BABY CRITTER PLAYHOUSE

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To go along with the previous post, I wanted to add in this adorable craft. You can just call it a bonus craft for your critter babies to enjoy.

My girl has a lot of critter babies. There seems to be a lot more appeal to her in the babies, pretty much anything baby related really, but animal babies are her absolute fave. I think most kids are like this.

So I created this cute little baby themed playhouse for them. It has a roof that comes off that doubles as a fun play tent for if they ever feel like going camping. Here is what you need:

Popsicle sticks

Craft foam

Paint

Baby themed scrapbook stickers and other embellishments.

I had a plethora of baby stickers from when I thought that I might try my hand at scrapbooking. My left-handed inability to cut in a straight line no matter how hard I try, and my absolute impatience for fiddling with finicky bits that result in very little gratification, pretty much kiboshed that idea. Of late I have acquired a paper cutter which works like a charm, but the novelty of being a scrapbooking queen has completely worn off.

What you also need is a small cardboard box with a divider down the middle of it. It isn’t necessary, I just wanted to create two little rooms inside the play hut. You could just take two small boxes and glue them together too. That would work just as well.

I just used one of the protein shake boxes that I had at the time. I looked at it and realized that it would be perfect for the project. Often I just see the potential in things. A lot of the time I realize that I could have just done it a different way, and it would have been easier, but often that is after the fact.

Anyway, so I had this little box. The first thing I did was paint it all up and add the craft stickers. There isn’t much of a tutorial for this one because the picture just says it all:

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Again, one of the rooms is pink and the other is purple. I have no idea why I do that.

As you can see, my box has a front yard and a backyard. I cut out doors so that the critters could easily move from room to room. I cut two front doors and one back door.

This is the house without the roof.

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I added wall borders to each of the rooms as well as some other embellishments from the scrapbook pile. Then I made the roof. I constructed it out of popsicle sticks. I painted it green and cut green craft foam for shingles. It is a very simple design and it fits nicely right on top.

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This is the front yard. I cut a little gate in the tray that my box was in. I also painted a little fence all the way around the place, adding felt flowers and other stickers.

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The back yard is more open to play. There is only one back door but you can design yours any way that you like. The little table is just a large bottle top with a round sticker on top.

I just love that the roof is removable and can be used separately as a camping tent. It gives much easier access to the inside of the playhouse too.

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Bring on the critter babies!!

Apparently cow babies, elephant babies and rabbit babies are all exactly the same size. Oh well, no mind. 🙂

Enjoy!

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