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 Gull Cottage @2024 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 an easy intermediate kit.
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 cover cardstock or cardboard. The columns and porch 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: medium weight modeling paste, Woodland Soft Flake Snow, and Creatology White Crystal Extra Fine Glitter. Apply the modeling paste and sprinkle a combination of the soft flake snow and glitter over it while it is wet. Use a little Modge Podge on a brush to add more of the snow mixture once the modeling 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 an extra window frame in the kit.
Cutting Guide for Gull Cottage…
Your kit will include either the Regular Back and Regular Bottom Insert, and 3 windows, a door, peak trim and back step, OR the Putz Back, Putz Bottom Insert, and a strengthening ring for the Putz hole, OR a Solid Back and Bottom, 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 the body pieces towards the back or inside (mountain folds), except the right tab of the left side piece, which you will fold towards you (valley fold.) The bottom score lines on each side and the bay windows is for placement of a decorative foundation, not folding.
2. Glue on the window frames and doors. Note that the doors and some of the windows are the same height, but the two doors have thicker frames and are wider. In the picture below the window is on the left and the door is on the right.
3. Glue the vellum in place if you are using it.
4. Glue the body together. First Glue the Right Side onto the Left Side. Note how the tab of the left side bends out towards the front door and is glued under the right side.
5. Glue the back to the sides. Glue the body together first, then the roof flaps.
6. 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.
7. Fold each of the bay windows. Glue the vellum into the back side with the sides folded so the vellum lies smoothly. Glue the bay window top and bottom pieces to the body.
8. Glue the wider bay window onto the front of the building, centering it on the wall. Glue the narrower bay window onto the side of the building.
9. Glue together both the porch and the front step.
10. Glue the porch and step onto the front of the building. Trick: because I had made grit paste stones, the front step did not fit into the gap perfectly. I used a little more grit paste for fill in gap and then painted it the step color.
11. Glue on the main roof, aligning the cutout for the wing right wing. Then glue on the wing roof, aligning the cutout over the gable. Glue on the gable roof.
12. Glue the columns onto the porch, then glue on the porch roof.
13. Glue the railings onto the porch and on top of the Bay windows. You will need to trim the porch and side railing to fit.
14. Glue together the chimney and the back steps, then glue onto the building.
15. Glue the peak trim into each of the peaks. 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. I also glued a thin strip of decorative trim at the bottom of each bay window railing. I have included the thin trim in the pattern. If you have thin washi tape you can use that instead of the painted trim.
Use the included cardstock to make a base. .
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!