In Dec 1998 and I found another use for CDs. Martha Stewart Living had a miniature village segment on Dec 15, 1998. It showed how to make small houses with a wooded base (original house size 9-inches). It is now 2014 and if found this page with a link to a PDF file with a pattern for mini houses.
As I like really miniature things, I took the whole thing one step further. I used the patterns that I found at her site and printed them out at about 3-inch size.
- My first idea was to use old greeting cards to make the houses from.
- I traced the front and back and sides onto the greeting card and
- gave each part a right side and bottom border of about ¼-inch. This was so that I could glue them all together.
- Then I scored each line to make it easier to fold and glued it all together.
Now I was looking for a way to create a little bit more solid house and had to find a substitute for the wood in the original creation. That was easy.
- I used my styrofoam meat trays or foam core board. They are very easy to cut with an exacto knife and give a quite solid base and are also easy to glue together with the glue gun.
- Once I had the base together I went looking for something to cover it to make it look more realistic. I ended up using brown plastic stir sticks. My family says that it looks like a Swiss Chalet, I guess my background is showing.
- Painting the house with a textured paint was another way of finishing it.
- Covering each piece with fabric and then glueing the house together worked also.