Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Are your children familiar with the Smurfs through movies or books? They might enjoy making their own Smurf house from recyclable materials.

This post has been updated on November 19 2015 with new photos. Unfortunately, I didn't take better photos at the time of the project :) Disclosure:  I am an Amazon associate, and this post contains Amazon affiliate links. For full disclosure, please click here, and thank you for supporting my blog!

Why We Love Smurfs

My husband was fascinated with Smurfs since he was a young child. Some boys play with toy soldiers, my husband had his Schleich Smurfs. He spent his childhood crocheting blankets for them, building Lego merry-go-rounds for them, or sending them on various adventures. His parents kept his Smurf collection, and eventually he brought them over. Now our daughter is playing with them. At first, she was rather indifferent to them, but we got some original Smurf graphic novels by Peyo, and she got more enthusiastic about these funny blue creatures. In fact, she started to draw her own Smurfs and Smurf villages, but my husband insisted that Smurf homes should look more “mushroom-like”. This is how the idea of a DIY Smurf house was born.

Supplies Needed

  • An empty oatmeal cylindrical box
  • A paper soup bowl
  • A cork
  • Tempera paint
  • An exacto knife (wielded by an adult)

Make Your Smurf House

Painting-Smurf House
My husband cut a cereal box in half and made windows and doors with an exacto knife. Smarty was delighted to be able to choose colors for her Smurf houses and their roofs and then went to town painting them. We helped somewhat since she ran out of steam after about 20 minutes. We let the paint dry, and then my husband hot glued a cork “chimney” to the roof.
While Smarty enjoyed having these houses for Smurfs, she enjoyed wearing “roof hats” even more. She thought that they look “very fashionable”. Unfortunately, I did not think to make pictures of her actually playing with the houses, and at the moment of refreshing this post they are gone, replaced by forever changing Magna Tiles palaces.

Your Turn

Easy DIY Smurf House

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Christy said...

Your husband is very cool!!!!! I love the houses.

MaryAnne said...

I love the houses, too - and such a simple way to make them!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Hmmm...I thought Smurfs were for little girls :)

Kylie said...

oh I love the Smurfs!!

Wonder Mom said...

Oh my smurfiness! These house a smurf-tastically smurfy...

Ticia said...

Wonder Mom stole my funny joke.

I was wondering if those were oatmeal boxes. In our house they'd be fairy houses, for whatever reason Jeff has decided he doesn't like Smurfs. Much to my dismay.

Ticia said...

Oh, did you guys see the new Smurf movie? I'm curious if it was good or not.

Debbie said...

What a sweet thing for your husband to do. I bet Anna was thrilled to watch her little story come to life.

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Susan @ learning ALL the time!! said...

Very cute! It's great that your husband can share his smurfy love with Anna :)

Joyful Learner said...

I used to draw them but never thought of making a smurf village. Very cute!

Mom and Kiddo said...

I cannot even imagine my husband making a smurf house, much less a whole village. I think that is awesome.

Kim said...

I LOVE that your husband is a smurf expert. How wonderful for him that Anna is now interested!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love that he came up with ways to reuse items! I bet she loves it.

Amy said...

What a fun idea and how creative your husband is! Smurfs are a hit at our house right now, too.

The girl who painted trees said...

You have a great husband! I loved the smurfs growing up.

Our Homeschool Fun said...

This is awesome! I can't believe all that Lars did for his own smurfs, Natalie! He sounds so creative and fun too.

Anna's smurf house is so cool. I love how it turned out!

Brimful Curiosities said...

I wish I still had my little smurf figures. Did you see the new movie? I haven't heard whether it is good or not. Adorable houses, by the way.

Jen said...

Love the smurf houses! Thanks for stopping by again and for hosting the giveaway :D I always love your comments :D

Jackie H. said...

How fun! It's cool that something that was a part of our childhoods has come around again for our kids to enjoy :)