one person's trash is another child's treasure

I've been building things out of cardboard for months now.  The kids love it, I'm having so much fun and I've gotten inquiries about building items for other families.  So I thought what better way to raise some more money for BikeMS than to auction off a custom cottage?  I've lived with MS for 17 years and I want to turn something pretty terrible into something pretty amazing.  So here it is.

The Orchard Cottage details:

All of my creations take about two minutes to assemble and disassemble.  The walls are secured with strips of industrial strength velcro and each wall is three layers of cardboard so they're extremely sturdy.  But we all know kids will figure out how to break anything.  This is certainly not indestructible, but the good news is that any repair will likely just require more cardboard, Elmer's glue and maybe some duct tape.

 This is what the cottage looks like disassembled.

Emma is demonstrating that stacked flat, the pieces are roughly seven inches tall.  She would also like you to notice her skirt.  The dimensions when assembled are 40''x 53" with a max height of 56".

It's made out of 99% recycled materials.  The door has real hinges and wood supports since they take the most beatings.  

The doorknobs are made out of recycled baby food jars.  The door curtain is made from a antique table cloth that I has used in my Beatrix Potter inspired cottage and it's secured on each end with spray painted toothpaste lids.

The exterior of the house has sided walls, three large framed windows on each side and a shingled roof, because every legitimate playhouse needs a shingled roof.  The roof is one solid piece of cardboard that stays in place by fitting over the tabs connected to the front and back walls.

The interior of the house is one of my favorites so far.  I sewed the four large curtains out of an old sheet.  The custom made farmhouse sink and marigold cupboard rest against a wall made with Washington Apple boxes.  If you choose to set up the house outside (just remember to bring it in if we're expecting rain) the sunlight will stream into the little kitchen and make you want to be a kid again.

The house also comes decorated with a basket of strawberries (tiny painted jars), an antique Bambi pitcher and a bar of soap for the farmhouse sink made from an Altoid container.  

This house was made with love.  I hope it will encourage someone to bid big knowing 100% of the proceeds will go to support my husband's BikeMS fundraising efforts.  I hope it will inspire hours of imaginative play for some lucky kid.  And don't be surprised if you find yourself hanging out in there as well.  It's nothing to be ashamed of.

Thank you for your interest!  Feel free to DM me with questions.  Details of auction to follow.

Here is the link to my husband's team page if you want to know more about what they're doing to fight MS.  Thank you Wolf Pack Project.