How to make miniature stone houses

Written by linda shepard
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Miniature stone houses get their life via a construction method similar to the building of human-sized stone houses. It's very important to carefully select the stones for both versions. Look for small, smooth stones that resemble squashed-down marbles of a uniform size. The finished miniature stone house will be a charming addition to a Christmas village or will make a long-lasting miniature dollhouse. Constructing the stone house educates a child about basic masonry techniques.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Ruler
  • Slate flagstone
  • Chalk
  • 200 smooth rounded stones
  • 0.454kg. cement mortar
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • 1/4-inch plywood sheet
  • Table saw
  • Black paint
  • Paintbrush

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure and draw a 1-foot by 6-inch rectangle for a footprint of the stone house on the flagstone with chalk, leaving a 2-inch opening for a front door.

  2. 2

    Place two rows of stones on the entire chalk outline.

  3. 3

    Mix 1 cup of cement mortar with water in a bowl until the mortar is the consistency of pudding.

  4. 4

    Add two more rows of stones on top of the first two rows, attaching the stones with a small amount of cement mortar.

  5. 5

    Cut a 2-inch by 6-inch piece of corrugated cardboard and insert it in the doorway.

  6. 6

    Continue adding stones in rows and attaching them with mortar, building up the walls. Insert a 2-inch piece of corrugated cardboard in an appropriate spot for a window. Build the walls at the front and back of the house into triangular-shaped roof eaves.

  7. 7

    Measure and cut two pieces of plywood into 7-inch by 8-inch rectangles with the table saw. Attach the rectangles to the eaves with mortar to form the roof.

  8. 8

    Paint the roof black and let it dry.

  9. 9

    When the mortar has set for 24 hours, remove the cardboard from the doorway and window to leave openings.

Tips and warnings

  • Add a chimney to the house with stones, if desired.

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