Making Tiny Houses...


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Materials needed:

Scrap cardboard or matboard
permanent markers
white or stick glue (to glue the pieces together)
White glue (Elmers) - should not be washable glue- to seal the house before finishing.
EnviroTex Lite (get at a craft store) or Polyurethane
pin back or magnet
hot glue gun (to attach the pin back/magnet)


  • Cut the cardboard into triangles, rectangles, and squares

  • Glue together to form a simple house. Add small doors and windows out of cardboard/matboard.

  • Use markers to design and color - don't forget the edges and the back!

  • Sign the back (artist signature)

  • Paint a light coat of Elmer's Glue on the house (to seal the markers and add-ons) and let dry.

  • Mix up the EnviroTex (read the directions). This stuff MUST be used outside. If you can't use this product, Put on about 4 coats of Polyurethane (let dry between coats).

  • Drizzle onto the houses - aim for an even coating. You only need to do the front side and edges of the house.

  • Let dry overnight

  • Glue on a pin back or a magnet with a hot glue gun.

  • Attach to a card if you wish. (see example of what we used on our cards here)

Selling the Pins:

  • Of course, you may sell these however you wish, however, we suggest that you sell them for $5.00 each, if your community can afford this price.

  • Where do you sell? We give each person (who wants to sell) a set number to sell. When they return with the money for those pins/magnets, we give them more if they wish to sell more.

  • Set up a table outside a store or church and entice the patrons to contribute. Send them to work with parents of your class/group members.

Let us know how much money made by creating the houses! Click here!

This project was created by Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, art teachers at Monarch High School in Coconut Creek, FL, as a way for their students to make a difference in the lives of others.

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©2009 Ayers & McMillan

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