How to Make a Model Tudor House Out of Cardboard

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The Tudor style of home is a popular choice throughout America. The architectural style's roots are in early England and a two-story Tudor-style home usually features half-timbers and steep rooflines. Cardboard shoeboxes are the perfect building material for a model Tudor house, which will make a terrific dollhouse for some new or old-fashioned dolls. A trip to the library for a book on Tudor architecture could inspire you to add extra features onto the cardboard dollhouse.

Things You'll Need

  • Two cardboard shoeboxes
  • Poster board
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Poster paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Electrical tape
  • Brown air-dry clay
  • Toothpick
  • Glue
  • Stack the two shoeboxes on top of each other, lengthwise, with the open sides facing away from you.

  • Attach the shoeboxes together securely with the masking tape.

  • Cut a piece of poster board to the length of the shoebox, plus six inches, and the width of the side of the shoebox.

  • Fold the poster board in half. Unfold the poster board and tape it to the top of the top shoebox to create a peaked roof.

  • Measure the triangular opening of the roof peak, from the top of the roof to the top of the house and the width of the house. Cut a piece of poster board to fit over the front peak opening. Tape it to the roof.

  • Paint the dollhouse white. Paint the roof dark brown and use a lighter color of paint to create square shingles on the roof. Let all paint dry thoroughly.

  • Paint a door and windows onto the dollhouse.

  • Create a vertical striped pattern of half-timbers on the upper half of the dollhouse with the electrical tape.

  • Form a 2-inch square with the clay. While the clay is soft, press it into the peak to create a chimney. Remove the clay and add brick lines to the chimney with a toothpick. Let the clay dry and re-attach the chimney to the roof with glue.

  • Form a 1-by-1-by-2-inch rectangle with the clay to fit over the front door as an awning. Let the clay dry and attach it over the top of the door with glue.

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