To conclude my Paris memories theme, I’ve come up with this little cardboard Paris DIY that has also enabled me to recycle some old cardboard boxes – one stone, two birds 8-).
I was left with, at least, a dozen of these following the recent work we undertook in our flat. I was looking at them, fuming at the fact that I would be throwing away perfectly good boxes when I had this light-bulb moment.
As a kid, I would spend hours building things out of lego, paper or cardboard for my teddies and little figurines. I’ve always thought that this was funnier than actually playing with my toys.
They years may have passed but I still found out as enjoyable as ever to build these Haussmann-inspired buildings with nothing more than cardboard, a scalpel and some sellotape.
Weirdly enough, my kids seem very little interested in my little cardboard Paris. If I were to populate it with a few Smurfs and X-Men, they might be inclined to take a look at it…
I also had quite a bit of fun doing the gif above. A little homage to the Chanel advert from the eighties, remember?
My little cardboard Paris
This DIY doesn’t come with any particular instructions. As previously said, you’ll just need cardboard boxes, a sharp scalpel, some sellotape and your imagination. I came up with the different designs for these buildings as I went along.
You can, for instance, make taller or fatter buildings, lamposts or add other famous monuments. I tried to make the Sacré-Coeur but it ended up looking like boobs, oops! The Eiffel tower is, granted, a bit weird but I made it using leftover pieces of cardboard.
You could also try make other cities. I bet New York and Amsterdam would look great. And why not add a bit of paint? So, as per usual, have fun!