100 Little Homes - a creative project to help kids get excited about  STEAM-learning, art exploration, architecture, sustainability and more!

A year of STEAM-powered creative building challenges!

About the 100 Little Homes Project

Problem-solving, reasoning, math & measurement, creative engagement, art process & material exploration, conservancy, collaboration and independent, imaginative play – these are all benefits kids experience when building their own structures and small worlds.

I started the 100 Little Homes project with the main goal of s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g imaginations, building a creative community and creating one BIG collection of little homes & habitats that kids, parents, educators & makers of all kinds can use for inspiration.

For my part, I hope to share 100 unique ideas – all using sustainable & relatively common household supplies over the course of the next year.

Join the 100 Little Homes Project by making your own little homes and habitats.
100 Little Homes Resource Kit


Ready to start making your own creative homes & habitats? You can download the full resource kit (check back soon!) and follow along or join in our weekly challenges over on Instagram.


If you have project photos that you’re okay having shared on our Instagram account (with full attribution!) tag them with #100littlehomes to be featured.

I’d love to see what you’ve created (and send people directly to YOUR project ideas too!)

100 Little Homes Instagram Tag

This project was inspired by the fun we’ve had making our own little homes and habitats over the years. For a little inspiration to get you rolling, click on one of our past projects below!

Each project uses simple recycled materials (scrap wood, cardboard boxes, etc). and includes a full supply list and complete tutorial. You can re-create them, grab a couple of tips, or simply save them for inspiration to use for your own building challenges.

DIY Cardboard City Project
DIY Peter Rabbit Garden Project
DIY Cardboard Play Pet Tank Project
DIY Recycled Shoebox House Project
DIY Cardboard Play Gnome Home Project
DIY Scrap Wood Dollhouse Project

Looking for some supply suggestions? We put together a list of some of our very favorite building supplies below!

100 Little Homes Supply List

A few of our favorite building materials…


  • Twigs & sticks
  • Rocks & stones
  • Shells & sea glass
  • Pinecones & nuts
  • Plants & succulents
  • Moss & bar
  • Tree slices
  • Feathers
  • Dirt, sand & clay
  • Seeds


  • Construction paper & cardstock
  • Tissue paper
  • Modeling clay
  • Paper mache
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Paper bags
  • Paper straws
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Playdough
  • Wooden dowels
  • Wire, twine & ribbon
  • Fabric, felt & yarn
  • Pom poms & cotton balls
  • Hot glue gun or craft glue
  • Scissors
  • Metal brads
  • Peg Dolls
  • Candy


  • Cardboard
  • Cereal Boxes
  • Shoeboxes
  • Bottes & cartons
  • Paper cups
  • Bottlecaps & lids
  • Paper rolls
  • Egg cartons
  • Small Tins
  • Spools
  • Takeout containers
  • Magazine pages
  • Cans & jars
  • Scrap Wood


  • Blocks & Legos
  • Game pieces
  • Magnetic tiles
  • Toy cars
  • Parts of broken toys
  • Transparent color tiles


  • Textured or handmade paper
  • Watercolors
  • Paints
  • Chalk paint
  • Oil pastels
  • Crayons
  • Stamps & ink pads
  • Smocks


  • Hand mirrors
  • Garden pots
  • Office Supplies
  • Stickers & labels
  • Duct tape
  • Flameless tea lights
  • Nuts & Bolts
  • Small Pulleys
  • Corks
  • Pie Tins
100 Little Homes Schedule o Creative Prompts

Our 100 Little Homes Challenge features a different creative building prompt every week. You can save the dates to build along with us, or use the themes as inspiration to create your own STEAM-building invitations.

April 5-10A plant home
April 12-17A storybook home
April 19-24A home in the water
April 26 – May 1A home for flowers
May 3-8A dream home
May 10-15A home for a hero
May 17-22A messy home
May 24-29A bug’s home
May 31 – June 5A home for the future