Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Cardboard "Mansion" in the Snow

Last week was spring break for my kids. There was snow on the ground. Lots of snow. We were unable to escape to a beach, so we had to get creative to stave off cabin fever. So, of course, I got out the cardboard...

Spring Break 2014 - Woo hoo!!!

My son took the lead on this one. He said he wanted to make a cardboard "mansion" for his G.I. Joes, and yeah, Barbie can probably live there too. This project kept us busy for three days. Check it out:

Our mansion has stained glass windows; marble, tile, and hardwood
floors; custom wallpaper, and landscaping!

Our windows are made from sun catchers that the kids
painted a while back. Shutters are made from foam with
Sharpie lines (suggested by my son the architect).
Landscaping is pretty simple - layered flower stickers,
which seem to be attracting a variety of sticker butterflies.

This is the room I put together, with "wood" floors and
white paint, as my son suggested. The gilded frame on
the wall was originally a Christmas ornament.

My son chose orange wallpaper and red floor tiles,
sealed with Mod Podge. They match the stained
glass ladybug window pretty well, don't ya think?

Daughter #1 designed the bathroom. She made the
marble floor by drawing lines in Sharpie on the cardboard
floor and gluing crinkled tissue paper on top. We sealed
this down with a double coat of Mod Podge. My girly-girl
chose pink wallpaper. Mama helped with the jacuzzi tub
and sink a bit ;)

Daughter #2 designed the upstairs room, drawing a custom design on the
wallpaper before hanging it. It's one of a kind! She also laid the tile pattern
all by herself. Not bad for a 4-year-old!

Barbie loves her new house! Her favorite thing is all the
natural light and color from the stained-glass windows.

Now that the kids are a little older, they were able to participate more fully in the design and construction processes of this endeavor, which meant that they were entertained. Maybe not the ideal way to spend spring break, but certainly not the worst. Now all we need is a sunny day to light up those windows!

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