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.
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.
Place two rows of stones on the entire chalk outline.
Mix 1 cup of cement mortar with water in a bowl until the mortar is the consistency of pudding.
Add two more rows of stones on top of the first two rows, attaching the stones with a small amount of cement mortar.
Cut a 2-inch by 6-inch piece of corrugated cardboard and insert it in the doorway.
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.
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.
Paint the roof black and let it dry.
When the mortar has set for 24 hours, remove the cardboard from the doorway and window to leave openings.
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- Add a chimney to the house with stones, if desired.