Making Tiny Houses...





Materials needed:

Scrap cardboard or matboard (ask local framing stores for scraps)
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 Triple Thick Gloss Glaze
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). Another product that works really great is "Triple Thick Gloss Glaze".

  • 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.

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? Give each person (who wants to sell) a set number to sell. When they return with the money for those pins/magnets, 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.


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This project was created by Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, retired art teachers. Questions? Contact us