This is the cutest little size! Here it is with a quarter for scale.
The front of the house is the wall I added. I made a small wooden door that opens up to reveal Little Red and that Big Bad Wolf, posing as Grandma. Watch out, Lil' Red!
Back of the house, with a vine growing up the wall:
I learned a lot while making this house, so I wrote up a tutorial on making the stones and the shingles.
First, decorate the interior using scrapbook paper. It's hard to see now that all four walls are up, but I'm planning to put a battery operated tea light candle inside to light it up, and then Grandma's lovely wallpaper will be more visible. When covering the inside walls, make sure you don't put any paper where you'll need to glue; keep those tabs clean, or the house will not fit together well.
Next, paint the exterior. You don't have to have an even coat for this, as only a bit of the paint will show through as grout. Do make sure the mullions in the windows are painted nicely, though, as they will show.
Make your stones using the inside top of a cardboard egg carton. Brush on some ink and dry brush on some paint to get a mottled color and cover any words or graphics. As you can see, I didn't fully cover mine; some of the type will look just like part of the stone when cut out. Once the stones are on the house, you can use your dry brush with paint to dab out any areas that are obviously parts of words.
Assemble the walls, and start adding stones. I cut smaller, more uniform stones to go around the windows and door, and then filled in with larger stones. Clip any sharp corners so the stones look more organic. Cutting out and setting the stones was by far the most time-consuming part of this project. I now have a new-found respect for masons. Make sure when you cover the corners of the house that you wrap the stones around. You don't want that hard edge to show! The stones attach easily with white glue; I used Aleene's Tacky Glue for this project.
The roof shingles made of sandpaper and also adhered with white glue. I used a black ink pad to edge one side of a strip, and then cut several rectangles of approximately the same size. Start in the center of your bottom row and work outwards, and then stack the remaining rows, being sure to stagger the seams. Leave each row overlapping the edge of the roof, and trim to fit using small scissors once the roof is fully covered.
It always happens when I write up a tutorial: I take more photos than necessary at the beginning, and then get so involved with the project that I forget to take any during the end. This time was no exception. After I finished the roof of the three walled kit, I decided to add the fourth wall with a door. I had to remove all the stones on the sides of the walls adjoining the new wall so I could replace them with stones that wrapped the corners. I was not happy about that, but I'm glad I did it because it really does make a difference. (I know this because I originally thought I could get away with replacing only a couple of stones on each side. I was wrong about that.)
The door is a thin piece of wood I found in my husband's workshop and cut to size. The hinges and knocker came from Alpha Stamps and were altered to look like iron. Once the wall was done and the door was in place (the hinges were glued on with E6000), I used white glue to attach some moss around the bottom and some vines growing up the sides. The house seemed like it needed just one more little something, so I gave it an address: Number 8. Grandma's house.
For supplies, and to see this month's art kit, head on over to Alpha Stamps!