This kit is for personal use ONLY. Please do not copy, distribute, or sell any part of this design or the instructions without my permission. Pre-Cut Cheryl’s Place @2022 Jacqueline Smith

Please read all instructions prior to beginning the project. If you are new to making houses, make sure you read and understand each step before placing your glue. 

I consider this a good kit for a beginner.

Before you start your new kit, think about how you will want to decorate it. You can paint the house, paint the house and glitter it, glitter just parts of the house like the roof, use the kit pieces as a guide to cut out decorative paper that you can glue onto the house, or just leave the building white for a modern look. If you leave any portion of the house as unpainted cardboard, I suggest spraying with a matte acrylic sealer like Krylon or Modge Podge Sealer.

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Suggested Material List . . .

  • Pre-cut kit has been cut from White Kraft Board. This is equivalent to 120 lb cover cardstock or cardboard. The columns and steps are cut out of 100 lb cover cardstock as the Kraft Board is too thick to make delicate folds.
  • Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue. I put it in a bottle with a thin metal tip. If you are new to making kits, you may want to use Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue as this allows more time for you to reposition your pieces if you make a mistake.
  • Bone Folder – A bone folder helps you make sharp folds when you are using cardstock or cardboard. While the kit comes pre-scored, I strongly suggest you make the scoring deeper with a bone folder.
  • Multi-surface satin finish acrylic paints in your color choices. Two coats are usually required. 
  • To glitter the house: Extra fine glitter or extra fine iridescent glitter and Spectra Glitter Sparkling Crystals (mixed 50/50) and Modge Podge. I like to apply the Modge Podge with a foam brush to one side of the building at a time, glitter, then move on to the next side. You may like your building glittered with only the extra fine glitter, but I liked adding a slightly chunkier glitter to it too.
  • To make the snow: Woodland Flex Paste, Woodland Soft Flake Snow, and Hemway White Ultra Sparkle Glitter. Apply the flex paste and sprinkle a combination of the soft flake snow and Ultra sparkle glitter over it while it is wet. Use a little Modge Podge on a brush to add more of the snow mixture once the flex paste is dry.

NOTES . . . (read before starting)

  • Due to variations by each builder you may find a trim piece a tad longer than needed. If this happens, simply trim it down to fit.
  • DO use the cutting guide below to identify all of the pieces! It’s always a good idea to lay out all of the pieces before you start so that you have everything in the correct place. I include a few extra window frames and shutters in the kit. 

Cutting Guide for Cheryl’s Place …

Your kit will include either the Regular Back and Regular Bottom Insert, and 3 windows, a door and back step, OR the Putz Back, Putz Bottom Insert, and a strengthening ring for the Putz hole, depending on which option you chose when you purchased the kit.

Let’s get started . . .

The following instructions are to show you how the building should be constructed. I show the order of construction without any paint or glitter. Think about how you will finish the building and if any parts will need to be painted or finished before being glued in place.

There is no wrong way to paint, glitter and glue. Personally, I like to paint the trim and walls when flat, then glue the trim onto the building, add the vellum, and then glue the building together. I then glitter the completed building. However, I know people who glitter the building while flat before gluing it together. I suggest you try different methods until you find out what works best for you. Tutorials for various ways to decorate your house can be found on this website.

Constructing the Building

1. Fold each of the body pieces towards the back or inside (mountain folds), except the left tab of the side piece, which you will fold towards you (valley fold.)

2. Glue all window frames and the doors in place. There is a score line on the back to aid in placing the back door.

If you are going to add shutters you can glue them on now. I left them off so that I could show an example of the building with and without shutters. For an example of the building without shutters, look at the last picture at the bottom of this tutorial.

3. Glue the vellum in place if you are using it. 

4. Glue the body together. Glue the sides together first, then the roof flaps.

5. Check the fit of the bottom insert piece, adjusting any of the fold lines as necessary. You may need to trim the corners. Glue in the bottom insert piece now as it will help to help to stiffen and square the walls of the building. I like to start at the inside corner. Once I know the fit is right, I run the needle tip of my glue bottle between the bottom insert and the sides, making sure each side is glued securely before moving on to the next.

6. Glue on the main roof, aligning the cutout for the wing roof.

7. Glue on the wing roof. Then glue on the porch roof, attaching its tab to the underside of the wing roof. Do not glue the side of the porch roof to the house.

8. Fold the porch. Glue to the front of the building.

9. Start gluing on your columns. The column against the building at the back of the porch should be full height. You can cut the other three front columns shorter depending on how much you want the porch roof to angle down. I cut them to be 1 3/4″ tall. Place the columns where you think they look the best. I placed them in from the edge of the porch. 

10. Once you have glued on your columns, cut the porch railings to fit and glue between the columns. If you want the railing to be above the floor of the porch, use a coffee stir stick or several pieces of cardboard glued together to hold the railing at the correct height as the glue dries.

11. Glue the front and back steps in place.

12. Place a bead of glue along the edges of each peak. Hold the peak trim in place until the glue dries. If you have difficulty with this, glue the trim onto one side of the peak, dry, then glue the trim to the other side of the peak. 

13. Lastly, glue on the chimney if you want one. Below is the finished building without shutters or chimney. The picture at the top of the page shows the building with both.

Use the included cardstock to make a base. The kit also includes pieces for a fence.

This building can be finished with any method you are used to. Don’t worry about it being perfect. Just have fun and enjoy the process!

Enjoy making your Cheryl’s Place!! I would love to see your finished building.  Please share a photo with me by emailing me at Jackie@acottageintheforest.com.

Examples for Inspiration

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