This clever little house requires only simple craft supplies you probably have around the house. Teach elementary school children how to make this house, and they can create a whole village for their dolls and cars. A row of these houses sprinkled with glitter and nestled in artificial snow also makes a lovely holiday mantle decoration.
Things You'll Need
- 2 sheets construction paper, 6 inches by 18 inches
- White glue
- Scraps of construction paper
- Piece of poster board, 6 inches by 8 inches
Draw a pencil line 1/2 inch in from both long edges on one sheet of construction paper. Fold down 1/2 inch on one of the short edges of this paper. Fold this rectangle in half by bringing the other short edge to meet the fold. The small flap should be on the inside of the folded paper. Crease this fold.
Unfold the last fold and divide the resulting rectangle into fourths by folding both short edges in to meet at the crease in the center. You now have divided the paper into the four walls of the house and the 1/2-inch flaps on three sides which will hold it together. Cut out windows and doors with the scrap construction paper, and use it to decorate the walls of the house. Be sure to place the decorations on what will be the outside of the cube.
Cut along all four folds from the top edge to the line you drew at the top and from the bottom edge to the line you drew at the bottom. On the flap on the short edge cut along the lines from the edge to the fold. You will be cutting out a small rectangle at the top and bottom of the flap.
Fold all the top and bottom flaps in along the lines. Crease these folds. Be sure you make the folds so they will fold into the building in the same way the flap on the short edge folds into the building.
Shape the paper into an open ended cube and glue the flap on the short edge to the other short edge. Glue the flap inside the cube.
Fold in the flaps on the top and bottom of the building. The corners will overlap. Run white glue along all the bottom flaps, and glue the cube to a rectangle of poster board.
Fold the other piece of construction paper in half by bringing the short ends together. Crease this fold and unfold. Fold both short edges in to meet at the crease in the center of the paper. Crease these folds, and unfold.
Set the folded paper upright on the table and overlap the ends so that the top of the paper shape is an open triangle. Glue the overlapped sides together. This is the roof. Run a line of glue around the flaps on the top of the house, and glue on the top. The roof can face either direction.
Tips & Warnings
- Decorate the poster board base with markers. Draw on sidewalks, roads and landscaping.
- You may carefully cut out doors and windows instead of gluing them on.
- Photo Credit house image by Dragomir Rafajlovic from Fotolia.com
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