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How to make houses out of modelling clay

Modelling clay is a pliable material that can be formed into almost any shape and does not harden. It is the perfect art material to spur creativity in children and adults. Modelling clay is available in a wide variety of colours and can be used over and over again. An entire village of tiny houses could be made from an afternoon modelling clay craft session with young children.

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  1. Roll one light colour of modelling clay into a large ball.

  2. Flatten the clay into a piece that is 12 mm (1/2 inch) thick with the rolling pin. Cut out four squares, each measuring 50 mm (2 inches), with a plastic knife.

  3. Cut out a small door and windows in one of the squares.

  4. Attach the squares together at right angles to make the front, back and sides of the house by pressing the clay pieces against each other gently.

  5. Cut out two triangles, each 50 mm (2 inches) wide and 25 mm (1 inch) high. Attach the triangles above the front and back sides of the house.

  6. Roll a ball of dark-coloured clay and flatten it with the rolling pin to a 12 mm (1/2 inch) thickness. Cut out two squares, each measuring 62 mm (2 1/2 inches), and attach them to the house for a roof.

  7. Tip

    Make additional houses of varying sizes with the remaining colours of the modelling clay.

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Things You'll Need

  • Four-colour earth-tone modelling clay set
  • Rolling pin
  • Ruler
  • Plastic knife

About the Author

Linda Shepard has been staff writer for "C & G Newspapers" for over 10 years, covering local government and crime and serving as the newspaper's food writer. She has written for "Michigan Meetings Magazine" and is also the owner of, an online business of self-guided walking tours.

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