How to make a model Tudor house out of cardboard

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How to make a model Tudor house out of cardboard
Make a simple model of a Tudor house from cardboard shoeboxes. (shakepeares mothers home image by david hughes from

The Tudor style of home is a popular choice throughout Britain. The architectural style's roots are in early England and a two-story Tudor-style home usually features half-timbers and steep rooflines. Cardboard shoeboxes are the perfect building material for a model Tudor house, which will make a terrific dollhouse for some new or old-fashioned dolls. A trip to the library for a book on Tudor architecture could inspire you to add extra features onto the cardboard dollhouse.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Stack the two shoeboxes on top of each other, lengthwise, with the open sides facing away from you.

  2. 2

    Attach the shoeboxes together securely with the masking tape.

  3. 3

    Cut a piece of poster board to the length of the shoebox, plus 15 cm (6 inches), and the width of the side of the shoebox.

  4. 4

    Fold the poster board in half. Unfold the poster board and tape it to the top of the top shoebox to create a peaked roof.

  5. 5

    Measure the triangular opening of the roof peak, from the top of the roof to the top of the house and the width of the house. Cut a piece of poster board to fit over the front peak opening. Tape it to the roof.

  6. 6

    Paint the dollhouse white. Paint the roof dark brown and use a lighter colour of paint to create square shingles on the roof. Let all paint dry thoroughly.

  7. 7

    Paint a door and windows onto the dollhouse.

  8. 8

    Create a vertical striped pattern of half-timbers on the upper half of the dollhouse with the electrical tape.

  9. 9

    Form a 5 cm (2 inch) square with the clay. While the clay is soft, press it into the peak to create a chimney. Remove the clay and add brick lines to the chimney with a toothpick. Let the clay dry and reattach the chimney to the roof with glue.

  10. 10

    Form a 2.5 x 2.5 x 5 cm (1 x 1 x 2 inch) rectangle with the clay to fit over the front door as an awning. Let the clay dry and attach it over the top of the door with glue.

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