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Cardboard Playhouses for Boys – DIY Ideas You’ll Love

We found some wonderful cardboard playhouses for boys that you (and they!) are going to absolutely love. DIY one of these for him and your boy won’t be able to wait to get inside!

There is nothing like a place of your own, and cardboard playhouses let your boys have their very own mini house.

They will really love being able to spend time in their house and they will enjoy bringing in stuffed animals, toys and books to keep them company.

These houses are all very boy friendly. I dug around and found some that I think they will really like.

All of them are totally DIY worthy. Some are easier than others but all are do-able. You just have to decide how much time you want to spend making one.

You have to scroll all the way to the bottom. Though that one is the hardest, it is pretty darn cool and worth a look.
You are not going to believe these incredible cardboard playhouses for boys. We found the best ones that are totally boy friendly.

Cardboard Playhouses for Boys

Grab some big cardboard pieces or boxes and get ready to make a cardboard playhouse especially for your boy.

Good Places To Get Cardboard for Building Your Playhouse

Home Depot and Lowes or other home improvement stores can be good sources of large cardboard boxes because they get in large appliances.

If you do not have one of those nearby try any local appliance store.

Furniture stores can also be source of large pieces of cardboard. I have not found big boxes at these stores but you might get lucky. However, they do have large pieces of cardboard, which you can tape them together in whatever shape you like.

Home goods stores, such as department stores, or something like TJMaxx, get in large boxes and may  save them for you if you tell them what you are doing.

When we were moving, I did run into stores that compact their boxes and do not give them out to people even if you ask. It is a store rule that they compact them all.

However, I found plenty of places that would share their boxes, so with a bit of persistence, I am sure you can find the boxes you need to build a super cool house.

Don't wait another minute. You have to see (and make!) these cardboard playhouses for your boys.

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Cardboard Barn Playhouse for Boys

Red Barn Cardboard Playhouse
I thought I would start with this gem. When I found this red barn, I knew I had to include it.

Super cute, right?! I love it. She did a fabulous job on the details.

Notice the roof with the cardboard overlapping to look like a real barn roof. I thought she had used wood for the trim as it looks so real but what she did was much cheaper and easier. The trim, to me, looks so barn-like that it really makes the playhouse more special. Red Cardboard Barn

Playhouse with Tunnel for Boys to Crawl Through

Cardboard Playhouse Climbing Tube Attached
Oh boy! There is a lot to love here.

To make this playhouse, you will have to take a look at the images and possibly pop the directions into Google Translate unless you can read German.

My favorite part is, by far, the crawl-through tunnel that is attached to the circle door in the side of the house. What a fab idea!!

I also like the style of the house and the decorations on it. She chose flowers on part of it, but you could do whatever design you like if you want something a bit more boy.

Do not skip adding the mailbox though because that is a feature you and your little guy are going to use so often! Playhouse with Tunnel

Cardboard Play Tower

Plain Cardboard Play Tower
If you think he would enjoy a tower, this is the one you need to make.

I like the roof and if you pop over to the post, you can see how it looks from the inside which I’m sure was a happy result from piecing it together but it looks so cool that one would think it was designed that way on purpose. Cardboard Tower

Quaint Small Cardboard Playhouse

Shingle Roof Red Playhouse
If you do not have a whole lot of room and want something a bit more open, this is the perfect place to read or cuddle.

While small in size, it is big on design. The shingled roof and the gingerbread trim make this a classic charmer.

She also shows how to make a house more sturdy so even if this one isn’t exactly what you are looking for, go and check that out as it is a very helpful tip. Small Cardboard House

Cool Cardboard Dome Playhouse

Playhouse Dome made from Cardboard
Two words. Seriously cool!

Ok, one more word – WOW!

I would have loved to make something like this for my son when he was little, if I knew such a thing existed. The dome shape is amazing, and oh my gosh, the whole look of this is pretty darn slick.

I think this one if perfect for older boys who have perhaps outgrown the other types of houses. Cardboard Dome

Cardboard Log Cabin

Cardboard Log Cabin
I found the log cabin to be very unusual. I can totally see this as a perfect fit for a boy who loves the outdoors. You could even make them a little campfire to put outside it.

You can make this in any size. If you want something bigger, simply use a bigger box and more toilet paper and roll towel tubes.

You will likely have to plan ahead and start saving all the tubes you can and also ask friends and family to save tubes for you as well. Log Cabin House

Cardboard Fort Playhouse for Boys

Cardboard Fort
What fun! The fort is a great idea! I’m so glad someone made one so I could share it with you today.

The fort is actually made out of cardboard pieces and not out of a box but you can also use a box if you want to and just make the proper cuts along the top.

Personalizing it with their name sure adds to the enjoyment, so be sure to keep that idea in mind. Fort Playhouse

Cardboard Castle Playhouse

Cardboard Castle Playhouse
For knights in training or those who love castles and dragons, this cardboard castle playhouse is a win.

The details on the castle are very nicely done. This is most definitely for an experienced cardboard wizard.

Do keep in mind that you can do something similar to this that doesn’t have quite as many details and your boy will still be super happy with it. In fact, I’m sure he will love it. Cardboard Castle



Wonderful boy friendly cardboard playhouses that your boy will love to have. You can totally make these!!

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