Hello Guggleheads!

Here we are again, home and twiddling our thumbs…. so let’s make the most of this time…..up-cycle some rubbish, use our imagination and have some crafty fun!

So……what’s in the Crafty Cupboard right now?

It’s a project that can be as big or small as you like….. CARDBOARD CITIES……

If you have a favourite toy figure then you can make it to scale for them, or maybe you can build a model that represents your own home or village/town? Of course you can also simply let your imagination run wild and create a completely imagined town or city. These can then be used for play, performance or simply hung on a wall as a sculptural work of art!

Just take a look at these lovely examples….

Let’s get started! You will need….

  • Cardboard boxes (tea bag boxes, cereal boxes, biscuits boxes etc.)
  • Glue (Glue stick or similar)
  • Cellotape
  • Coloured or plain paper 
  • Coloured pens, pencils and/or paints
  • Your imagination
  • A space in the corner of, or on a wall of, your bedroom [or some other space in your house where it can remain until you are fed up with it and it goes back I the recycling…]

You can find much of what you will need in the Crafty Cupboard, on site, at The Gugg as usual, but you should be able to find all you need in or around your home.

Some simple instructions to get you started:

If your boxes have advertising print on them, carefully unstick the seams and turn them inside out. Glue the seams back together.

Alternatively, wrap the boxes in paper that you can draw or paint on. 

Draw or paint windows, doors, window boxes, flowers, chimneys, whatever you fancy! Or cut window and door shapes from your cardboard stash, decorate them and stick them on to the outsides of your buildings. You might like to leave some buildings open and make furniture and inhabitants for them, or create doors like a doll’s house to get the best of both effects…..

Be brave and make your tower/townscape/village/city/wall art/play scene really special and different!

When they are decorated and dry, stack them together, place them side by side, on top of one another, in straight line or windy roads, gluing or sellotaping them in place. The world, as we like to say at the Gugg, is your winkle….[Oi! you lot… a winkle is a small sea snail/molusc that can be eaten!]

There you have your amazing cardboardarama, which you can keep adding to, or even play at being Godzilla in….!

There are lots of amazing ideas on t’internet of how to make a huge range of mini homes, offices etc… here are a few good places to start:

https://www.pinterest.co.uk/just4cheri/mini-cardboard-houses/

https://www.hellowonderful.co/post/how-to-create-a-recycled-rainbow-town-with-kids/

https://redheadedpatti.com/25-cardboard-engineering-projects-for-mini-makers-out-of-the-box-by-dkcanada-review/

https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/make-traditional-glitter-houses-2365171

https://www.instructables.com/Miniature-House/