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…
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?