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« on: April 01, 2014 02:49:03 AM »

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!




Oh! Hello!


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... Shocked


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« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2014 03:00:06 AM »

This is so awesome, Phizz!  Nuts need to stay away from the nutcracker Grin

The little nut wire feet are killing me. The roof is so detailed, too.
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« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2014 03:24:26 AM »

Thank you!

Hee hee, they sure do!
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« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2014 04:33:02 AM »

Ha!  Love this!  Especially your last photo.   Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2014 04:35:27 AM »

Ooh, thank you!

Yes, the poor things, just too tasty Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2014 04:40:48 AM »

This is so cute. Love the narrative. You're so funny. Thank you for showing part of the process. What an insight into how it's done. You make it look so easy and I know it's not. Love the last pic. lol 
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« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2014 04:50:05 AM »

Thank you! I had some fun wrestling him into that nutcracker Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2014 05:11:04 AM »

This is just perfect for the nuts!
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« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2014 05:14:04 AM »

Thank you! I was pleased they fit so nicely in the sections Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2014 06:14:41 AM »

Wow, it's like you did a diorama of my home. Cheesy
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