*If only there were a way to bring the simplicity of the homestead to the chaos of the office.* you ponder, lazily looking around your cubicle. You spot a pack of index cards, perfect!
What You Will Need
- Index Cards (I used 3"x5", but you can scale this project to almost any size!)
- Scissors (if you have an x-acto knife, it is useful but not required)
- Small amounts of grass and dirt
- Colored pens or pencils
Step 1: Windows and Doors
Draw the outlines of your windows and doors onto the blank side of your index cards. I had a door on one wall, one solid, blank wall, and two walls that each had a window. Cut out your doors and windows being careful to leave the rest of the wall intact. Cut out your doors by cutting along the top and one side of your outline, leaving the remaining side as a hinge. If you'd like to have shutters for your windows, cut out each side like you would a door.
If you want, you can decorate the outer walls of your house at this time. I chose just to leave them blank except for the windows
Step 2: Framing the Walls
Assemble the walls by interlocking the slits on the index cards with the lined side of the cards facing outward. Carefully fold the cards backward along the connection so that the extra flaps from the slits are on the inside with the lined sides of the cards. Make cure that each connection forms a right angle.
Repeat as needed for additional walls. This creates the frame for the base of your house.
Step 3: Folding the Trusses
Fold in the last 1/2 inch of each side, then unfold them and tuck inside of the original flaps. Take your scissors and cut a 1/2" slit on the upper flaps.
Cut a 1/2" slit out from the center line on each flap roughly 1" from the bottom.
Step 4: Raising the Roof
To create your roof, take two index cards and cut a 1/4" slit at the bottom roughly 1/2" from each short end. Fold in each short end at the slit, and fold in the 1/4" wide flap in, all towards the lined part of the card.
Seat these cards on top of your trusses with the 1/4" flap inside of wall frames and the 1/2" flaps on the outside of the trusses. Fold a final index card into a right angle longways and place on the top of your roof. I made mine extend out a bit over the front door, but you can trim yours if you would like.
Step 5: Add a Picket Fence
Draw the shown picket fence pattern onto your accordion-folded index card. Cut out along the lines. I found it easiest to cut in half first then work on each panel individually.
Repeat as needed to make the desired size fence for your house. Unfold and enjoy!
Step 6: Garden Boxes
Fold your card in half, with the lined sized facing inward. Unfold so that you can see the line from the fold. Fold each side in towards the center, stopping 3/4 of the way to the center. You'll have two flaps, fold 1/3 of each flap back. Fold in each corner and tuck underneath the flaps.
Using your fingers, "lift" the inside corners of your garden boxes and crease them as needed to make them stay.
You can either fill them with some dirt and grass, or draw your own plants and shrubs and *plant* them by turning your garden boxes upside down and cutting slits in the bottom.
Note: If you use dirt and grass, make sure to never get it too moist as the index card won't hold up, and watch out for bugs!