Okay so I’m not really one for home decor. You won’t find great tips for decorating here.
What I love instead is to take something that may have been trash and make it into something cool. I also like to fill my daughter’s play area up with things that she helped make rather than things that we bought at the store (don’t get me wrong, she has plenty of store bought toys too, but I just love homemade toys).
This one is really easy. And even if you think you messed it up, remember it is only a cave. You can’t really go wrong.
You will need:
A large cardboard box. I used the one that my daughter’s balance bike came in.
Hot glue and Glue Gun
Brown packing paper, I used a little more than one full role. I tried using some recycled packing paper from inside of Amazon’s boxes, I had high hopes of using all reused pieces but I had to admit that it tended to tear a lot easier in places where it had been previously folded, so for the most part stuck to the new role.
Extra boxes or cardboard pieces to use to re-enforce corners
1. Start with a box. My box wasn’t big enough unless I straightened out the flaps. If you have a really big box you could just cut off the flaps.
2. Re-enforce the corners. Cut a smaller box to fit in the corner. If you cut off the flaps you could skip this step too, but the extra layers do give your cave more stability. Just keep in mind the more you reenforce it the sturdier it will be.
3. Glue re-enforcing pieces in place.
Just do back corners to start with, after you cut the door out you can do the front corners more easily.
4. Cut out door. Then re-enforce the front corners (if you want to). Go around seams and edges with duct tape. This just gives you a sturdier cave.
5. Wrap in brown paper. I wrapped the outside first and then did the inside. Just think as if you are wrapping a present. I used Tacky Glue to keep the paper adhered to the box on the large surfaces but then switched to hot glue to get all the little edges secured.
6. Add detail. I took a large piece of crumpled paper and went over the front covering the corners to give a sort of rocky effect. This was a little tricky to secure but a lot of hot glue did it. Last I printed some pictures of bears and bats and spiders and cut them out and glued them inside to give Zenie something to look at in there.
Have fun and post a pic of yours.