I found a sectioned box in a charity shop and thought it would make a perfect little house. I just needed to cut some stiff card to make it a simple roof, and it was good to go! But who to put in it? Hmmm...
Nuts were just the right size to hang out here!
A few progress piccies...
I covered the box and card roof with town book pages, I used an old book on 18th century housekeeping
Once that was done I used watercolours to paint an antique looking wash over the whole thing, then darker brown around the edges and corners.
Then, time to decorate! I cut various scrapbooking paper backgrounds for the wallpaper.
To create the skirting board and dado rail I used two papers, stripey for the bottom works really well.
I measured the paper to fit into the space, then I glued the stripey paper onto the background. Then I used watercolours to age the edges.
Snip a lighter paper into a thin strip for the skirting board
Then glue it onto a wider paper
Before trimming it down to size
And attaching to the bottom of the striped paper
Then I cut another strip for the dado rail
I went around the edges again with watercolour to make it look a little more 3d
Push the paper down into the corners with the end of your paintbrush
Et voila! The rooms are taking shape!
Next the roof tiles! I cut enough scallop strips to cover the roof. Then, using the watercolour paints, tinted the edges.
Then I made sure I painted all the white edges, it's a lot of work but the little touches like this make all the difference!
Then, glue in layers starting at the bottom
Until you have a full roof
Then start adding the nuts!
The characters are made from almonds, googly eyes and wire bent using pliers to form feet.
It's all fun and games till someone gets out the nutcracker...