Hi everyone! Our house is full of geeks. From Lord of the Rings, to Pokemon, Harry Potter and even Dr. Who, we love them all. However, when it comes to crafting sci-fi things, it can be hard and expensive! I wanted to find a sci-fi themed craft that was made of scrap and recycled objects, and easy for kids to make. After searching my stack of empty containers and craft supplies, I came up with this Easy Hobbit House Craft! It’s simple enough for little kids to make, and as a bonus it can even open and work as a mini or travel playhouse.
You can easily adjust this craft to work with containers and supplies you already have, so don’t worry if you need to substitute in construction paper instead of felt or use a cardboard box instead of a plastic container. Use what you have! Let’s get started.
Easy Hobbit House Craft
- Butter tub or other clean, empty container
- Felt or construction paper
- School glue or adhesive roller
- Brown paint (make sure it will adhere to plastic!)
- Black marker
First make sure your container is clean and dry, and remove any labels if they’re removable. If your container has a pull tab like mine, use your scissors to trim it off. In the case that you’re using a super shiny plastic container, you may want to rub it with a bit of sandpaper, a nail file, or a rough cleaning sponge to take off some of the shine so the paint sticks better.
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Paint the whole container and lid brown, inside and outside. This may take several layers. Wait until it’s completely dry in between layers, and let it fully dry before moving on to the next step. If you’re using a cardboard container, this will only take an hour or so. If you’re painting plastic, I recommend letting it sit at least 6 hours to prevent the paint from peeling off easily.
Now it’s time to decorate! Grab your felt or construction paper, and cut out one large brown circle for the door of the hobbit house. Then cut out two smaller yellow circles to be the windows. Use your glue or adhesive roller to attach the windows and door to the lid of the container. Now use your marker to draw a doorknob and two hinges on the door, and to draw a cross shape on the windows.
You’re all done! Yep, it’s that easy! Now, if you want to put a bit more time in, you can add some felt to the inside as a carpet. You can also glue fake greenery from the dollar store onto the top of the house, and even add some little bits of play furniture. It’s your hobbit house, so have fun decorating it!
Plus, I just love that it can open up fully to be played with! I hope you all enjoy making this Easy Hobbit House Craft! If you love the Hobbit, are sure to check out our Worksheets for the Hobbit!