Despite my golden rule, I struggled with a desire to construct a playhouse, a space too small for adults to invade, a place where normal rules about messes and markers and stickers didn't apply.
After seeing this DIY over at A Beautiful Mess, I secured a giant moving box from a friend. And promptly put it in a closet, where it remained untouched for many months, until I got inspired one night and stayed up well into the wee hours cutting and gluing and creatively cursing until all was well and a miniature abode was born, in all the right colors. I used a box cutter on the bigger cutting jobs (roof tiles, doors, windows, etc.), and an X-Acto knife on the shutters, doorknob, etc. I used quick-setting paste (like Gorilla Glue) to secure the roof and wallpaper, mostly because I'm not patient to wait in between steps.
Although I broke my promise to avoid large play equipment at all costs, this one was admissible because, well, it's sublime. Total cost? Somewhere around €20. The box was free, I used only a small part of a roll of wallpaper, and the rest was spent on glue. Completely worth it. Five months later, it's still mostly intact, except for one damaged shutter I'm blaming on a rogue wind. Surely big bunny would never wreck anything I lovingly crafted. Right.
Happy creating, people. May your habitat, whatever size, inspire delight.