Cardboard Box and Paper Towel/Gift Wrap Tube Log Cabin

16 May

Voila! Paper Towel Log Cabin!

When I saw this at my daughter’s preschool I thought this was ingenious!  Well… anything not involving paint but involving a lot of fun is pretty ingenious in my book 🙂

Here are the steps involved–

1.  Find a big appliance box — pictured is a box for a smallish refrigerator.  If you don’t have any on hand you can procure one by calling your local appliance stores.  It really depends on the size you want to end up with – the bigger the box the bigger the cabin, but on the other hand the more paper towel tubes or gift wrapping tubes you’ll need.

2.  Carve out with a blade (be careful!!) the windows and door.  Position top flaps of box to make the triangular roof – if not perfectly even use butcher paper (or brown paper bags) to make up for any gaps on the ‘peak’ of the roof.  We used clear packing tape to hold things together.  TIP – to save time – measure windows by placing a paper towel tube on both sides to gauge how wide the window needs to be – this will save you from having to re-carve the tubes later to accommodate extra space.

3. Now for the fun part – start attaching the tubes to the outside of the cabin – begin from the top and move downward (that way if you end up with a small tube-less gap in the end it will be at the base of the cabin and not at the top) – you can use school glue (Elmer’s Glue) or a glue gun if your want – I found that the tubes were light enough to stay on – although I suggest you use a good amount — inevitably little hands will want to try prying their ‘logs’ out of their cabins…

Front view

Now… if you DON’t have enough tubes to fill everything up – I would use brown construction paper (even better if they were on their way to the recycling bin anyways) or any color construction paper (if you’re adventurous 🙂 ) and roll them up to the size of the paper towel tubes – just tape the ends and glue to the cabin.

No need to fill the backside of the cabin if the cabin will be backed up to a wall anyway.

2 Responses to “Cardboard Box and Paper Towel/Gift Wrap Tube Log Cabin”

  1. Stacy Kent May 16, 2012 at 8:00 PM #

    This is fantastic! I absolutely LOVE this and am going to start collecting the tubes now!

  2. viviankirkfield May 16, 2012 at 8:12 PM #

    I love your creativity…your daughter is very lucky to have you for a dad. 🙂 Playing in the playhouse is such a great alternative to watching TV! Check out yesterday’s article on on the TV Debate:

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