green construction paper became the grass…

The next day Abby and her friend Molly colored all over it and called it done.  

This was such a simple project, but totally the kind of “mommy-daughter time” project that Abby loves, and I had a great time doing it with her.

A box, who’d have thunk it?


  1. Anna says:

    this is great jenny, what a fun project for both of you. :)

  2. Jmom says:

    Love the Mona Lisa picture, it is absolutely adorable.

  3. Jennifer says:

    I love it! Once I had a huge sewing cabinet delivered. The box stayed in our livingroom for MONTHS. Neighbor kids would ask if they could come over and play in our box. It was a sad, sad day it finally caved in.

  4. Jocelyn says:

    This is awesome! What a great way to take some time and focus on your daughter.

  5. thais. says:

    omg! talk about creativity and craft love. good bonding time for you girls :)

  6. Jenny says:

    Isn’t that awesome? I just love that she made that.

  7. Elizabeth says:

    How awesome! I can’t wait to start doing crafts like this with my little one :)

  8. That is SO COOL. I remember how much we loved boxes like that when we were little. Endless possibilities!

  9. Sarita says:

    This is so cute! YEARS ago my brother made me a doll house out of cardboard boxes and I LOVED IT! How much fuN!

  10. Love it!!! You guys did SUCH a great job. My favorite–absolute favorite projects are always where you start with almost nothing and end up with something special. That’s what I call a little “mommy magic”.This is SUPER cute!!!

  11. Kathryn says:

    Cute idea!

  12. Kristi says:

    i have cardboard kids too!

  13. Kelly says:

    This is a great idea. I cant wait to watch my niece again because this would be the perfect project for us to create together. Thanks for the ideas!

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