2.17.2009

Let's Make a Little House

I love those old fashioned Putz houses that pop up around Christmastime, like this one:And I've been wanting to do my own twist on a little house for some time, SO. . . Tah dah!I called it Dream House, on account of its dreamy (sleepy?) expression and the fact that I've been dreaming of a house of my own for many many years. I had so much fun making this dolly! I knew I had to start with some sort of sturdy cardboard house for it's base, something simple enough to be able to add whatever features I wanted. I went searching the internet for gingerbread house templates, but none of them seemed just right. So after a couple of failed attempts (I'm not big on measuring), I came up with a successful template of my own. Woohoo!
I liked it so much in fact, that I just had to share.
. It's really easy to assemble. Just cut the pieces out of good strong cardboard and hot glue them together. Now you have a base ready for whatever you want to throw at it! I covered my cardboard base with several layers of rice paper strips dipped in white glue (my stronger version of traditional papier mache) then sculpted features using paperclay.

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I'd love to see what all you arty types come up with.

20 comments:

  1. oh wow! That is brilliant!

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  2. Just stumbled across your blog - so glad I did! Your work is simply amazing! I have to see more!!!!

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  3. I love it Joee! So very kewl! I finally got to see the Cloth, Paper, Scissors....... what a great article and patterns! You guys rock!
    Kathy

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  4. OH, Joee. Your brain is wonderful.

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  5. Thanks for the template! This one looks like so much fun :)

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  6. Hi! I could not even express how I adore all the staff you ve done! This house is wonderfull either!

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  7. Fantastic, what a brilliant idea, a really great twist on the house idea!
    Love it!!

    Micki x

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  8. Totally AWESOME...The Dylan & Joanna team ....keep amazing me!!
    You are just the "BEST!"
    hugs
    jojo squig

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  9. Super clever! A very fun surprise for us to enjoy!
    xoxo
    Carrie the SnipPet Girl

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  10. Oh my goodness! This little guy is so amazing (all your stuff is) Can't wait to try one in the upcoming weeks.

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  11. I'm dazzled! I love those little houses too and I love your dreamer!

    Cat

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  12. Love it, really creative thinking.
    Always enjoy seeing what new things you come up with.

    Debbie

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  13. Clever!! I love the Putz houses too and have tried my hand at making a cardboard house or two. Thanks for sharing your template--I think I'll give it a whirl.
    :)

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  14. JOee,
    You know how I feel about this piece and all your art!! OMG!! Thanks for sharing!

    Love,
    Tink

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  15. Joee
    It's just wonderful! We have been married 28 years and just 5 years ago purchased our first home...one day you will have that dream home with a BIG studio to create your wonderful art!
    Bugs & hisses
    Patty

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  16. That looks great and thanks for sharing! :)

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  17. Well Done!!! So creative. Love him!

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  18. Oh, how very adorable! Aren't you the clever one? A birdhouse... you take things very literally, don't you? LOL Hilarious!

    I love this doll!
    hugs,
    Diana Craft

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