Saturday, March 12, 2011

Little Spring House Project

Let's have a little fun with some paper projects!
The first FREE design is for a Bee Cottage and a Lady Bug Cottage. There will be a new design every weekend until we complete the entire Little Spring Houses Project.
If you click on the design it will take you to a pdf file which you will be able to download and print. The design, as is, will be in 1" scale. You can make it bigger or smaller, depending on the use for which you have in mind. I have in mind a Spring Tree with lots of small bug and bird houses hanging like ornaments. If you want to make the Spring Tree, print out the houses in a larger size. (more on the tree later)

You must be on Facebook to download this as a high resolution drawing.

So, to get started this is what you need to do...
(1) Print out the artwork on card stock or paper that you'll glue to card stock.
(2) Draw an extra little gluing tab on one end of the house. It won't show as it will be glued under the opposite side of the house.
*On the Bee Cottage you can use a pointed object-compass point, large needle, awl-to poke holes in the bee openings.
(3) Cut out the house as carefully as you can, don't forget and cut off the tab you just drew.
(4) Lightly score and then fold all of the walls (including the drawn tab) to create the house box.
(5) Glue (whatever glue you like to use for paper) the tab to the inside of the opposite end creating an even house shape. Let dry.
(6) Cut out a piece of card stock for a base. It should be large enough to show just a bit from each side. Paint it green.
(7) Add the house to the base and allow to dry.
(8) Cut out the roof, score on the center line, fold and glue to the roof line of the house. You may wish to paint the underside of the roof first with a coordinating color.


Watch for the next FREE house project.
If you become a follower, you'll know when it gets posted.
I urge you to make as many of the little houses as you wish. If you want to sell them, I don't mind, especially if you give credit to the


  1. This is so cute. (Like everything you draw) I will be enjoying this project over the next few weeks.

  2. Fabulous project I love it. I will be checking back for more - and as for the tantalising mention of limited kits on your newsletter well I can hardly contain myself! hugs Claire x

  3. I just printed off some copies to take to miniature club tomorrow. I am excited to see how they turn out! Thanks so much for spreading the fun!

  4. Wow, what a lovely idea! Thanks for this project guys!

  5. You must be on Facebook to download this as a high resolution drawing. How do I find you on facebook?

  6. Thank you so much! The houses are lovely!