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So, the other day I was sitting around, trying to decide what to do after dinner. It’s that time of the day when I don’t really feel like starting any big projects, but it’s too early to watch something on Hulu. I have absolutely no recollection of my thought process on this evening, but I grabbed a piece of white card and drew a house. The next day, I cut it out and assembled it, and I made a second one the day after that.
I guess part of the reason I had houses on the brain was because my gingerbread houses didn’t live up to last year’s. The instructions called for too much water in the icing mix, and all my nice details wound up slowly migrating downwards before they dried. Disappointing.
But I’m totally, immodestly in love with my little paper houses, and I can see making quite a few more in the near future. In fact, while I was in the process of drawing the third house, I stopped before I cut it out and scanned it in — so I could share it with you!
You can download a PDF of the house here (right-click and ‘save as’). [And because I’m in a giving mood (and it was easy), here’s a blank version if you want to draw your own design] You’ll want to print it out on a letter-sized piece of card. My printer has a ‘borderless printing’ option, which means I was able to print the PDF out the same size I drew it, but you can also ‘fit to paper’ when you print — it’ll just be a bit smaller than the original.
And here are some instructions, although assembly is pretty easy.
1. You’ll see that the PDF has light grey lines to indicate folds and darker grey for cut edges. I find that it’s easiest to lightly score all the folds BEFORE cutting the pieces out — less fiddly. In addition to the marked folds, you should score the corner edges of the house piece and the peak of the roof piece. Also score along the edges of the roof where the icicles hang down. I didn’t put lines along these folds because they would have been visible in the finished product.
2. After scoring, cut out your pieces. For pieces not marked with cutting lines (the roof and fence edges), cut as close to the drawn line as possible. You can see how I did this in the image. I’ve found that it’s easier to fold down the icicle edges BEFORE you cut out the icicles (cutting around those is by far the most tedious part of the process).
3. After all pieces have been cut out, fold all edges and tabs. Folding everything before you start gluing makes things a lot easier.
1. Put glue on the tab along the side of the house and attach to the appropriate wall. (The tab goes INSIDE the house, so it’s not visible.) I use Aleene’s Tacky Glue for most paper projects. You don’t want to use much, or it’ll take longer to dry and could make the paper ripple.
2. Put glue on the three tabs at the bottom of the house and then fold up the floor flap.
3. Put glue on the six tabs along the roof of the house. Placing the peak of house in the fold of the roof, make sure the house is centered on the roof (front to back) and then attach. This part can take a bit of fussing, because a wonky roof can skew the house.
4. The fence: If you want, you can cut along the right edge of the gate and along the fold at the bottom, so it’ll open and close. Then just put glue on each of the four tabs and attach the corners.
5. Put glue on the base of the house and place it inside the fence. You’re finished!
Not too hard, right? But so cute. If you like, you could skip that last step and instead use a needle to pierce holes near the peak of the roof. Then you can thread an ornament hanger through and hang it on your tree! Or garland! Or spider plant!
My houses are all black and white, because I like how that looks, but you should feel free to colour yours in however you choose! Just remember to do that before you start folding. I would really love to see everybody’s houses, so please leave a link in the comments or add your photo to my flickr group.
Lastly, feel free to tell whoever you like about this pattern, but please direct them to twelve22 and this blog post. Redistribution of the pattern is not allowed. Thanks!