Rose Cottage Kit

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 Rose 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.

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Suggested Material List . . .

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 Rose Cottage…

Your kit will include either the Regular Back and Regular Bottom Insert, and 2 extra windows, 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.)

2. Glue on the window frames and door. First I glued a piece of vellum to the back of the door, then glued it onto the door of the building. I like making my operable doors double thick as they hold up better if kids try to open them.

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

4. Glue the body together. 

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.

6. Slide the slot in the roof over the gable. Glue onto the building. I glued the front down first, then when dry, the back. This house looks lovely shingled. You can find a link to all of my shingle patterns here.

7. We will be using porch roof braces to determine the overhang of the porch roof. Hold the gable roof onto the gable and use your thumb to determine the angle you would like. You may need to trim a bit off of the gable roof ends depending on your preferred porch roof angle.

8. Glue together the two pieces of the gable trim, then glue onto the front of the gable roof. If you trimmed off the ends of the gable roof, you may have to cut off a little of the trim.

9. Glue the gable roof over the gable. I like to glue it to the flaps on the gable, holding it in place until dry. Once dry, I run a tiny seam of glue along the back of the gable roof and glue it down to the main roof.

10. Fold and glue together each of the pieces of the dormer and the chimney. It is easiest to glue the vellum onto the backside of the dormer window before you glue it together. Glue on the dormer trim.

11. Glue the two dormer pieces together, centering them, then glue onto the roof over the light holes. Glue on the dormer roofs and the chimney.

12. Turn over the building and glue the porch roof braces in place under the porch roof.

13. Fold each of the porch pieces and the stairs.

14. Glue the porch together, as well as the stairs. You can find a video of how I glue my stairs together at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W20xqhqy1BM.

15. Flip over the porch and glue in the porch bottom piece. This will help strengthen the porch. Glue the stairs into the porch.

16. Glue together the two pieces of the porch roof trim. Also glue two pieces of porch railing together, matching the banisters. This will make the railing stronger. Curve the railings gently by pulling each piece against a larger curved object like lip balm or the side of a mechanical pencil. Try to get both railing curves the same.

17. Glue the railing onto the porch, making sure to glue the back edge to the wall and each of the feet to the porch. Glue the porch roof trim onto the front of the porch roof, and the window box under the dormer window if desired.

18. Fold the rose arbor along the score lines. Glue a spacer bar inside each of the top posts of the arbor.

19. Glue the 2nd top post of the arbor on the inside on  top of each spacer bar. Glue the arbor side seam together.

20. Glue the top lattice pieces together to make them double thick. Glue onto the top of the arbor.

Use the included cardboard to make a base. I include trellis pieces that can be glued onto the side of the building. 

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 Rose Cottage!! I would love to see your finished building.  Please share a photo with me by emailing me at Jackie@acottageintheforest.com.

Examples for Inspiration

Rose Cottage by Donna Camacho
Rose Cottage by Cheryl Sablotny
Rose Cottage by Lynette Deloach
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