Summer Crafts For Kids: Create A Building

This creative DIY activity is fun for your whole family! One of the great things about it is you probably have most of the items on hand.


Create A Neighborhood From Boxes


  • Start by collecting small cardboard boxes such as cereal, pasta and spaghetti boxes.
  • Stuff them with newspaper until they’re sturdy.
  • Using packing or masking tape, attach some of the boxes together form an assortment of buildings and houses.
  • Cut 1″ x 6″ strips of newspaper.
  • Create a decoupage mixture with equal parts white glue and water. Dip the newspaper strips into the mixture and cover the boxes with them. Alternate the direction of the strips.

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  • Let it completely dry. This might take several hours or overnight, depending on the size of the boxes and the weather.
  • Once it’s dry, paint it with acrylic or tempera paints. Add details, using just about anything you have on hand. You can use things you find in nature such as pebbles and twigs. Use game pieces, toothpicks, small craft items and other small items.
  • Create your neighborhood!

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  1. katherine says:

    I love this idea! It’s great for kids!
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  2. Aly Mashrah says:

    That is such a great idea! I know my son would love to do a craft project like that, he loves buildings.
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  3. Debbie L. says:

    This is such a great idea – I know Davey would really have fun designing a city out of different boxes. He currently uses boxes for a garage for his cars. To make other stores out of the boxes – I am positive he would really enjoy. I know he will make a grocery store – he loves to shop for food!

  4. Cyndie says:

    I think this is a great idea and it doesn’t cost a lot of money!

  5. Trisha says:

    What a great idea and a good way to reuse those cardboard boxes! I’m sure my daughter would love this activity!
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