Wednesday, November 28, 2007

how the paper houses are made...

Hello, friends. Want to know how I made the houses?

I used scrapbook paper and cut the shapes out freehand...a rectangle for the house bottom, a triangle for the roof, a small rectangle for the door, squares for the windows, etc. I glued all of the small pieces to the house base (house bottom + roof) using a glue stick. Once all the pieces were secure, I outlined the bits using a charcoal pencil. I sprayed a fixative to seal the charcoal (otherwise it smears everywhere and makes a big mess). Then I put the whole house through my Xyron sticker maker using a repositionable cartridge. That way they are easily moved around or even removed, if need be.

I stuck them to the wall and Ta-DaH!

This is definitely a project the children can help with. I used lots of different papers but I especially love the Small Wonders collection from Brenda Walton. This is a great way to use up scraps, too.

Another idea is to make the doors and shutters openable and put real pictures in the doors and windows.

11 comments:

Missy said...

Can you come decorate my kid's room when you're done? LOL! I LOVE THIS!!!

charlotte said...

o, so exciting and sweet, Amy! what child wouldn't love having a place in your cozy room in your happy house! with you and Rich...perfect!! we must continue with those plans we talked about...can't wait to help. xoC

FrenchGardenHouse said...

oh my, what a lot of love and care you and Rich are putting into the room for the children God will send your way! Just lovely.

Makes me smile just to peek in.
xo Lidy

Lisa said...

I am feelin the love. What a sweet and homey room you have put together for your future foster children. I just think you are the best!!

Runspud said...

Love the houses on the walls...but that had me reading backwards a bit to find out what was going on exactly....Foster Parents....yipee!!!! So very excited for you..and so very very excited for the child/children that will find themselves in your beautifully warm home and heart. Very lucky indeed! I bought my first house from you at vendor night at Silver Bella...and we passed a few times at the hotel in the morning getting coffee and breakfast. Not wanting to intrude your peaceful moments in the morning i refrained from bombarding you with questions and comments about your talents :-) but I do admire your work greatly. Anyway..back to the goodness coming your way in the form of little ones...no-i don't know you personally...but i KNOW ,,, I know so strongly,,,that your gift of generosity to someone that needs a safe home will bring great hope and comfort and confidence to whomever sleeps in that darling room. Wish you the best of everything in this journey.

Sarah

lainakay said...

Oh, oh, oh soooo cute! I want to decorate it with you. The colors are so fun. I can't wait to see what you get at Ikea!

Raised In Cotton said...

Oh my goodness Amy! I can see another career opening up for you as a designer for Children's rooms!

Blessings:)
Carol

Diane said...

the room is looking great. Can't wait to see it with furniture, bedding, etc.

deb said...

I wondered if it was scrapbooking papers - what a fabulous idea! Thanks for the how-to!

Shabby Cottage Boutique said...

Loove your fairy blog..I posted on mine.Denise

Babelfish said...

Thank you for sharing, this is fabulous.