Rustic House Lamp Using Cardboard Box




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This tutorial show you how to made a Rustic House using Cardboard Box and a Paper Clay. It’s fun to make and you can use it as an awesome decoration.

What you need :

  • Cardboard Box,
  • DAS modelling material 1kg -
  • Cardboard 80x50cm,
  • Transparent Plastic Film 25x25cm,
  • Aluminium foil
  • Hot Glue,
  • Hot Glue gun,
  • Acrylic Paint,
  • pop stick,
  • Scissors,
  • Cutter knife,
  • Clay sculpture tools

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Step 1: Making Doors and Windows

I began by tracing the doors and windows in all three sides of the house. After, I cut through the shapes drawn using a cutter. To build the glass, I used transparent plastic film: I cut the right shapes and stuck them in the inside of each window using hot glue.

Step 2: Building the Basic Shape and the Garden

To form the garden, I cut the cardboard into two oval pieces of diameters 40cm and 46cm. I stick them with the piece of cardboard already prepared to form the house. Then, still using cardboard, I build the roof of the house and roof over doors and windows. To make the rounded shape of roofs, I cut light parallel lines using the cutter to have the accordion shape. I glued there l using of hot glue.

Using mainly wooden pop-sticks, I built the various poles of the house. in total, we have 5 poles. Each pole is composed of 4 pop-stick. See the video tutorial attached for more details and construction steps....

Step 3: Cover With Paper Clay

After, I cover all the cardboard with paper clay. I used "DAS modelling material" but you can any paper clay or even a homemade paper clay. I don't use natural air dry clay, it will shrink and that will result in a lot of cracks around your jar. So paper clay is the best to use in this type of craft.

Step 4: Building the Tree

To build the tree, I start by covering three steel wire with the aluminum foil. After, I braid these three pieces to form the trunk of the tree and these branches.

I cover the whole tree in paper clay and with the carving tool I form the grooves of the tree. Using the steel wool, I make the texture.

Step 5: Build the Wood Garden Fence

To build the garden fence, I use pop-stick pieces 5cm in length. I start by gluing the poles using hot glue.

After, I connect them with also pop-stick of suitable lengths. I made two rows, you can do only one row.

Step 6: Paint

I used acrylic paint for painting. You can also use watercolors and watercolor crayons. It's up to you. In the end you can seal the paint using some matte spray varnish. I placed some battery LED lights into the house. I recommend you use soft lights that will gently illuminate your windows so it looks like a real house.

Step 7: Finish

Finally, I ended up with a wonderful house as shown in the attached photos :)

Step 8: Watch

In order to not miss any details and to follow all the real chain of the instructable, enjoy to watch the video tutorial attached.

I hope you like my instructable. See you!

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    8 Discussions


    4 months ago

    What a great idea! Love how you've put it together. Would have never guessed it was made from cardboard!

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    4 months ago

    Awesome ! Creative instructable ! Voted :)

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