Cardboard Village

I love cardboard. There are multiple things you can do with it and it’s free. Every time we go to the supermarket my girls want to carry some, the bigger the better. They love to hide below it in the car, make forts at home, make beds for the dog and themselves… I am astonished with their imagination.

Cardboard Village | cardboard box | Via

And then we found a wonderful idea for Christmas, just using cardboard, cotton and some glitter… A cardboard village

Cardboard Village | Via

We decided to paint the trees green and add some glitter at the top to give it a snowy look, and we added some lights between them, and it looks wonderful at night.

Cardboard Village | Cardboard Village with string lights at night | Via

You can find full instructions and the pattern here

I can tell you this is one of the funniest and easiest crafts you can do for Christmas, but if you need more inspiration you can have a look at these other ideas




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  1. says:

    What a cute way of decorating your home for the holidays Pili! I bet your girls love it. And the lights are an extra highlight!! I love cardboard and what you can do with it! Love martha too!!! Feliz semana!!!

  2. Mary-the boondocks blog says:

    Pilli, this is such a cute idea. The fact that your girls come up with these things is great. They’ll be able to take over your blog in a few years. I absolutely love the lights in the back of the cardboard. Makes it look so pretty.

    • Pili says:

      Haha, I would love a bit of help with the blog right now! I’m really glad I have the time to be with them and make things together

  3. Kate says:

    So cute! I love this idea! I feel like gluing candy to it would be a great alternative to a traditional gingerbread house!

  4. Julie says:

    Hi Pili,
    Wow this village came out so pretty using cardboard!
    Thanks for sharing your creations with us at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    Julie xo

  5. Debbie says:

    That looks the cutest thing ever! I see myself as a child want to do something like it. Adorable, easy and very nice.
    Thanks another incredible addition to #tiptuesday.

    • Pili says:

      I don’t know who enjoyed more making it, if the girls or myself 😉 Love this kind of projects, free and easy.
      Thanks for taking the time to stop by!

  6. Lynn says:

    Pili, so sweet! And I love that it’s upcycled. When my kiddos were wee ones, cardboard was the best thing to play with.
    Thanks for sharing, Lynn

    • Pili says:

      I can tell, Lynn. My girls are not wee ones and cardboard is still the best thing in the world to play with!

  7. Nikki Frank-Hamilton says:

    I love that you and the girls do so many fun things together! Love it! This village is really adorable. I loved it during the day shot, but really loved it when you turned the lights on. So festive! Love it!!!!

    • Pili says:

      They grow too fast, so we try to do things together as much as we can. When they leave home there’ll be more than enought time to do other things.
      This is their Christmas favorite!

    • Pili says:

      Haha, you’re funny Tianna! It’s really simple, and cardboard is easy to work with
      Thanks for stopping by!

    • Pili says:

      Thanks, Meredith! Cardboard is great to make things with, and with kids around it never fails. Fun time assured!

  8. Carolyn says:

    This is such a great idea. I may try a simplier version as a craft for my daughter. I almost threw away a box today but I will go see if I still have it.

  9. Maria @ Pastels & Macarons says:

    Wow! What a fabulous transformation! My kids will love this. I am totally making this for them 🙂 Thanks for sharing at #turnituptuesday 🙂 I’m one of the co-hosts for November and December and I loved your project. Can’t wait to see what you link up with us next week! 🙂 Maria. x

    • Pili says:

      Maria, I’m really glad you liked it and decided to make your own for your kids! They will love it!
      Thank you so much for stopping by 🙂

  10. Life Loving says:

    What a great craft to do with the kids. It looks really good and I bet you had so much fun doing this. One to go into the loft after Christmas to add to next year I should imagine?

    Sally @ Life Loving

    • Pili says:

      Yes, of course! We keep it for the next Christmas. We enjoyed doing it and now we’re planning make something else out of cardboard too

  11. Mimi says:

    I love this so much Pili! You’re one in a million, honestly! Thanks for sharing at Five Star Frou-Frou. Love, Mimi xxx

    • Pili says:

      I really appreciate your comments and your taking the time to stop by every week, Mimi. Glad you like it too!

  12. Aspen Jay says:

    Hi Pili,
    I am a BIG fan of cardboard too! You can make so many different decorations and props with it and it entertains the kiddos for hours. Love the added touch with the lights, that gives it so much! Thanks for sharing this with everyone at Talented Tuesday!

    • Pili says:

      Hi, AJ! I love cardboard too, it’s so versatile! My girls can play with a cardboard box for hours and laugh all the time.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  13. Tara @ Lehman Lane says:

    Phili, your cardboard village is fantastic! Such a great project. Thanks so much for sharing this @ Dream. Create. Inspire. Link. Pinning:). Have a great rest of your week and take care, Tara

  14. Linda says:

    I really love it. I’m thinking of doing some kind of paper houses also. Love the look. Pinned onto my Christmas board. Linda @Crafts a la mode

  15. Catherine Holt says:

    I think I should make this with my daughter this Christmas, she would have a ball and she is very crafty 🙂

    A fondue restaurant sounds amazing, but fondue at home is even better! I am always a huge fan of anything chocolate!

    Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.

    • Pili says:

      Then you know, Catherine, she will be happy making this with you and you’d have a great time together.
      Thanks for visiting!

    • Pili says:

      Hi, Robin!! We use cardboard a lot around here, it is free and easy to handle for the girls.
      Thank you so much for the feature!

  16. Keri says:

    Pili, this cardboard village is awesome!! I never would have thought of this! It’s very creative!! I like the details you added. It gives it a unique touch to the display!! 🙂

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