DIY Cardboard Camper Playhouse

DIY Cardboard Camper Playhouse @themerrythought We all wish we had a sweet vintage airstream camper to take with us on our cross country travels, right? Sadly, we can’t all pack it up and head out on an adventure so I decided to make a mini version using old cardboard. The boys can have unlimited adventures in this little playhouse!
DIY Cardboard Camper Playhouse @themerrythought What you’ll need:
-Box Cutter
-Duct Tape
-Paint brush

How to do it:
I have no exact measurements for this… just start cutting and taping! Here is a bit of what I did though: I broke down two big boxes and taped along the seams (?) to give it extra support. These would be the two long sides. Then I cut another piece of cardboard the length of the sides for the top. I bent/curled it so the top would look rounded and then I laid all three pieces face down (if your boxes had writing on the outside this should be facing up because you will want it on the inside of the trailer.) Then I taped them together along the edges on the front and back sides and flipped it over so it was resting on top of two chairs. On both ends, along the rounded top, I cut 5 slits into the cardboard, overlapped the pieces at each cut and taped in place to make it rounded downwards. Then I cut out pieces of cardboard for the ends and taped them in place along the inside and outside. You will have to bend/curl the top part of the ends so that they fit up under the curved top. I cut out windows and a door and then I painted it and while it was drying I cut out and painted a few extras: a hitch, lights, license plate, and I printed a little Airstream logo (because I’m too lazy to paint it!)
DIY Cardboard Camper Playhouse @themerrythought DIY Cardboard Camper Playhouse @themerrythought DIY Cardboard Camper Playhouse @themerrythought DIY Cardboard Camper Playhouse @themerrythought DIY Cardboard Camper Playhouse @themerrythought The boys have been obsessing over it since I first started taping it together and I’m sure Dad and Manda are thrilled to have this huge thing in their house… you’re welcome! 😉

*Wall decals from Urban Walls

xo. Caitlin


  • Maggie BakerThursday, January 23, 2014 - 12:15 pm

    That is flipping a-w-e-s-o-m-e-! You make every kid’s dream come true! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • bethanyThursday, January 23, 2014 - 4:24 pm

    Gasp! I LOVE this! Such a great idea.ReplyCancel

  • Cybele Masterman (@blahblahzine)Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 10:50 pm

    Gorgeous! I want one NOW.ReplyCancel

  • AmandaMonday, February 24, 2014 - 1:31 pm

    Congrats! I’m just stopping by to let you know that this post was selected as an Editor’s Pick for January over at Fun Family Crafts. 🙂 You can see it here Feel free to grab a special button from the post that is only for those chosen for the Editors’ Pick 🙂

    P.S. If you aren’t already submitting to Fun Family Crafts, we’d love it if you did!ReplyCancel

  • AnnieThursday, March 27, 2014 - 3:33 pm

    This is so creative and what better way to be able to camp on a rainy day! ~AnnieReplyCancel

  • AleezaWednesday, May 28, 2014 - 12:00 am

    Awesome idea! Quick question though, how did you curl it? I mean the box is huge i don’t think i pencil would roll it :SReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathWednesday, May 28, 2014 - 10:34 pm

      Thanks! I just used my hands and kept rolling it in until I got the curl I wanted.ReplyCancel

  • HannahWednesday, July 9, 2014 - 10:55 am

    How did you get it to stand up?ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathWednesday, July 9, 2014 - 11:39 am

      Mine was sturdy enough to stand on its own once it was all put together. And the boys could go in an out without any problem.ReplyCancel

  • Viji SureshFriday, October 3, 2014 - 1:43 pm

    Awesome… It gives so much joy and pride to create something that’s this lovely and see our kids enjoy them.ReplyCancel

  • Stayroyla PapadhmhtrioyThursday, November 20, 2014 - 3:31 pm

    teleies idees i like it!ReplyCancel

  • 5ennieSaturday, December 27, 2014 - 12:34 pm

    Fantastic!!! Thanks for the idea:)
    We travel around in an Airstream motorhome – so I’ll share your post with our readers on FB!

    (Ps. The windows should be rounded, too:)ReplyCancel

  • pollyplumWednesday, January 7, 2015 - 10:32 am

    How old/big are your kids? My 6 yr old would love!!!a fort of some kind but they cost too much to buy this yr.What are the dimensions?ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathWednesday, January 7, 2015 - 11:00 am

      All three boys (8, 6, and 4) have been in there together, sitting and playing – although it probably is a more comfortable fit for two of them. I don’t have the exact dimensions though. You can make it however big or small you would like depending on how much cardboard you can find.ReplyCancel

  • AnonymousTuesday, March 17, 2015 - 8:42 pm

    The thing is fine, I’m not complaining about it. All I’m saying is that the message at the top is sexist. It says “your boys can have fun” well, so can girlsReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathThursday, March 19, 2015 - 11:10 am

      Of course girls can have fun in this! I even played in it 🙂 When I said “the boys” in the post, I was referring to my brothers that I had mentioned earlier in the post.ReplyCancel

  • JessSunday, January 17, 2016 - 10:46 am

    Well done! This looks amazing, I’m sure to make it for my niece! I just hope my sister dosent mind the size!ReplyCancel

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