How to Make Houses Out of Modeling Clay

A rolling pin helps create a modeling clay house.
A rolling pin helps create a modeling clay house. (Image: Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Modeling clay is a pliable material that can be formed into almost any shape and does not harden. It is the perfect art material to spur creativity in children and adults. Modeling clay is available in a wide variety of colors and can be used over and over again. An entire village of tiny houses could be made from an afternoon modeling clay craft session with young children.

Things You'll Need

  • Four-color earth-tone modeling clay set
  • Rolling pin
  • Ruler
  • Plastic knife

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Roll one light color of modeling clay into a large ball.

Flatten the clay into a piece that is 1/2-inch thick with the rolling pin. Cut out four squares, each measuring two inches, with a plastic knife.

Cut out a small door and windows in one of the squares.

Attach the squares together at right angles to make the front, back and sides of the house by pressing the clay pieces against each other gently.

Cut out two triangles, each two-inches wide and one-inch high. Attach the triangles above the front and back sides of the house.

Roll a ball of dark-colored clay and flatten it with the rolling pin to a 1/2-inch thickness. Cut out two squares, each measuring 2-1/2 inches, and attach them to the house for a roof.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make additional houses of varying sizes with the remaining colors of the modeling clay.


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  • “365 Things To Make and Do”; Vivienne Bolton; 2003
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