Bahay Kubo (Nipa Hut)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Bahay Kubo is square shaped house with no divisions, just a door and windows.  It is made up of local materials such as wood or bamboo or  nipa grass.  It is a Philippine icon and represents the Filipino culture.  Note that these houses are raised, for proper ventilation I guess since the flooring is made up of bamboo.  Another reason is to avoid the flood.

Yes I have seen Bahay Kubo and have friends and relatives who used to live on this type of house.  Until now, they still exist and I can’t wait to show them to Mavi.  He has always been fascinated with Bahay Kubo. Maybe he can’t imagine how people can live on just a square house. 

Thus, I decided to create a model using cardboard boxes from Book Depository. 

bahaykubo copy

There are still people who lives in this stilt houses and I can’t wait to show it to Mavi when we visit the folks this year :)

I cut out the cardboard boxes into strips then stick them on a wooden BBQ skewers.


And here’s how the skeleton  looks like when all four sides are attached. DSC_0656

Adding the roof which is made up of cardstock and a wooden ladder here’s the end product.

bahay kubo

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  1. WOW!!! This is so neat! I'm sure he'll also love being able to see real life versions in person.

    Katie @ Cup of Tea

    1. Thank you! Yes I definitely can't wait for him to see this personally :)

  2. Very cute! Great way to make the story come to life!

  3. Jae, this is so cool! I've been wanting to find a bahay kubo playset... maybe I'll make one too! Could you post a more detailed tutorial for the roof? And how did you stick the ladder - just tape? It looks pretty professional from where I'm gazing! Hahaha.

    1. The roof is pretty simple really because by the time I made one I was already tired LOL. Are you in my facebook page? I'll make a detailed post and tag you.

    2. Yes I am!:) yay, thank you! Btw I gave a talk on afterschooling as a working mom and I showed your blog as a source of ideas. Love it.

    3. Cool! Thank you for that, I feel so honored!

  4. This is such a neat project! Pinning =)

    1. Thank you Beth :) The nipa house is indeed beautiful and enchanting especially to those who haven't seen them yet.