Design for Kids: Paper Houses

If you didn’t know it, I’m an architect, so of course making Paper Houses has topped my must-make list for some time!  Today’s tutorial is for 3-D paper model houses and I’ve got 3 templates for you to choose from, including a modern version. You didn’t think this modernist at heart would forget a Le Corbusier style model did you?

Paper Craft for Kids: 3 Downloadable PAPER HOUSES you can print, cut, and decorate!Paper Craft for Kids: 3 Downloadable PAPER HOUSES you can print, cut, and decorate!

In architectural and art school I LOVED making models. In fact you could call me a bit of a model nut. I’m not so good with sketching but give me an X-Acto and some chipboard and let the fun begin!

Today’s project involves a lot of cutting and folding and is perfect for school aged kids. If you have a little one, they can decorate the house and then have an adult assist them with the cutting, folding and taping.

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Paper Houses

Materials

Design for Kids: Paper Houses BABBLE DABBLE DO

PRINT TEMPLATE HERE

Instructions

Tip: I suggest making a plain sample model first so kids can understand what each surface is (floor, roof, wall, etc) and having that to reference while they decorate their house.

  • Step One Download and print out your templates on card stock.
  • Step Two Decorate the house while the template is uncut and flat.

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  • Step Three Using scissors, cut your template along the solid lines
  • Step Four Adults can cut out the solid black areas with an Exacto knife.

Design for Kids: Paper Houses

  • Step Five Fold your template along the dotted lines
  • Step Six Tape or glue the tabs to the model. I suggest taping for a quick build!

Paper Craft for Kids: 3 Downloadable PAPER HOUSES you can print, cut, and decorate!Paper-Houses-BABBLE-DABBLE-DO-folded

You’re done! Make a whole bunch of these for a sweet little paper neighborhood!

Looks Like

Le Corbusier. The third “modern” paper house is all about the father of modernism, Le Corbusier. A handful of projects stood out to me in all those architectural history classes I took in college and none more than the Villa Savoye. Most people might look at the house and think “Okay, what’s the big whup?” but can I tell you, it was built in 1930! Yes, 1930! If it was built in 1980 we might not have blinked an eye but he built this 50 years before that! Does the phrase way ahead of his time come to mind? Despite my feminist concerns about Corbu’s belief in the modulor, a system of scaling based on a 6-foot man, I still find Le Corbusier’s work inspiring. His deceivingly simple plays of shape and form never get old to look at when I’m searching for an architectural pick-me-up. I hope you’ll add a little modern house to your village!

Paper Craft for Kids: 3 Downloadable PAPER HOUSES you can print, cut, and decorate!

Did you like building with paper?

3D paper crafts are a favorite of ours too! And what I loved most about making paper houses was the blank canvas you can hand to kids and ask them to personalize.

Paper Craft for Kids: 3 Downloadable PAPER HOUSES you can print, cut, and decorate!


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Paper Craft for Kids: 3 Downloadable PAPER HOUSES you can print, cut, and decorate!

Comments

  1. Aidyl says

    Your site is really helpful!! I’m trained in architecture and in three weeks I will be a guest speaker in our local elementary school, speaking about what is an architect. Hopefully I can make a little project for kids with this paper houses. Thanks a lot!!

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