DIY: From Box to Bear Cave

DIY Bear Cave from Cardboard box Liturgy of Life
We made this bear cave for Zenie’s Woodland Forest themed birthday party. I brought it for the kids to use at the party. It held up through that and now is in Zenie’s room. It goes great with this rug from Ikea.

 

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.

Tacky glue

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.

Duct Tape

Extra boxes or cardboard pieces to use to re-enforce corners

How to:

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.

DIY Bear Cave from Cardboard box Liturgy of Life

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.

DIY Bear Cave from Cardboard box Liturgy of Life

3. Glue re-enforcing pieces in place.

DIY Bear Cave from Cardboard box Liturgy of Life

 

photo 4

 

DIY Bear Cave from Cardboard box Liturgy of Life
I’m a little embarrassed that I used Bibles for this step. I don’t think my husband would approve, but there it is.

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.

DIY Bear Cave from Cardboard box Liturgy of Life

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.

 

DIY Bear Cave from Cardboard box Liturgy of Life

 

DIY Bear Cave from Cardboard box Liturgy of Life

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.

DIY Bear Cave from Cardboard box Liturgy of Life

Have fun and post a pic of yours.

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