Things You'll Need
- Two cardboard shoeboxes
- Poster board
- Masking tape
- Poster paint
- Electrical tape
- Brown air-dry clay
The Tudor style of home is a popular choice throughout America. The architectural style’s roots are in early England and a two-story Tudor-style home usually features half-timbers and steep rooflines. Cardboard shoeboxes are the perfect building material for a model Tudor house, which will make a terrific dollhouse for some new or old-fashioned dolls. A trip to the library for a book on Tudor architecture could inspire you to add extra features onto the cardboard dollhouse.
Stack the two shoeboxes on top of each other, lengthwise, with the open sides facing away from you.
Attach the shoeboxes together securely with the masking tape.
Cut a piece of poster board to the length of the shoebox, plus six inches, and the width of the side of the shoebox.
Fold the poster board in half. Unfold the poster board and tape it to the top of the top shoebox to create a peaked roof.
Measure the triangular opening of the roof peak, from the top of the roof to the top of the house and the width of the house. Cut a piece of poster board to fit over the front peak opening. Tape it to the roof.
Paint the dollhouse white. Paint the roof dark brown and use a lighter color of paint to create square shingles on the roof. Let all paint dry thoroughly.
Paint a door and windows onto the dollhouse.
Create a vertical striped pattern of half-timbers on the upper half of the dollhouse with the electrical tape.
Form a 2-inch square with the clay. While the clay is soft, press it into the peak to create a chimney. Remove the clay and add brick lines to the chimney with a toothpick. Let the clay dry and re-attach the chimney to the roof with glue.
Form a 1-by-1-by-2-inch rectangle with the clay to fit over the front door as an awning. Let the clay dry and attach it over the top of the door with glue.
- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission: Old House Style Guide
- “Build It With Boxes”; Joan Irvine; Morrow Junior Books; 1993
- “Creative Crafts From Cardboard Boxes”; Nikki Connor; Aladdin Books Ltd.; 1996
Linda Shepard has been staff writer for "C & G Newspapers" for over 10 years, covering local government and crime and serving as the newspaper's food writer. She has written for "Michigan Meetings Magazine" and is also the owner of Spectacularstrolls.com, an online business of self-guided walking tours.