How to Make a Paper House

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    It's easy and inexpensive to make a paper house. This craft activity allows children to use their imagination and creativity to design and color paper houses. It's a fun and detailed project that can keep them busy for hours on rainy or snowy days.

    Things You'll Need

    • Heavier grade printer paper such as card stock.
    • Printer
    • Tracing paper
    • Scissors
    • Clear tape
    • Clear cellophane
    • Glue
    • Ballpoint pen
    • Crayons or watercolor paint (optional)

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    Download a paper house template to your computer (see Resources below). Browse to the folder where you saved it. Double-click to open the template.

    Put paper in the printer. For best results, use heavier grade paper or print out the template and trace it onto heavier paper. Choose "File" from the menu and select "Print."

    Color the house with crayons or paint with watercolors. Color the roof as well.

    Add details like window and door frames, curtains, people, shrubs, flowers and signs. Cut out colored cellophane to fit windows. Apply glue around the edges and adhere to the inside of the windows.

    Use scissors to cut around the outline of the house and roof. Cut out windows and doors. Run a ballpoint pen along the fold and hinge lines.

    Fold the edges of the house and the tabs. Dab some glue on the tabs. Hold the tabs in place until the glue sets.

    Bend the roof along the center and add it to the top of the house.