|Written by Howard Lamey (with a little help from Paul Race)|
for Big Indoor Trains™ and LittleGlitterhouses.com.
Note from Editor: Howard Lamey, in Jacksonville, Florida, has retired from a full-time job in advertising that included designing window displays for a major retailer. Now he has turned those artistic talents to designing and building vintage-style cardboard buildings for his family and friends. Howard now has his own site, LittleGlitterHouses.com, but he continues to graciously share his craft knowledge with our readers.
Building the Peach Cottage Beach HouseThis project is a followup to our Sandy Shores™ Lighthouse and Twin Peaks structures that were published in January and March, 2009. We have finished this house in "seaside" colors that are typical of seaside houses in many parts of the United States. If you like the shape, of course, you are certainly welcome to use other colors and refinish it for a Halloween or Christmas village. If you do make one, please send us photos - seeing our projects get used is our best reward for providing them.
What You Will NeedFirst of all, you need cardboard, such as that from cereal boxes, the backs of writing tablets, anything flat, firm and clean, that you can save. Please keep some corrogated cardboard on hand, too - it makes the best bases.
In addition, for this project you'll need:
Note: Our article on What You Need to Build Glitterhouses lists many other materials and tools that will help you work more quickly and effectively.
Printing the Plans
Double-click on the plans above to see the large versions. You should be able to print the big version at the size you need either of the following ways.
If neither of those work, contact Paul and ask him for help - that's his department. :-)
Building the BaseThe base is a rectangular "box" that is decorated before the house and doghouse are installed. For this project, it should be about 6" long, 3 3/4" wide, and about 1/2" high.
Cut And Glue The Base - Usually the best method is to make a base from layers of corrugated cardboard glued together in a sandwich. You then wrap and glue a strip of thin poster-board or cereal-box cardboard all around it to camouflage the rough edges of the corrugated cardboard.
Wrap the Base - When the base is built, you then cover it with white bond paper just like you would wrap a gift, except that all surfaces of the paper cover must be glued down to the box. A glue stick works great for this.
Note: For this project I also added a sub-base for the house. This is a rectangle of thick corrugated cardboard that fit just inside the bottom edge of those structure (you'll need to trim it to fit). It gives the structure more strength, and provides more area to hold glue when you are gluing the structure to the base. In the photo further down, you can see that I glued the house's sub-base to the base before I painted the base. Later, I glued the house down around it. I also cut a hole in the middle of the sub-base to keep the C-6 or C-7 light bulb from being too close to the cardboard.
Note: More details about building bases are provided in our article: Building Glitterhouse Bases
Building the Fence and Porch Foundation
The porch's foundation is made from two or three layers of corrugated cardboard. Notch them to fit the wood stock that you will be using for your porch roof supports. After you've attached the supports, cover the front and both sides of the foundation with the specialized card stock.
If you wish, you may use different materials for the fence, including miniature wooden picket or snow fence from the craft store or a rustic rail fence you make from twigs.
When the glue on the base has dried, try the fence pieces and porch foundation on the base for a fit, but don't glue them down until you've tried the house pieces on for a fit as well.
Prepping the Structure PiecesThe house, roof, chimney, and chimney cap need to be cut from thick cardboard, such as the cardboard from the back of a writing tablet. The roofs could be made of picture frame matte board
Assembling and Painting the House
ConclusionYou can see that, when you get to the gluing, painting, and sanding stages, there's a lot of "hurry up and wait." That's one reason many people who build modern putz house recreations work on two or three houses at the same time - you can work on the second house while the glue is setting on the first one, and so on.
Also, if you have a similar project you'd like to share with your fellow readers and hobbyists, we'd love to add it to our site, and we'll be sure to give you full credit for your contribution.
Reader FeedbackBlogger and crafter Rhonda C. writes:
Rhonda has also posted detailed photographs of her process for making a Christmas glitterhouse based on one of Howard Lamey's beach house patterns. If you have trouble visualizing exactly what it looks like to have the cardboard and everything laid out while you're working on it, this is a great resource. Thanks, Rhonda.
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