Box Buildings

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What you'll need:

  • Small cardboard boxes, such as cereal and pasta boxes
  • Newspaper
  • Masking tape
  • Decoupage mix (or make your own with equal parts white glue and water)
  • Tempera or acrylic paint
  • Toothpicks, Popsicle sticks, dowels, film canisters, or other inexpensive household items

How to make it:

  • Stuff the boxes with newspaper until they're sturdy, then assemble them in the desired shape. Tape them together.
  • Dip roughly 1- by 6-inch strips of newspaper into the decoupage mix and cover the boxes with them, alternating the direction of the strips as you go. Let them dry (anywhere from a few hours to overnight, depending on the weather).
  • Paint the structure, then add decorative details, such as Popsicle stick trim, toothpick window frames, corrugated cardboard or craft foam tile roofs, and dowel chimneys.
  • Tips: Anything goes here! And part of the fun is looking around your house or yard for any items that would add interesting touches to the sculpture -- from acorns and twigs to old game pieces.


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