Build some enchanting thing with a cardboard carton
The ideas and inspiration for the delightful spaceship, puppet theater, taxi, lion’s cage, et cetera, come from Mrs Mary Parker Hobbs of Corona del Mar, California.
What better use to make of those big, clumsy cartons that enclose your new refrigerator or range? (Ask your appliance dealer to toss some cartons your way if you’re not presently in the market.)
All you need is the carton plus paints, brushes, some hard-working glue or rubber cement, and any odds and ends you find around. Then just let your imagination — and your children — run riot!
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Even mother can squeeze into this cardboard box playhouse (1961)
From the Kansas City Star-Sun (Missouri) March 19, 1961
Mrs. Robert E. Strom constructed the life-sized playhouse from three cardboard boxes, cut out the windows and doors, and painted and papered both the outside and inside.
It’s just the right size for her children, Eric Strom, 3, and Laura Strom, 4. The “brick” is hidden by shrubbery made of green crepe paper. The little window box is planted with colorful artificial flowers.
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