Cardboard Cutaway House: Making Beds

I can’t believe how my students are eating this Cardboard Cutaway House project up!

To date I have over 40 kids making these after school, and today they worked on making beds from popsicle sticks, chip board and stationary paper. Now granted, I prepped the bed pieces by cutting them out ahead of time (hey, I have even 5 year-olds) but I loved how they ended up figuring out on their own how to make bunk beds, doors, tables and a whole lot more. This is a BIG class, and after years of trying out new projects, I was more than rewarded to see so many of them figuring out how to customize their house with their own ideas. That doesn’t happen every day with every project, but when it does, you know you’ve done something right. 🙂

MATERIALS (for the beds)
• Jumbo popsicle sticks
• Chipboard
• Patterned paper (from craft store)
• Masking tape
• Pom poms
• Glue sticks

PREP: Cut chipboard to 2″ x 3.5″ size rectangles. Cut jumbo sticks to make three with round ends that are 2.5″ long, two that are 3.5″ long, and two that are 2″ long. Cut stationary paper to 2″ x 3.5″ size.
1. Students tape the matching popsicle sticks sizes to the chipboard with masking tape. The sides are brought together and taped to make the bed.
2. The three round end sticks are taped together at the base and then taped to the bed.
3. The stationary paper is attached with a glue stick.
3. Pom poms were glued on with craft glue to make the pillows.





2 Responses

  1. Kathleen Barbro

    Thanks, I actually just bought a bunch of those little pizza stands that keep your box lid from crushing the pizza. Perfect for little tables. And if you get a scallop paper punch, you get a quick and pretty table cloth. My kids also started cutting their legs down to make sofas. Too cute!

  2. Jen Eagle

    I love these! I am going to run some half-day camps in the summer that include building and decorating the houses. Do you have any other ideas for making the furniture? I thought of making some pompom pets to go in them too! Remember when making pompoms was popular? Any ideas or pictures are appreciated. Thanks! I really appreciate you taking the time to post all of the steps.

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