Part Two – Mini House – by Teri Hanson © 2020
Welcome back! Now that you have finished creating your boxes we are going to add a cute decoration to the top! As the title suggests we are going home for the holidays to a darling little paper house! So gather up your supplies and let’s have some fun.
Materials . . .
- Large box – you should have this made up by now. If not, check out the Home for the Holiday Pt.1 post and create the large box. Or use some other 6″ square base.
- Base material for the house should be a thicker sturdy material such as Cricut Kraft Board, poster board or thinner cardboard. A cereal box or other cardboard container will work fine as well – as long as your machine can cut the material. I’m using a blue Glitter Cardstock.
- Cardstock for the bottom windows with shutters, dormer and front door. I’ve used a silver textured cardstock.
- Glitter cardstock for the roof and windows.
- Vellum for the windows
- Quick Drying Tacky Glue
Here is the glitter cardstock from Michael’s that I’ve used on this house . . .
Files available for Cricut, ScanNCut and Silhouette
Cutting Guide . . . the files should open in the correct size but you should always check them against the cutting guide in the included PDF file.
VIP Notes . . .
Duplicate the Roof file once uploaded to your machine software. Cut one with plain cardstock and the other with glitter cardstock. The plain cardstock roof should be glued on first, then the glitter cardstock roof should be glued on top. This is to keep the tabs from the house from showing through the roof once a tea light has been placed inside.
Hopefully you can tell from the image above how I’ve put the fence together. Each fence section includes: two fence panels glued back to back and two thin strips – one at the top and one at the bottom glued to the outside of the fence panel. The gate includes two pieces glued back to back and two thin strips glued on top of one side. The posts are folded and glued at the ends, one section glues on top of the other, then the smallest square is glued on top of the larger square and those are glued to the top of the post.
Construction . . .
- Cut all pieces out
- Glue vellum to back of walls
- Glue all windows, front door, dormer on
- Glue house together using the tab on one end
- Glue cardstock roof in place
- Glue second roof in place and trim cardstock roof if needed
Now you can place your house on top of the box and decorate the area around it if you choose to. Or make a base for the house that will simply sit on top of the box. If you notice, the house is easily stored inside the box! Great way to keep it from being damaged during the off-season.
Here’s a look at my house base . . .
The base is a rectangle cut from cardboard with glitter cardstock glued on top.
You can see that I’ve made up a paper walkway and glued the step from the files on top. I’ve then placed the house on the base and drawn a line around it as a guide for adding glitter snow like a drift around the house.
The glitter snow doesn’t have enough glitter for my taste so once dried I will paint a light cover of the Studio G glitter glue on top of all snow areas.
One final note . . . the bottle trees are from Amazon and they come with a wood circular base. I’ve covered the wood bases with the glitter snow and then a coat of glitter glue.
And remember that the pieces simply sit on top of the box so that they can be stored inside the box once the holiday has passed. You can always glue them all down if you prefer.
Here’s a look at my finished house and box top . . .
I hope you are enjoying these projects and that you’ll continue to create the remaining two projects.
Happy Holidays . . .