Instructions on Building a Model House

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Things You'll Need

  • Plans
  • Foam core
  • Hobby knife
  • T-pins
  • Glue
  • Metal straight edge
  • Cutting mat
  • Spray adhesive

A scale model is a copy or reproduction of a building that is smaller than the original. A great way to visualize your dream house is to build it in a scale model. Model houses don't have to cost an arm and a leg. With a quick trip to the hobby shop, you can gather all of the materials to create a great model. Professionals making models include those in the film industry, engineers, architects and salesmen. Hobbyists make models for the challenge and to display as works of art.

Make photo copies of the plans in the size that you intend to use. Using the spray adhesive mount the drawings onto a piece of foam core.

Lay the foam core on the cutting mat and use the hobby knife and straight edge to carefully cut out the images.

Cut out all the pieces and check for fit before starting to glue. Lay each piece on the floor plan and make sure they are all square and cut cleanly.

Glue the pieces in place, beginning with the walls, once piece at a time. Use the T-pins to hold the walls in place while the glue dries. Once the wall is dry, move on to the next. Continue this way until you have all of the walls up.

Check the roof for fit and glue together to make one piece. Do not glue to the house unless you do not want to further embellish the inside.

Adhere the model to a base of cardboard or foam core and use glue to keep in place. Decorate around the model using model landscaping or leave plain.


  • You can color or paint the outside of the model before you cut it out. You can also make models of furniture and appliances to fit into your model house.


  • Kids should be supervised while building this.

    Spray adhesive should be used in a well-ventilated area.