Sunday, April 20, 2014

Parents re-create famous movie scenes out of cardboard with baby boy

By Sarah Petersen, Deseret News

Published: Tue, Dec. 31 9:15 a.m. MST

 Lilly, Leon and Orson recreate a scene from \

Lilly, Leon and Orson recreate a scene from "Star Wars."

(Cardboard Box Office)

Lilly and Leon Mackie and their baby boy, Orson, have quickly become an Internet sensation for simply spending time with one another and being creative.

For the past few months, the family has enjoyed using items from around their home to recreate scenes from popular movies such as "Star Wars" and "Home Alone." Except in their versions, they are the stars of the show.

Lilly and Leon decided to share their funny photos on their blog, Cardboard Box Office.

"The project began after finding that we had accumulated both a lot of cardboard boxes (due to moving to a new country) and a baby (due to giving birth)," Lilly and Leon, who recently moved from New Zealand to Australia, state on their website. "With our social lives drastically altered we decided to find a way to make some of those housebound weekends a little more fun."

Although the props are all made from everyday household items, their photos and blog have impressed many.

"I guess the biggest thing we've learned is how much we can create in our house from the same simple things," Lilly told the Deseret News. "We are looking forward to when Orson can really appreciate having these sets in the house, as well as having him help build them and give us ideas."

Even though it takes some work to put the sets together, Lilly explained that they do it because it's something they enjoy doing as a family.

"This is what we do on a Saturday night with Orson," Lilly said. "Some people watch TV or play games — this is our thing. He really engages with the sets we create and seems to find them quite fascinating. So long as he's getting something out of it, and we're making people laugh, it's something we're happy to continue to do."


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1. Smiley
West Valley City, UT,
Dec. 31, 2013

How fun. What a clever way to spend the weekends together. The parents are creative. It's the simple everyday things, put together with a little imagination that make it fun & creates memories as well.

2. Kings Court
Alpine, UT,
Jan. 1, 2014

Everybody wants their 10 minutes of fame.

3. timpClimber
Provo, UT,
Jan. 2, 2014

One Christmas day I brought a big cardboard box into the living room to fill with used wrapping paper and our four year old son jumped in it and shouted, "You got me a fort. Just what I wanted." Thus began our tradition of creating forts, rocket ships, submarines, etc. out of boxes. Now our grand kids help us to keep creating new toys and adventures. A box, a knife and markers bring adventure land home. And don't forget to take pictures.