Build a Log Cabin out of Carpet Tubes


Do you remember building log cabins out of Lincoln Logs when you were a kid? Maybe you were the one who always built the coolest forts, cabins and homes for your little cowboys and army men. But then something happened…. you grew up! A few years ago my Mom and Dad took my kids on a whole new adventure. They showed them how to build a log cabin out of carpet tubes. Real life Lincoln Logs! Talk about a cool weekend with Grandparents!

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How to Build a Log Cabin out of Carpet Tubes

To build a log cabin out of carpet tubes you of course need cardboard tubes from the carpet store. Check with your local carpet store a few weeks ahead of time and request that they save them for you. They may already have plenty in stock and available. Typically you can have them just by making a request.

Materials Needed

  • Cardboard Tubes
  • Power Screw Driver (You can use a regular screw driver, but it’s going to take a long time)
  • Screws
  • Pencil
  • Measuring Tape

Measure the area where you want to build to determine the dimensions of your house. Just like in real Lincoln Logs, you will need some small connecting pieces to help you form a doorframe so you can enter.

There is alot about this DIY project that can be done by the kids, but the actual cutting needs to be done by an adult

Begin building the frame one log at a time. You can use the power screw driver to attach the tubes.

It won’t take too long before you will start seeing the log cabin actually start to take shape!

I think I can officially say that my kids have some pretty creative grandparents!

What will you build with carpet tubes? A fort? A palm tree? A cabin? I can’t wait to hear what you do with this idea!

Thanks to Ritchie and Sheldon Hale for building memories and fun with my kids! This idea is brought to you entirely from their creative minds!

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  1. That is so cool! Of course, I’m not surprised. Your mom and dad are always coming up with great ideas. I’ll bet they all had a great time with this one.

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