Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Playhouse

Yesterday, my husband went out and bought a pressure washer. It was his Father's Day gift, which was a little early. The thing is, the one he REALLY wanted was on sale for about $60 off. Besides he had to pick it up eventually because there is no way it would have fit in my car.

Anyways, as with all big items that come in a cardboard box, my kids begged for the box. As my husband assembled the pressure washer the kids used it as a boat. Then they both came running to me asking if I'd make it into a playhouse.

To turn a huge box into a playhouse all you need is to cut the corners off the top side two flaps. Cut the corners off the flaps by cutting a right triangle off the first corner. Use it as a template for the other three corners to have some consistency, don't worry it doesn't have to be perfect. Now, tape up the flaps so they look like a roof. I always like to leave a hole at the top so there is light and room for my kids to stand up. I use duct tape, but packing tape would work as well. To make the door you just need to cut out 3 sides of a rectangle. Where the fourth side would be is a long side to work as a hinge. You will need to seer this edge by running your scissors or utility knife across the length. It helps to reinforce the door by adding tape to both sides. Finally, you just need to cut a small hole in the door as a handle. I finish it off by taping all the exposed cardboard to prevent the kids from getting hurt and to make it last a little longer.

I'm going to let the kids paint it later today. I'll try and remember to take a pic and post their final creation.
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