How to Make a Model of a House

How to Make a Model of a House

Hi everyone.

In this video, I'll show you how to make a model house.

So, this is what it will look like.

I'll show you how to make the door, windows siding and shingles, for the roof.

And the house in general So, to start, make a sketch of what the house will look like Start with the shape of the house and the roof.

and add in the door, windows, and other features.

You may want to draw the back of the house too.

So, I got my supplies and then cut out pieces of cardboard.

and taped them together using some clear tape.

Then, I mixed some paper mache together, using flour and water.

and ended up needing more flour.

When you dip paper into the mixture you should be picking up the flour and the water.

If it is too clear, you may need to add more flour and if it is too thick, you'll have to add more water.

So, stir it so that you get all the clumps of flour mixed into the water.

and I am just using a plastic spoon to mix it, which I can throw away later.

Now, I am dipping paper strips into the water, well, paper mache and then placing them against my house and pressing them down so they will stick and if they don't stick, your paper mache might need to be checked or you may need to dip the strips in longer because they need to absorb the paper mache a little bit so, just fold it around the house and tear it and anything else you need to do to get the right sized strips and cover it so that you don't see any of the cardboard and the add some more layers to strengthen the house make sure you cover the corners and the roof and the sides, covering the bottom is optional if no one is going to see it, so you should really worry about the sides and the roof so, I let that dry overnight and now I am measuring the side so I can make strips for my siding so, I measured in inches and I am going to make it slightly longer than it has to be I am making a dot two inches from the edge of my paper and making another dot so that I can make a straight line you could also measure in centimeters if you wanted to and now I am just connecting those little lines to make one big line now my strips are going to be half an inch thick.

If you are using centimeters I'd go for one centimeter.

Any smaller and your strips will be hard to deal with.

The two inch length depends on the size of your house, but the thickness is really just the average thickness of a strip.

So, now I am making a second one and then I'll cut them out.

then connect those dots to make a line and then I've got two strips once I cut them out.

By the way, I am using white construction paper to make the strips.

Now I have it on my table so that I can see the red lines and I am going to make a line that is going to divide them in half.

So, a fourth of an inch in or half a centimeter those aren't equal um.

Measurements, but they are about the same size.

Last time I made a house, I used centimeters and it worked.

So, I am just making a line dividing this one in half and then, I'll take my glue stick and add glue to the side where the lines are.

The reason I am using a glue stick is because it will dry faster.

Hot glue would be too dangerous because I am using my fingers to place them on the house and liquid glue would be really messy and take longer to dry, probably overnight.

So this just makes it faster using the glue stick.

So, now I am just going to pace it on the side of my house starting at the bottom and I'll work my way up, adding the strips.

So, now I'll put glue on the second strip on the side that has the lines and the lines will show through a little bit, but you'll see what I'll do.

So, now I am going to overlap it so that it is like halfway down the bottom edge of the second strip should line up with that red line in the center of the first one.

Now, I'll just add some more strips the same way, where they are overlaping and work my way up until I get to the top of that side.

I just want to add the siding to the side of the house and not the roof.

So, I'll cut out more strips.

Glue them on.

Overlap them and press them on.

And they will hang over the side.

I'll show you what I do with that later.

Right now, I am just going to add more strips until I cover that whole side.

So now I'm adding glue to that, near the edge of that and putting plenty of glue and then the extra part of my strips I am just folding over the edge and glueing them down so that they cover the edge of my house and then, because of the shape of the roof, I had to trim the top strip because it wasn't folding over and staying there.

That is the only side where that occurred.

And if they pop up again, you may need to add more glue underneath.

So, now I am going to measure the side of my house so that I can add strips to this side.

and, let's see, it is.

a little less than five inches long so, I'll just go with five inches.

And again, you could measure in centimeters if you wanted.

So, five inches from the edge of my paper, I'll make a little dot and then, do that again so that I have two dots five inches away from the edge of my paper and then I'll connect them and these strips will be half a centimeter thick Well, no, half an inch thick or one centimeter thick.

Depending on if you are using inches or centimeters.

Half an inch or one centimeter.

Now I am making a second strip and I put my zero mark on the edge of that first strip.

So, now I have two strips and, same as before, I have it down so that I can see the lines, the red lines, and I'll divide it the strip in half so one fourth of an inch from the edge, I'll make a dot and then make a line going all the way down.

and I'll do it to the other strip.

Just dividing it in half with a line.


Now I can add glue.

By the way, make sure you have a paper or something on your desk where you are glueing because I don't want to get the glue stick on the wood.

So, I'm just putting it on top of the extra construction paper while I glue it and the I'll place the strip against the bottom of the house and work my way up like I did on the other side.

When I place the strips on, it is a little more to the left than the edge of the house is.

So I just overlap the second strip so that the bottom edge of the second strip is lined up with that middle line of the first one, which does show through a tiny bit.

So, I am done that side and what I do is add glue like that and then I fold over the extra part of the strips just like that.

So now, for the last edge what I am doing is pulling up the siding from the first edge I did.

Adding glue against where the paper mache is make sure you get plenty of glue in there so that it doesn't pop up again.

And then, I am going to fold over the strips on the left.

Add glue on top of those and just place down the strips from that first side again.

And then, the siding sort of looks seamless.

Well, not really, but you don't know what side I started on if you were looking at the house.

and it covers the edges of the house that way too.

So now I have all the sides done and I'll start working on the shingles.

So, I'll measure the roof, which is usually slightly bigger than the side of the house, but I am still going to go with five inches and I am just using black construction for that and using a red pen really helps when you are using dark colored paper, especially black paper because if I was using a black or blue pen, it wouldn't probably show up neither would pencil and I'm not erasing the lines anyway so, I'm using a red pen so five inches from the edge of the paper, I'm making a dot and I made two of those dots and then I connect it to make a line and for the siding, I'm making strips just like I did well.



okay, for the shingles, I am making strips just like I did for the siding it is the same process where I have it half an inch wide and the other dimension depends on the size of my house.

So, I'll just connect that line and then I'll make a second strip, lining up my zero on the ruler with the edge of the first strip making it half an inch thick, making my line, and then I'll cut those out.

I made three strips to start with and the size of my house requires six strips in all but the number of strips will really depend on the size of your house.

Just like with the siding, I am dividing the shingles strips in half with a line that is a fourth of a centimeter from the edge which would be half of a half.

So, for the first strip, I am just adding glue to the side with the lines again, using the glue stick still starting at the bottom of the roof and it will hang over a little bit if I didn't make my roof straight, which in my case happened which is alright, It is better to have it hanging over a little bit, which makes your roof appear straight, then having some of the paper mache showing if it is too high So to make it into shingles instead of siding what I am going to do is place my ruler against that middle line and then, every half a centimeter in from the edge well, starting a half a centimeter from the edge I am making a line and the another little line next to it that only is like half the length of it, like that and then a half a centimeter from that I make two lines again and then half a centimeter from that I make two lnes and just keep doing that all the way down the strip half a centimeter two lines, half a centimeter two lines ek, centimeter, I keep saying centimeter? I mean inches.


If it was centimeters, I'd be going for one centimeter.

but I am using inches, so half an.

Inch So then, I'm just taking my scissors and cutting half way up the strip on those two little lines just like that and then, turn my scissors and cutting a little gap in the strip so, cut on the two little lines turn my scissors the other way and just cut that little piece off and I let it fall to my table and I will clean up those little pieces later so, I'll cut on all those little lines just cut on the two little lines, turn my scissors, cut it off do that all the way down the strip and I am only cutting halfway up the strip.

I don't want to cut my strip up into smaller pieces.

I am just cutting little gaps in it going halfway up and that's where that middle line really comes in handy now I am almost done I have three more, no two more so, I am cutting on those two little lines and if it is not exactly on the line where you cut it, it's alright it just has to be.

Keeping the gaps small.

You don't want it to have a huge gap but they don't all have to be uniform either unless that is what you are going for It still looks good if they are not all uniform.

So this one I added glue to and I am overlapping it with that first strip without, like, pulling it higher or anything it's just totally overlapping with it like that, and I glued it on so that I can't see the lines and then, I'll take my next strip which I am not gluing on yet, I am just holding it so that I can see the line and placing it against the house, not gluing it yet taking my red pen and in the middle of two gaps, or in this case, the edge of the strip I'm making a little line on the top half, and then another little line just like I did before, and make sure it is on the top half otherwise, when you flip it over, it won't get the same effect as that it will if you do it on the top half, so you are just doing it in the middle almost as if you are drawing bricks, you would kind of do the same thing where each layer has, like, a line in the middle of two other lines, like that.

And then, I am taking my scissors again and just cutting on those two little lines, and making another row of shingles I'll just cut it off turn the scissors cut it So, I added glue to this next strip and I am just going to line it up.

Even though the roof is a trapezoid, I am going to glue it on as if the roof is a rectangle.

And then, I am going to cut it off later, and I am just working my way up until I get to the top edge of that side of the roof, and when you glue it on you don't want to see, like, the paper mache in between those gaps, and make sure, if that happens, just pull it down a little more and make sure you flatten it all out So, now I am taking my scissors and cutting off that extra part of the shingles and I find that if I try to fold it over, because of the gaps, it just, like, that whole piece will rip so, if I cut it, it won't rip even though, with the siding, it will fold over without ripping.

So, I'll just cut it off and remember less is more.

Make sure you don't cut too much off and then regret it just cut little slivers of it off, and you can always go back and cut more, which is what I ended up doing just going back and cutting a tiny bit more off Now I did all four sides of the roof.

And what I did is I added strips in the on the sides of them, which I probably should have done before I added the shingles, but I didn't think I was going to, like, I had the idea after I put the shingles on and I also tried to do this, which is forget to fold it first which you should do before you put the glue on otherwise, you get glue all over your fingers so, fold it first, then glue and then I tried to put it on top of the shingles, which I decided did not look good so, I pulled it back off after I did all this straightening out and yeah, I ended up pulling it right back off and decided it looked better under the shingles, so probably should have put it on before the shingles but I didn't think of that, so if you're watching this, if you make the house,remember put this piece on first, and watch my entire video so you know what to do ; ) now I am making the door out of a black rectangle of construction paper and a red rectangle of construction paper and the red rectangle is slightly smaller than the black one so, I added glue to the red one, lining up the bottom edges and centering it the red piece with the black piece, and the rest of it, and straightening it out smoothing it out, and I'll add glue to the back of the door so I can attach it to the house, which is almost done!.

As soon as I add the windows.

after this so, I am just going to center it on the front of my house.

You could also add the door to the side or try other stuff, but I decided to place it in the middle and make it look like a cottage so, now for the windows I made a square of black construction paper, well cut it out, and then, I cut out this square of aluminum foil, of all things and.


Glued it on, which, in the aluminum foil, it's slightly smaller than the rectangle.

The reason I used aluminum foil is because I wanted something reflective, but not transparent and aluminum foil just really worked well It was like a house where you cannot see in through the windows.

But they still shine.

And that's what the house looked like.

but you already knew from the beginning of the video : ) and.

Here it is.

Oh yeah, and I added a strip of black construction paper to the top of the roof, so that you could not see the paper mache up there Hey, anyone going to let me in? No, because it is a tiny little house.


Yeah this will be great if you are making a diorama or just a model house.

and look at how that aluminum foil just, like, shines, and stuff, and the shingles and the siding just give it more texture than if you were just making the house and leaving it with paper mache.

It takes a little more time to do this, but it's actually pretty easy.

And there is the house.

Thanks for watching!.

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