|milk carton and cardboard house I made last week|
There's no place like home, and there's nothing like spending a month being home bound to brainstorm ideas for homemade student projects...about home.
|Scissors, glue and paint transform trash to treasure|
I want them to think about what their ideal house would look like? Would it have a fire pole or a slide to go from one floor to another. Would there be a greenhouse or a maybe a swimming pool? It's fun to dream and draw.
|jar and card stock house|
For a more elaborate project, I took a milk carton, added a cardboard roof, traced and measured to cover the sides with cardboard. I hot glued cut shingles of various sizes, during family movie night.
Then I cut and glued cardboard strips to create siding, being sure to trim the strips to make room for windows and doors.
Once the siding was on, the fun part started: adding all the details, like door framing, shutters, and balcony.
Painting is like icing on the cake, except I did a couple of layers of paint and added some painted trim (balcony railing, molding, and chimney) after painting it, so it would look neater. Between the hot glue and paint that I already had, the project cost about $3, but if you were to buy a big package of hot glue sticks and 3 small bottles of acrylic it would probably cost $8. Of course you could make several houses with the supplies once you had them. The project took 3 days, working 3 or 4 hours a day. I think this would be perfect for a 2 week (10 hour) project for my high schoolers. I would love to see what they could come up with in a couple weeks.
To make the jar house, check out this video:
The cardboard house video can be found at this link: