How to make a model house out of match sticks

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How to make a model house out of match sticks
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Building a model house out of match sticks might sound complicated, but you can accomplish this without using glue or tape. You don't need any traditional model building materials to build a match stick house. You can make a simple match stick house by creating interlocking rows of matches.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • 7 boxes of 2-inch match sticks
  • Quarter
  • CD case

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Instructions

    Building The Base

  1. 1

    Place your CD case on a flat surface. Place two matches parallel on the CD case, approximately one match length away from each other. Make certain that the tips are facing the same way in each step.

  2. 2

    Space eight matches evenly on top of the two parallel matches.

  3. 3

    Add a layer of eight evenly spaced matches perpendicular to the previous layer of matches.

    Building The Walls

  1. 1

    Place two matches parallel to each other, perpendicular to the top of the base. The matches should be at the outermost edge of the base. The tips of the matches should point in opposite directions.

  2. 2

    Build your wall eight matches high, alternating two parallel matches to sit perpendicular on top of the previous layer. Place the parallel match tips opposite each other in each row. Maintain the direction of the tips as you build each row.

  3. 3

    Space eight matches evenly on top of the two parallel matches. The match tips will face the opposite way of the base tips.

    Finishing The First Level

  1. 1

    Place six matches close together perpendicular to the top layer, with the tips all facing in the same direction. Place four more matches perpendicular to the previous layer. Place your quarter on top, in the middle.

  2. 2

    Insert a match vertically, with the tip facing towards the ceiling, into the match house at one of the corners. Push the match through the open space between the base matches. Repeat step for all four corners of the match stick house.

  3. 3

    Separate your top six matches one at a time, inserting a match stick vertically between them. Repeat the step until you have filled the perimeter of the top layer. Be sure to push the match sticks through the hole in the base.

  4. 4

    Use the non-tipped end of a match stick to remove the quarter from the middle.

  5. 5

    Lift the match stick house from the CD case and push the top layer of matches down further. The end of the match stick should now be poking out of the base at the bottom. Flip the match stick house over, and place the house with the untipped end of the match sticks facing up.

  6. 6

    Reinforce the walls by adding a row of vertical and horizontal matches interlocking on the outside of each wall. Repeat until you have reinforced all four walls. Be sure the vertical match tips are facing toward the ceiling.

    Building The Roof

  1. 1

    Insert a match vertically, with the tip facing toward the ceiling, in the remaining open corner of the house. Do the same for all four corners.

  2. 2

    Pull all of the top layer of matches out halfway.

  3. 3

    Place two matches on top of each other, tips facing opposite directions, and place them perpendicular to the top layer of matches at the farthest left slot of the top of the match house. Repeat the step on the farthest right slot of the match house.

  4. 4

    Place four matches on top of each other, tips facing opposite directions, and place them perpendicular to the top layer of matches at the second farthest left slot of the top of the match house. Repeat the step on the second farthest right slot of the match house.

  5. 5

    Repeat by increasing the number of matches by two as you get close to the centre. Create the final piece of the roof by placing matches perpendicular to the top layer of matches with the tips towards the middle, alternating matches on each side.

Tips and warnings

  • Handle your model house with caution. Keep your match stick house out of reach of children.

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