|Written by Paul D. Race for and|
Note from Editor: Howard Lamey, in Jacksonville, Florida, designs and builds vintage-style cardboard buildings for his family and friends. When I saw his Halloween house, I begged him to tell us how he did it. He not only gave us instructions for that project, he has also agreed to write a series of articles about building "glitterhouses." If you build your glitterhouses according to Howard's instructions, you will have, not only a classic decoration for this year, but a potential family heirloom - his houses are that good. Howard will be sharing his projects with us as time permits, so stay tuned.
Glitterhouses: What You Need to Build Vintage-Style Glittered Pasteboard HousesThis is a comprehensive list of what you have to have and what would be nice to have. If you are considering building more than one or two glitterhouses, you may want to pick up some of the "extras."
Also, If you are going to build cardboard houses, stop throwing away used, clean cardboard yesterday. Save cereal boxes, the backs of writing tablets, anything flat, firm and clean, that you can save. More details are below, but I wanted you to see this part up front. In addition, for this project you'll need:
Basic ToolsThese are the core tools that every glitterhouse builder should keep on hand:
“Nice to Have” Tools:These are tools that you should consider adding to your tool box if you are going to build more than one or two glitterhouses.
Building MaterialsAs I mentioned before, you should collect these on a continuing basis - otherwise you could wind up making a trip to the store for posterboard when that Cheerios box you threw away last week would have worked just as well:
Now that I'm in "retirement," this hobby has become a sort of avocation for me. Several folks have commissioned me to build specific houses for them. So if you'd like me to "bid" on a cardboard house for you, or if you have any questions at all, please use this link, and Paul will forward your information to me.
Also, if you have a similar project you'd like to share with your fellow readers and hobbyists, we'd love to add it to our site, and we'll be sure to give you full credit for your contribution.
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