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 Curved Portico House @2021 Jacqueline Smith
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.
Suggested Material List . . .
- Pre-cut kit has been cut from White Kraft Board. This is equivalent to 120 lb cardstock or cardboard. The column pieces are cut out of 110 lb cardstock as the Kraft Board is too thick to roll.
- 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 lines deeper with a bone folder.
- Multi-surface satin finish acrylic paints in your color choices. I find that if I use the multi-surface paint I do not need to gesso the cardboard first. 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 in the kit.
Cutting Guide …
Your kit will include either the Regular Back, Regular Bottom Insert, and back windows & door 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 the Putz House Monthly Website.
Constructing the Building
1. Put the Porch & Stairs aside until step #7 below. Fold all of your pieces towards the back or inside (mountain folds.) Glue all window frames and doors in place.
2. Glue the vellum in place if you are using it.
3. Glue the sides together.
4. Glue the main roof to the tabs of the building. I find it easiest to position and glue one side, then glue down the other side.
5. Glue each of the side roofs onto the building
6. Check the fit of the bottom insert piece, adjusting any of the fold lines as necessary, and glue into the bottom of the house.
7. Glue the tabs of the porch railing to the bottom of one of the porch floor pieces.
8. Glue the 2nd porch floor on top of the tabs. Flip the Porch balcony right side up, put aside.
9. Roll each of the column rectangles into cylinders and glue.
10. Glue the 3 smaller steps on top of each other. Repeat with the larger steps. Glue together, then glue to the front of the building.
11. Glue the columns on top of the steps, then the porch balcony on top of the columns.
12. Glue the small stairs below the back door.
13. Use the included cardstock to make a base. The kit also includes pieces for a fence.
This piece can be finished with any method you are used to. Don’t worry about it being perfect. Just have fun and enjoy the process!
Examples for Inspiration
Curved Portico House made out of aluminum cans by Jackie Smith