This recycled material project is so fun for a wide range of ages! For younger makers, you may want to cover the carton in paper first and then have them decorate it. Add a variety of materials and watch each designer's imagination shine through!

Start with:

  • Beverage Carton (we used a pint carton for cream)
  • Cardstock in a variety of colors and patterns
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • 1 inch Paper Hole Punch, optional
  • Pipe Cleaner
  • Pom Pom

Create it!


Step 1: Glue the sides of the carton and wrap in cardstock. We used a hot glue gun because it dries faster. We recommend adults do this part!

Step 2: Cut cardstock and glue to the two sides to cover the folded  top portion of the carton.

Step 3: Cut a piece of cardstock for the roof. Glue it to the top of the carton.

Step 4: Cut circles out of patterned cardstock (we recommend adults use the hole punch). We glued the circles to the sides of the house.

Step 5: Decorate the house with pieces of cardstock such as stripes, windows and doors.

Step 6: For the bat, cut wings from cardstock.

Step 7: Glue a pom pom to the cardstock wings to make the bat.

Step 8: To attach the bat to the house, glue the bat to a pipe cleaner. Fold the pipe cleaner in a zig zag pattern if you like, and then attach the pipe cleaner to the house.