DIY Cardboard Tent Craft

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INSIDE: DIY Cardboard Tent Craft is a fun cardboard painting craft for kids. Create and decorate a cardboard tent and use it in pretend play this summer!

DIY Cardboard Tent Craft

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DIY Cardboard Tent Craft

How to Make a DIY Cardboard Tent Craft

The next time you have a large cardboard box delivered to your home save it for this craft! To make the tent cut the top and sides off the box.

DIY Cardboard Tent Craft

You can use the sides to create another smaller tent. Fold the top box using brown packing tape.

My twins starting playing in them right away! We could have left it at this and they would have love it!

DIY Cardboard Tent Craft

If you want to take your tent to the next level, take out your painters tape and create a pattern on the outside of the tent using the tape.

DIY Cardboard Tent Craft

Hand your kids some tempera paint and let them decorate their tents.

DIY Cardboard Tent Craft

DIY Cardboard Tent Craft
DIY Cardboard Tent Craft

This art project was definitely bigger than it looks so I stepped into help out making this an art project great for older kids as well.

Let your paint dry and then remove the painters tape to reveal the design!

Once the tents are completely dry bring them out every once and while during the summer and use them in pretend play or just for fun!


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  • Cardboard Box
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Brown Packing Tape
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Brushes

Age Suitability

This activity is good for kids 3 years and up. My kids are 3, 3, and 6 year old.

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