How to build a paper house

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How to build a paper house
Model houses can be made of paper. (drawed house image by Mykola Velychko from

Building model houses, cars, aeroplanes and even figurines is a hobby for many people. Models are built out of many different materials, including plastic, metal, wood, cardboard and even paper. Building a paper house is a simple yet entertaining way of making model houses. The best thing about building houses out of paper is that it requires materials most people already have in their home.

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Things you need

  • One extra large sheet of construction paper (12 inch by 18 inch)
  • Pencil
  • Straight edge
  • Precision knife
  • Glue stick
  • Paint (optional)

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  1. 1

    Draw a rectangle 3 inches by 6 inches at one end of an extra large sheet of construction paper, at the centre, about four inches from the edge. Preferably the construction paper will be of the same colour you want your paper house to be. The construction paper should be at least 12 inches wide by 18 inches long. Use a pencil and a straight edge to draw the rectangle.

  2. 2

    Draw another rectangle using one of the 6-inch sides of the first rectangle as the base. This rectangle should also be 3 inches by 6 inches. Repeat this step on the opposite 6-inch edge.

  3. 3

    Draw a square using one of the 3-inch sides of the original rectangle as its base. The square should be 3 inches by 3 inches. Repeat this step on the opposite 3-inch edge.

  4. 4

    Draw a tab on either side of the outside rectangles. The tab should be the shape of a trapezoid and should stick out, away from the 3-inch sides of the rectangles about 1 inch. By now you should have three rectangles in a row with two squares sticking out of the centre rectangle. The two outside rectangles should have two tabs, one on each 3-inch side.

  5. 5

    Draw a window and door on one of the outside rectangles with the door touching the 6-inch side on the inside of the house (the centre rectangle). Using a precision knife, cut out the window completely and cut along three of the four sides of the door. The one side you don't cut will be the hinge of the door. This will be the front wall of your paper house.

  6. 6

    Using the outermost 6-inch line of the rectangle as the front wall, draw a final 6-inch-by-3-inch rectangle. This rectangle should share one 6-inch line with the front wall. On the 6-inch line not shared with the front wall draw another 1-inch trapezoid tab. Use the precision knife to cut out the entire shape of the house from the sheet of construction paper, including the tabs.

  7. 7

    Fold the paper house cutout. First fold the tabs up at the line. Try to make the fold exactly on the lines. Then fold the outside rectangles on the lines shared with the centre rectangle. Finally, fold the squares on the lines shared with the centre rectangle. Each of the shapes should be folded up, away from the surface you are working on, and toward the centre square.

  8. 8

    Apply glue to the tabs using a glue stick. When you fold the rectangles up and the squares up you'll get something that resembles the shape of a roofless house. The tabs should fit into the inside of the house touching the squares. Apply glue to the side of the tab that connects with the inside of the square to attach the rectangles to the squares.

  9. 9

    Fold the rectangle sticking up above the front wall of the house down toward the house and fold the tab in toward the house. Apply glue to the side of the tab that meets with the inside of the house and paste it. You should now have a paper house with a flat roof, a window and a door that opens. Paint the house if you would like.

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