Being that I am an architect, 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?
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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- Card Stock– This is THE BEST DEAL on it!
- X-Acto Knife and straightedge
- Tape and/or glue stick
- Colored pencils or pens
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.
- 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.
- 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!
You’re done! Make a whole bunch of these for a sweet little paper neighborhood!
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!
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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.
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