Artist Katrina Rodabaugh shares her artistic training and up-cycling sensibility in this unique and inspired book, The Paper Playhouse. With simple techniques including sculpture, printmaking, bookbinding, collage, and even ideas for public art, families work through step-by-step instructions while using imagination and budding aesthetics. This book goes beyond the typical paper craft project to include contemporary design references like Mid-Century Modern dollhouses, VW buses, paper monsters, costumes and masks, and the classic lemonade stand--all made with unique style and flair! Focused around surprising and easily accessibly materials like shipping boxes, shoeboxes, junk mail envelopes, newspapers, maps, found books, and other paper ephemera, and with stunning photography by Leslie Sophia Lindell, The Paper Playhouse has 22 projects aimed at inspiring children to create amazing paper crafts. A beautiful gallery provides further project inspirations from Lisa Congdon, Maya Donenfeld, Heather Smith Jones, Courtney Cerutti, Gracia Haby, Mati Rose McDonough, and many more!
"Fine artist and blogger Rodabaugh takes items that most people have around the house and turns them into whimsical creations in this collection of environmentally friendly craft projects intended to be made by and for children. Each section of the book focuses on a different material--paper, books, or boxes--and there's also a final chapter full of projects intended for public display (think yarn bombing, only with upcycled crafts). Most of the projects only require simple supplies such as scissors and glue, making them easily accessible to families on a budget. The simplest of the projects would be appropriate for preschoolers with a parent's help; some of Rodabaugh's more sophisticated creations are best attempted by the ten-and-older crowd. An added bonus: many of the projects would also make excellent library craft programs for children and teens. VERDICT Craft projects using recycled or upcycled materials are perennially popular, and the kid-friendly angle adds a fun dimension." - Library Journal
"Created by the mother of a toddler who lives in a small apartment, Katrina Rodabaugh assures us that there's a variety of projects, for toddlers and older, possible even if you're working on the kitchen table with only material from your recycling bin. Better yet, her book includes patterns that can be used with felt, wood and other materials. The author also has some practical suggestions for storing such materials: for example, by folding smaller boxes flat and tucking them and saved paper in a shallow box under the bed.
The projects range from very simple--star wands for your magician or princess's costume--to elaborate, like the miniature Airstream trailer and VW bus, and the fold-up playhouse and two-story dollhouse.
Overall, what we at News for Parents like most is the emphasis on re-using materials, whether they are security envelopes, cereal boxes, advertising mail or packing cartons, and the fact that most of these projects can be made simple or sophisticated. - News for Parents
"The pretty pattern inside security envelopes, big cardboard boxes and even beat-down file folders will be met with new eyes after flipping through "The Paper Playhouse: Awesome Art Projects for Kids Using Paper, Boxes and Books". Oakland author and mother to two boys, Katrina Rodabaugh demonstrates the ease of fashioning playful art, decor and interactive toys with scissors, glue, paint and perhaps the box of cereal the kiddos polished off that morning. "Once you turn your attention to the beautiful paper scraps available to you, you will quickly build a hefty stash," she writes. Projects work for parties, playrooms and everyday makery, such as simple paper garlands or festive paper crowns decorated with washi tape or triangle block prints. Her budget creations also include a Volkswagen Bus box, a cottage playhouse and pretty much the cutest cardboard dollhouse imaginable, complete with a pitched, fringed roof, modern "wallpaper," faux bois paper floors and a mini garland to pull it all together." - San Francisco Chronicle Website