...seen through a slightly smudged, secondhand pair of rose-tinted glasses

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Easy Paper Houses


If you've any colouring-in keenies, these should be right up your street! They're so simple and satisfying, and were the reason I picked up The Big Ideas Book in the first place (well that and Susan Stranks fetching 70's rainbow jumper)

I coloured in for hours on end when I was little and houses were a particular favourite. I liked drawing the rooms inside, inspired by the fun, detailed illustrations in Richard Scarry books - carefully putting everything I could possibly think of in my imaginary home.

I never made any like this though.

All you need is a sheet of paper, glue or sellotape and a ruler - I used thickish coloured paper, but whatever you've got will do.

Fold it in half lengthways


Open and fold both outside edges to the middle.


Open again, turn, and bend both the top and bottom ends this time - these should measure the same as the lengthways ones you've just done. I found the best way to do this, was to hold the ruler as I was folding, and crease when the fold was the right measurement.


Cut tabs at the top and bottom ends, as far as the crossways folds.


Cut out doors, windows and chimneys if you want. Turn over and stick the tabs that form the roof nice and snug with glue or sellotape, then the walls..


...checking it sits properly as you do it.


We decorated ours flat - after the cutting and before the sticking


and because it was too tempting, drew rooms on the back. My daughter loved this bit.


From houses to shops....and before we knew it, we had a small village! Didn't take long at all. And what about a school or a Post Office? You could also cut a pond shape out of card and cover with tin foil, or maybe make it more festive by adding a cone-shaped christmas tree.

Your paper supply's the limit...


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8 comments:

  1. Brilliant - I will definitely enjoy doing this with Pink - and Blue probably too. Can't tell you how much we LOVE Richard Scarry in this house. Mr Frumble's Worst Day Ever is a particular favourite, and anything with Bananas Gorilla...

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    1. They are the best!! Fantastic drawings and very funny. Lovely seeing the kids enjoy the earlier RS books as much as I did. Hope you have fun with the paper houses and the instructions are clear enough - let me know if they're not!

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  2. Ooh, I like this. I have a Christmas crafting mission (on my blog) and this could definitely fit in somewhere, with appropriate decorations drawn on or making it Santa's village or something! I'll be sure to link back to you if it makes the list!

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    1. Thanks Madeleine - I think a Santa's village would be perfect! So glad you like them.

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    2. Just to let you know - I put up my post about these - not quite as successful as I had hoped but I'll be giving them another go 'cause I love them!

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    3. Brilliant! Ours definitely improved the more we made ( we now have enough for a small town!) x

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  3. They are fantastic, I love the details! I might have a go at some of these to go with the train set.

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    1. That's a great idea! Think it would work really well - fun to make a station :)

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