Here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Nashville, we’re all about a fun DIY craft! We especially love making crafts out of used moving boxes that we would otherwise have to throw away. This time, we took inspiration from our Movers for Mutts charity campaign and made a Snoopy Doghouse. Here’s how we did it:
- Two moving boxes (we used a Large and a Medium, but you can use whichever sizes you have available)
- Packing tape
- Black marker
- Exacto-style knife*
- Red spray paint*
*For these last two supplies, make sure to have an adult supervising children who make this craft!
For this step, you’ll want to keep your box flattened on the floor to make tracing and cutting easy. Pick one of the smaller sides of your box to be the “front” of the doghouse, and trace your arched doorway with a pencil. Then use your crafting knife to cut the shape out.
Step 2: Cut a roof-shaped point in the front and back box flaps.
This step will also be easier if you leave your box flattened on the floor for now. Using a yard stick or the edge of your second box, draw two diagonal lines starting from the bottom outer corners of each flap, ending at the midpoint of the top of the flap. Then use your crafting knife to cut through these lines.
Step 3: Fold up Snoopy’s doghouse.
Now you’re ready to get the basic shape of your doghouse! Fold up the bottom flaps and secure the edges with tape to hold them down. These will make up the “floor” of the doghouse. Next, tape the edges of your top flaps together. Your doghouse should look nearly complete, and just a teeny bit leaky on top.
Look at all sides of your second box, and decide which of the four side folds you’d like to serve as the top point of your roof. Then use your crafting knife to cut off the non-adjacent sides of the box. Fold and set the remaining two sides over your doghouse box to get an idea of what your roof will look like. When we got to this step, we noticed that the roof was going to be much longer than we wanted, so we cut a few inches off the end. Adjust your roof, too, to make it the size you want!
Step 5: Decorate!
Now for the really fun part! To decorate our Snoopy doghouse, we spray painted the outside walls and roof piece separately. Then we used a permanent marker to add the “siding” and “roof slats,” and of course wrote in Snoopy’s name. After all the coloring was done, we taped the roof piece down to the top to keep everything nice and secure.
That’s all! This easy craft took us about two days to complete, just because we wanted to let paint completely dry between adding layers. You can come see our Snoopy doghouse at the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Nashville booth at the upcoming Dog Day Festival on September 17th! And to take some free, cute photos of your pooch next to (or inside!) our masterpiece, just bring a donation for our Movers for Mutts charity collection.
If you’re in need of moving supplies for your upcoming relocation–or for your upcoming DIY project–give us a call or text at 615-248-6288. For more information about our moving services, check out our website here!