How to Make 3D Buildings for Elementary Projects

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Things You'll Need

  • Small boxes

  • Newspaper

  • Tape

  • Pencil

  • Cardstock paper

  • Craft glue

  • Cardboard

  • Scissors

  • Poster paint

  • Paintbrushes

Kids can easily make building models from paper.

Some schools require children to create 3D models of buildings for history or social studies projects. One of the best materials to use to craft 3D models of buildings is small cardboard boxes or cardstock paper. You can use boxes to create nearly any shape of box imaginable, from small huts to large church buildings. Use your imagination in mixing boxes of different shapes and sizes to create nearly any type of building.


Step 1

Plan the style of building necessary for the project. The style of the building will change how the building is made.

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Step 2

Fill the boxes with newspaper. Tape all box flaps closed.

Step 3

Arrange the boxes into the desired shape. Use tape to hold multiple boxes together. You can also draw the outline of each wall shape onto paper. Add tabs to each side of each piece. Glue the tabs together to create a 3D shape.

Step 4

Arrange the buildings onto a large piece of cardboard. Glue the buildings to the cardboard with craft glue.

Step 5

Cut out rectangles from cardstock to make roofs for each building. You can also fold larger pieces of paper into a roof shape. Look at pictures of real buildings for design inspiration. Glue the roofs to the top of the buildings.

Step 6

Paint the buildings with poster paint. Add details with small brushes. Allow the paint to dry for 2 hours.


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