I love little houses and creating wee villages, definitely
a carry over from my childhood, and have been wanting
to make some of my own to play decorate with. I figured
I could make houses from all the cardboard boxes in
my recycling so now I have finally taken pictures and
written up a tutorial to share with you!
There are a lot of pictures but the tutorial is actually
very simple. Once the house is made it can be painted
or covered with paper or even left plain. You can also
leave one flap open and use it as a gift box, part of an
advent, or just a hiding place for treasures :)
cardboard box from the pantry
thick white glue
something to score with
clamp, clothespins, or painter's
tape for holding pieces until
*click on pictures to enlarge*
cut and ready to make the roof
#10: fold all four sides down on the score line you made
earlier in #4 then fold back up straight
#11: apply glue to the small flap at the top of the short
side panel (see arrow in picture #10); put glue on the
unprinted side and glue together as above
#12: lay box on its side, then mark and score angled
roof edges against the front and back panels of
the box (all four angles)
sides (four times)
#16: fold all four flaps that you just cut towards the
box; apply glue on all the flaps and tuck into the roof
#17: here's your house all glued and
ready to be decorated!
Experiment with a variety of boxes; the small house
in the middle is made from two pudding boxes glued
together and the square house on the right is from a
tea box. You can also change the height of the roof by
adjusting the length of the four vertical
cuts you made in #3.
These houses were all taped instead of being glued and
then I covered them with paper.
These houses were painted with acrylic paint. They can
be drawn on after they have dried. The little house with
the green roof is made from an allergy medicine box.
I hope you'll try to make some houses. They are
easy enough for older kids to do and younger kids
can have someone else make the house and then
enjoy the painting and decorating.
Have fun with it!