A cardboard box turned children’s play space is hardly something new. You’ve handed old scrap over to the kids time and time again. You may have even dressed up the box, drawing a door or a curtain-clad window on the side with markets.

Sure, you’re super-crafty. But, this handmade playhouse puts us all to shame when it comes to adorable ideas made from cardboard.

Meet Jeh Caparas, a grandfather from the Philippines, who took cardboard creation to a whole new level. When his 3 year-old granddaughter Ellie needed a new playhouse, he used cardboard that the girl’s parents collected to build a mock version of the house from Pixar’s Up!

While Ellie’s parents were at work (they are both registered nurses), her grandfather went a step beyond simply watching his granddaughter. He built a frame from scrap wood and cardboard, adding to the exterior with imaginatively artistic painting. Not only did he re-create the exterior of the house from Up, but the grandfather also painted the inside as well. He completed the house with a bouquet of umbrellas sprouting from the chimney (making it look even more like the movie version).

So how did Jeh build the house?

  1.  He started with a wooden frame.
Image source: Jeh Caparas
Image source: Jeh Caparas

2.  Then he added cardboard walls and a roof!

Image source: Jeh Caparas
Image source: Jeh Caparas

3.  He secured the roof and built a chimney with tape and paper.

Image source: Jeh Caparas
Image source: Jeh Caparas

4.  Next came the amazing artwork.

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Photo source" Jeh Caparas
Image source: Jeh Caparas

5.  He also moved on to the interior, painting that too!

Image source: Jeh Caparas
Image source: Jeh Caparas

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6.  Ellie got in on the action and helped her grandpa to paint.

Image source: Jeh Caparas
Image source: Jeh Caparas
Image source: Jeh Caparas
Image source: Jeh Caparas

The finished product?
A perfectly sweet playhouse (complete with a dog house too!).

Image source: Jeh Caparas
Image source: Jeh Caparas

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Belinda's a passionate advocate for community and connection. As the founder of the Mum Central Network she’s committed to celebrating the journey that is Australian parenthood. Mum to two cheeky boys, and wife to her superstar husband, they live a busy but crazy lifestyle in Adelaide. Great conversation, close friends and good chocolate are her chosen weapons for daily survival. Oh, and bubbles. Champagne is key.

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