Here is something to do on a rainy day [if you're living in Melbourne this can happen any moment; if you're living in Darwin you can set your clock by it at 4 PM.]. It is a papercraft doll house.
Yesterday I set to it with my paper supplies and two empty tissue boxes and worked over a two hour period [ taking into consideration the lunch break]. The result was a homemade doll house. It is Gwen's first doll house and it is pretty neat I must say. I had such a fun time making the house.
When I was a little girl I used to this sort of thing - just crafting stuff with paper, scissors and an entire roll of sticky tape. It felt good to get back into that child-like creative space, of not following set instructions and just letting the project develop itself naturally.
You can use the following photos [which document my doll house construction process] to make your own doll house. All you need are two tissue boxes [or as many as you wish], paper, card, textas and pencils, scissors, sticky tape, ruler and paint. This sounds like a lot, but you can simply use any scrap paper or card you have about your house. Think green! For instance, to make the roofline you could use last year's Chrismas cards.
|Cut off the top/lid of the tissue box.|
|Tape together the two tissue boxes.|
Stick down trimmed paper for the floor and ceilings.
|Draw on to trimmed paper some wall details.|
There are three walls per room/tissue box.
Use a ruler to get an estimate of how much to trim the paper.
Colour in the wall details.
|Stick the wall details into the tissue box.|
Fold scrap card in half and tape to the top tissue box,
creating a triangular roofline.
|Still looking good.|
|Cut a triangle piece of paper/card same size as the roof,|
and glue to the back, thus creating an attic.
|Now you can paint the exterior of the house.|
If you have a variety of paints, try something creative
with extra details - windows, doors, flowerbeds.
|With your left over card do some cutting and folding|
and you've got some basic furniture - like
a bed or a table.
|Oh! And don't forget some little paper people|
to live in the lovely paper house.
|Tah-dah! She loves it.|
Drop me a line if you try this rainy day papercraft project. I'd love to see how it went.