Constructing a model house for a school project is not only simple and engaging but is a lot of fun, if you follow the right plan and directions with a little patience. It might seem like loads of work and supplies but if you notice, the basic requirements, for example, cardboard, glue, adhesive tape, pens, craft knives, scissors, and colors are easily accessible and handeble. Here are some steps or ways to help you with the same.

  1.  Decide the Structure of Your House and Draw it Out

Work on making a simple and clean model house if you are a beginner and you are sure to do well in the school project. The first step is to decide on how large you want the model house to be. Choose whether you want to construct a single floored or multi-floored house.

  • Then plan accordingly the apparent size, shape, and number of windows, doors, ventilation holes and other crucial components such as the base, walls, rooftop, etc.
  • After you are through with that, draw it out on a paper neatly, take the measurements and if they turn out to be accurate copy the same into a clean and stiff sheet of cardboard.
  1. Cut it and Stick the Pieces Together

After you have neatly drawn out the pieces, carefully cut it out with a pair of scissors or any sharp hobby knife. Children are instructed to carefully carry out this process under the supervision of an adult.

  • Make sure that you trim the pieces in their respective sizes or else you will face troubles while positioning them up together. Lay out the final parts and start gluing or taping them together. Firmly tape the side walls and roof of your model house and later, glue the base to another broadsheet for the convenience to carry it around.
  • You can also use a hot glue gun for this process, which ensures more stability but this too must be done under adult supervision.
  • If you are building a multi-storied model house, then fix a firm sheet of cardboard in the middle or else your house will fall off. Make sure that each of the edges and sides is secured tightly and does not fall off.
  1.  Paint the Model House and Add Details on to it

Stick all the parts together and then let it dry completely. If you can, then spray paint the whole house with a primary color and then move on to the next colors. But if you don’t have one, it is completely fine.

  • Paint the whole house and after it dries, start adding color to each of the components accordingly. You can create small cutouts and stick it on to the surface of the house to make it look more realistic and paint them later or you can also use your drawing skills to do that. As the paint dries and all the details have been added, slightly provide a border to the components with a dark marker which will enhance the effectively of the model house.
  • You can also cover or paint the broadsheet as per your wish. If your house is considerably large with huge doors which can be taped in such a way that it could be opened and closed, then try to cut out cardboard in shape of simple furniture, color them and place them inside. This adds beauty and also attracts some points to your project.
  1.  Building a Model House from a Simple Box

A firm and large sized box such as a shoe box can be used to build a model house. Pick up a shoebox of appropriate size; place it on a horizontal way on a table so that the longest side touches the table.

  • Mark the windows, doors, ventilation holes on the sides of the box and cut it out neatly. You can decorate or provide details to these with your own creative imagination such as using small clothes or tissue as curtains, really small boxes as furniture, etc. For the roof, consider the four upper lids of the box.
  • Join the two of them and tightly stick them together with adhesive tape or glue gun. Take the two other lids and mark the required size of triangles to fill in the gaps left by the other two while it was joined and cut the unnecessary part out.


Stick their sides to the former lids in such a way that the whole upper portion of the model house looks covered. You will obtain a simple model house which can be beautified but painting it and adding minor details to it.