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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


 Grin
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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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« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2014 06:21:49 AM »

Well, I didn't like to say, but I did model a few of the nuts on the mods Grin
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« Reply #11 on: April 01, 2014 06:28:23 AM »

This nutty house is nutastic!!! 

And I think I know which mods inspired this wonderful creation Cheesy

Well, I didn't like to say, but I did model a few of the nuts on the mods Grin

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« Reply #12 on: April 01, 2014 06:43:35 AM »

Well, I didn't like to say, but I did model a few of the nuts on the mods Grin

I did think a few looked familiar, but I couldn't put my finger on it!
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« Reply #13 on: April 01, 2014 07:07:50 AM »

Those nuts look so happy in their home!! Such a cute project!
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« Reply #14 on: April 01, 2014 07:29:50 AM »

Not the nutcracker!!!  Shocked

Such a great nut house! Thanks for the tutorial.
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« Reply #15 on: April 01, 2014 07:50:16 AM »

Fabulous nut house!  Cute nutty crowd hanging around in there Grin
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« Reply #16 on: April 01, 2014 08:07:12 AM »

A nuthouse!! This project cracked me up!!!! (oh, no pun intended---poor nut in the nutcracker!)....

I love all the details you put into the roof...

Did anyone else notice the interesting words?  I swear I read that the nuts are passing gas?
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« Reply #17 on: April 01, 2014 08:24:21 AM »

Get that nutcracker away from that adorable little guy!! Their legs are just too much...I want to move in with them.
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« Reply #18 on: April 01, 2014 08:55:59 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!

I swear, sometimes these things just call out and beg to be made into - well, different things. This little nut house will be a great heirloom for future generation. The nuts all look so sturdy, so even smaller kis might play with it!
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« Reply #19 on: April 01, 2014 08:56:25 AM »

I love this nut house! So very well done. Thanks for sharing how you made it!
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« Reply #20 on: April 01, 2014 08:59:40 AM »

Gosh, thank you for all the lovely comments!

Did anyone else notice the interesting words?  I swear I read that the nuts are passing gas?
Well, with so many nuts hanging out in one place it's bound to get a little ripe in there! Wink
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« Reply #21 on: April 01, 2014 09:00:29 AM »

HA! You can never go wrong with nuts and googly eyes.
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« Reply #22 on: April 01, 2014 09:15:02 AM »

Thank you! No, I don't think you can Grin
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« Reply #23 on: April 01, 2014 10:01:17 AM »

Lovely! So glad you gave those nuts a safe home. I think all too often the plight of nuts is neglected.
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« Reply #24 on: April 01, 2014 10:05:22 AM »

You do need to take good care of your nuts!
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« Reply #25 on: April 01, 2014 03:58:34 PM »

Best Nut House Ever!
Have to admit that your post, especially last pic, cracked me up Cheesy
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« Reply #26 on: April 01, 2014 04:25:13 PM »

Thank you! The poor little fella Cheesy
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« Reply #27 on: April 01, 2014 06:40:31 PM »

well, at least if you craft with foods, there is no waste if you screw up...you just eat it!

artsy and practical and green!
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I really like the aging technique done on the walls. The nuts make perfect occupants! I cracked up when I came to the last photo.
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« Reply #29 on: April 04, 2014 06:54:17 AM »

Such a terrific idea.  I love everything about it, the "horrid smell" and their cute little feet.  And the last one...........Oh please say it ain't so.  Please tell me he survived!
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« Reply #30 on: April 05, 2014 01:06:33 AM »

Thank you!

He did! I couldn't bring myself to eat him Cheesy
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