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Tiny Paper Houses

In 2008 I ran away from London to move to Ulverston, a small town south of the Lake District in Cumbria. There are lots of things I love about our little town, but one thing that everyone comments on when they visit is how many of the houses are painted bright colours. This makes it look like quite a happy place to live, even though it rains a lot of the time!

Inspired by these houses one day I made a tiny house out of paper, which I’d like to share today. They have no practical use whatsoever, but they make me really happy as I have a massive soft spot for miniature things. When I was going through my old tutorials something about making tiny homes seemed to connect to what many of us are going through at the moment, with home being a place that feels safe like never before. #stayhome

For these houses you can use any paper. It could be a good use for any pretty wrapping paper you have stashed away after Christmas. It just needs to be strong enough to hold the shape, and thin enough to fold easily as they are quite fiddly to make.

First download my ‘Tiny House Template’ below:

Make sure your printer is set to print at 100% scale. Print onto thin card or thick paper and cut out the pieces to use as the templates for your houses.

Tip: If you want to make a shorter house, just draw around the bottom half, then move the template a few millimeters lower and draw around the top half. If you want to make bigger or smaller houses just change the scale when printing.

Your printed template should look like this:

Because this tutorial has so many little steps I thought it would be better to put it up in a few different stages. Each stage can be clicked on to take you a higher resolution image, and you can right click on these to save them to your computer if you want to be able to zoom in more. Apologise for the fact that I have never had a manicure in my life!

I think the houses look lovely without chimneys, but I admit they do look a bit like beach huts. Now I should warn you, the chimneys are really tiny and fiddly, but if you’d like to make them the tutorial is below.

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Please decide for yourself if your child is old enough for the activity and supervise them while creating. I just enjoy sharing creative ideas for people of all ages 🙂

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