Papier-mache two-story house with removable roof (available at crafts stores)
Black acrylic paint
Patterned papers: large black-and-white polka dot, small black-and-white polka dot, mottled lime green, mottled yellow, mottled orange
Black rubber-stamp ink
Scrap of green cardstock
Repositionable double-sided tape
Black brad for doorknob
Square scalloped-edge paper punch
Crafts sticks (for fence)
Hot-glue gun and hotmelt adhesive
Small hole punch
6 inches of black wire
How to Make It
Paint the outside and the inside of the house black.
Lay each piece of the house (removable roof and base) facedown on large black-and-white polka-dot paper. Trace around each side and dormer, marking openings for window panes and the door; cut out the pieces. Cut out the openings for the window panes and the door.
Ink the edges of each piece with black ink using a sponge. Use crafts glue to adhere the cut-out pieces to the house.
Cut strips from small black-and-white polka-dot paper for shutters. Crimp the strips, and glue them haphazardly to the sides of the windows (as shown in the finished photograph).
Measure the size of the windows and cut squares from yellow paper 1 inch larger than the window sides measurements. Glue a yellow square behind each window on the inside of the house. Repeat for the door, using orange paper. Add a black brad to the door for a doorknob.
For the house numbers, adhere number stickers to the green paper; cut a rectangle around the numbers using scalloped-edge scissors. Ink the edges with black ink using a sponge. Adhere the numbers above the door with tape.
For the roof: Punch squares from the lime-green paper using the paper punch. Ink the edges of each square with the black ink using a sponge. Glue the square onto the roof like shingles, overlapping pieces and trimming squares to fit tight areas if needed.
For the fence: Cut crafts sticks at varying lengths for the fence posts. Trace the sticks onto gray cardstock; cut out. Use crafts glue to glue the paper to the sticks. Ink the stick edges and fronts with black ink using a sponge. Hot-glue the sticks to the base edge to make the fence.
To make the sign, write the word "vacancy" on green cardstock and cut into a rectangle. Punch two small holes along the top edge. Cut a 6-inch length of black wire and coil it around a pencil. Fasten the ends to the sign and hang over the fence.
To finish: Use a black marker to color any unfinished areas of the box, such as window and doorway edges. Outline each dormer and the chimney. Spray the house with varnish.