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« on: July 08, 2008 03:56:40 PM »

For the Summer Paper Crafts Challenge, I had been jokingly thinking of making a "house of cards" (you know, that you build by balancing cards against one another) but with glue, so it couldn't collapse.  Then I started musing on the Childhood Hero challenge, and what I might do for that .... which made me say "AH HA!" for the Paper Challenge.

I made "The Little House In The Big Woods" out of playing cards! (But finished too late for the Childhood Hero Challenge)



In the clearing in the Big Woods somewhere in Wisconsin stands The Little House.  The fence around the clearing keeps out bears and deer, and keeps the livestock in and safe.  Ma and Pa and Laura and Mary and Baby Carrie live in the Little House, along with their bulldog Jack and the black cat Black Susan.

A few details....
The Well

"John" the horse
"Rosie" the cow
The woodpile, complete with woochips

What's that behind the bushes?

Oh! The outhouse!

It's a two-seater. Smiley


The Little House
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk235/camelama/littlehouse/littlehouse47.jpg
Side view with window
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Inside of Little House, with furniture - bed (with pillows and blanket), table, kitchen cupboard, and cookstove with stove pipe!
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk235/camelama/littlehouse/littlehouse42.jpg
Looking in through the front door
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk235/camelama/littlehouse/littlehouse44.jpg

The making of The Little House

I rolled the playing cards up into logs, then notched them like real logs, and matched same-size logs up to build what I hoped would be a good square. HA. Smiley   After I had a good-sized "house" (4 walls), I made a roof section, then cut a door and a window and added a plank floor - it's not a dugout, after all, they had a real wooden floor!  The roof is removable for easy access for me.

I filled in the gaps between the logs to winter-proof the house by pulping up some playing cards in water (I used the pink ones, I ran out of red ones making perfect logs!). 
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk235/camelama/littlehouse/littlehouse27.jpg
Then I pressed the pulp to remove most of the water, and smooshed the pulp up against the walls of the house inside.  The walls would then have been whitewashed but I draw the line there.  Smiley  I made a cookstove instead of a fireplace, as I remember in one of the Little House stories that it was a *BIG DEAL* when Pa brought home a stove and they didn't have to cook over the fire any longer.

Raw materials - two packs of red Aviator cards, one pack of green Bicycle cards, one pack of pink Bicycle cards, and one mini-pack of blue bicycle cards. Other materials used in the final product: glue, cardboard for the base, water for the pulp-spackle on the walls.
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk235/camelama/littlehouse/littlehouse48.jpg
Making Logs
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk235/camelama/littlehouse/littlehouse1.jpg
Lots of logs
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk235/camelama/littlehouse/littlehouse49.jpg
Notching the logs
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A good start
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk235/camelama/littlehouse/littlehouse7.jpg

Many many more pictures of the process, with descriptions so you understand what you're looking at, available at:
http://s281.photobucket.com/albums/kk235/camelama/littlehouse/


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« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2008 04:04:45 PM »

that is amazing!! the detail you put into that is incredible. I loved the little house books as a kid - seeing this brings back memories and makes me want to read them again! great work!
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« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2008 05:14:20 PM »

"The walls would then have been whitewashed but I draw the line there."

Yeah, you wouldn't want to really get into it or be super-detailed or anything, right?  That would be crazy.

This IS crazy!  Crazy like a playing card fox.  I keeping wanting to say that X is my favorite, but then no, Y is my favorite and then maybe it's Z.  It's all so cool! 
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« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2008 05:56:49 PM »

I love this! Hands down my favorite is the outhouse, especially the seat with the eyes.  Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2008 06:04:02 PM »

I love this! Hands down my favorite is the outhouse, especially the seat with the eyes.  Cheesy

Hee - I didn't realize that was the seat cover until it was all glued and dried. Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2008 06:14:48 PM »

This is wonderful - Little House was one of my favorites.
WOW -

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« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2008 06:23:07 PM »

Oh my gosh, you are so creative!!  I really think that the house is awesome and I also love the outhouse!
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« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2008 06:30:32 PM »

haha!  I was just thinking that the cards give this a bit of a what-happens-in-the-Little-House-stays-in-the-Little-House vibe. 
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« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2008 06:47:58 PM »

haha!  I was just thinking that the cards give this a bit of a what-happens-in-the-Little-House-stays-in-the-Little-House vibe. 

Ah ha ha ha.  Little House In Las Vegas?  Smiley Smiley

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fantastic!!!  the outhouse totally rocks Grin 
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