How to Make a Paper House—a Craft for Kids
Making a Paper House
This is a paper craft which is close to my heart. I learned it when I was just 12 years old from my father who presently is a retired art teacher. It is very easy to make and it amazes anyone who sees it.
An important thing about this craft is that the materials required for making it is easily available in your cupboard. There is no need to purchase any specific products from the market to make it. Kids can have lot of fun making paper houses. It will help them to develop their skills and imagination.
This craft is suitable to design miniature houses for school projects and exhibition. I used it once in an exhibition for disaster management and it got a lot of appreciation.
Paper houses can be also used as decoration. You can keep it in your showcase and see how your friends like it. Some of my friends call it the "house inside a house."
It can also be used as a gift. You can present it along with the birthday greeting card or with other gifts, adding an impression to your birthday present.
- A thick sheet of paper: I used the paper of an ordinary packaging box (see video). You can also use art paper, but keep it in mind that you need to fold the art paper in order to make the house. So if it is too thick, you will find it difficult to make simple folds while if it is too thin then you will face difficulty to keep the house in position from standing straight.
- A pair of scissors.
- Glue. I recommend using a quick drying glue for this craft.
- Red pen, coloured markers, pencil, ruler.
- A shiny plastic wrapper—I used the plastic packet of a biscuit whose inner side was shiny.
Step by Step Instructions on How to Make a Paper House:
Step 1—Cut the thick paper in the size of 4cm by 27 cm(1.57 by 10.63 inches) in order to get a rectangular sheet.
Step 2—You can either colour the paper or paste another white paper over it using glue. This will help you to make designs over the thick paper.
Step 3—Next, design the walls of the house by folding the paper.
Step 4—Design windows and doors of your house.
You can make windows and doors that open for your paper house. For this, you need to cut the door using the scissor.
Step 5—Paste the paper with glue. Arrange a base for the house.
Step 6—Make a tin roof for your paper house using a shiny plastic wrapper.
Did you know that you can make a house out of paper before? (voting won't cost you a penny)
Some Facts About Houses:
1. Architects, interior designers, and exhibit designers use miniature building models as an efficient design tool for understanding the three-dimensional structure space or form.
2. The use of fired bricks for making houses has been done since around 5000 B.C.
3. On 200 B.C. the Great Wall of China was built using 8 million bricks!
4. Brass doorknobs disinfect themselves. The ions in the metal have a toxic effect on spores, fungi, viruses, and other germs, eliminating the infections within eight hours.
5. In Scotland, house owners paint their front door red when they pay off their mortgage.
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