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How to Make a Paper & Cardboard Roman Catholic Church

Typical Roman Catholic Churchs are built with one or more steeples. The grandiose size of the church is best represented by creating a model with a steep roof on both the church and the steeple. A gold cross is normally positioned on top of the church steeple. Make a model of a Roman Catholic Church from a shoebox, crisp container and construction paper. The process takes approximately one hour from start to finish.

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  1. Remove the top from the shoebox. Cover the four sides with construction paper. Place a piece of construction paper on a flat work surface. Turn the shoebox so a long side is directly on top of the construction paper. Trace around the shoebox. Cut the construction paper on the lines. Glue it to the side of the box. Repeat the process with the remaining three sides.

  2. Place two pieces of brown construction paper side-by-side so the long edges are together. Tape along the long edge. Flip the construction paper over so the tape is on the bottom. Fold the two pieces of construction paper along the taped edge to form an upside-down V. Place the upside-down V over the opening on the shoebox to create the roof. Tape the upside-down V in place along the two long edges of the shoebox.

  3. Measure the length of the narrow edge of the shoebox. Measure the height of the roof from the top edge of the shoebox. Make two triangles using these measurements. Position one triangle on each short end of the shoebox, matching the point to the roof's peak. Tape the triangles into place.

  4. Wrap and cover the crisp can with construction paper. Secure the construction paper with tape.

  5. Draw an 8-inch circle on a piece of brown construction paper with a compass. Mark the centre point of the circle with a pencil. Draw a straight line from the centre of the 8-inch circle to the edge. Draw a second straight line from the centre mark to the outside edge approximately 1/3 of the way around the circle. Cut out the circle and the pie shaped piece with scissors.

  6. Overlap the two edges that make the pie shape on the circle. Tape the edges together. A cone shape is formed. This is the roof to the steeple.

  7. Turn the cone upside-down so the point is on top. Place the round opening over the top of the crisp can. Tape into place.

  8. Position the steeple in the centre of the Roman Catholic Church's front. Squeeze a line of hot glue on the box portion of the church. Immediately push the two pieces together.

  9. Draw a door and windows on the Roman Catholic Church in the desired locations. Use coloured pencils or coloured markers to make the stain glass windows.

  10. Draw a 2-inch cross on a piece of yellow construction paper. Draw a 1/2-inch-by-2-inch rectangle. Position the ruler perpendicular to the rectangle, placing it 1/2-inch from one end. Draw a second 1/2-inch-by-2-inch rectangle across the centre of the original rectangle to form the arms of the cross. Cut the cross from the construction paper.

  11. Erase the lines on the centre of the cross. Turn the cross over so the erase marks are on the back. Place the cross at the top of the steeple so the arms are on the horizontal plain. Tape the bottom of the cross to the peak of the steeple.

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Things You'll Need

  • Shoebox
  • Round crisp container
  • Construction paper
  • Ruler
  • Compass
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Colour pencils or markers

About the Author

Kim Blakesley is a home remodeling business owner, former art/business teacher and school principal. She began her writing and photography career in 2008. Blakesley's education, fine arts, remodeling, green living, and arts and crafts articles have appeared on numerous websites, including DeWalt Tools, as well as in "Farm Journal" and "Pro Farmer."

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