Critter Clubhouse

Critter Clubhouse craft

Create an animal playhouse using your imagination, a recycled cardboard box, Crayola Model Magic®, and the Neon Color Explosion® Paper and Marker System. Let the pretend fun begin!

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    Use your own ideas or follow the steps here to build a Critter Clubhouse.

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    Set your box on its side with one flap flat on the table. Fold the top and side flaps back. Tape in place so they stand out from the opening.

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    Create a sign for the top flap of your clubhouse. Shape letters using Crayola Model Magic® strips. Press them onto the flap—Model Magic sticks to almost any surface. Press and spread colorful Model Magic pieces between the letters.

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    Design the side flaps. Cut Crayola Neon Color Explosion® Paper to fit over the side flaps. Use Neon Color Explosion Markers to draw an OPEN sign on one flap and a large fish tank on the other.

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    Decorate the backdrop. Cover the inside back of the box with Neon Color Explosion Paper. To make a long shelf on the wall, fold a long rectangle of the paper in half, bringing the long sides together. Fold each long side back to meet the fold line. Glue flaps to the back wall. Use Neon Color Explosion Markers to draw items on the wall so they look like they are on the shelf. Add signs, a clock, and other items.

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    Add flooring. Cut and fit Neon Color Explosion Paper on the floor inside the clubhouse. Draw a rug or patterned flooring using Neon Color Explosion Markers.

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    Create a front path. On the front flap, press Model Magic pieces down the center to make it look like a stony path.

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    Make grass! Press neon green Model Magic through the holes of a garlic press by squeezing the handles. Carefully remove the "grass" from the garlic press and press in place on the box flap "yard" of your clubhouse. Wash the garlic press in warm soapy wate

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    Create a full pond by pressing Model Magic fish directly onto the front box flap.

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    Use your imagination to make a sliding board, boxes of treats, and pet beds from Neon Color Explosion Paper and Markers. Make balls, bones, and other critter playthings from Model Magic. Model Magic dries to the touch overnight and dries completely in 2 t

  • 11.

    To make lots of real-looking or imaginary pets to play with, see Critters for Your Clubhouse on