Patchwork Houses with Cardboard and Collage

Children make patchwork houses from cardboard and fabric scraps.

I have been saving this post for two years. Why? Because I really, really wanted to create my first ever craft kit out of this patchwork house art activity. I still am thinking about doing it, but my pace is so slow these days and I just couldn’t wait any longer to share this simple idea with you. I love that they look like gingerbread houses! They would be such a cute decoration for a mantle during the holidays. Or a really great art idea for a holiday party or birthday party.

Read on for the supplies and the process…

Children make patchwork houses from cardboard and fabric scraps.

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Supply list:

~ Cardboard

~ Black Sharpie

~ White tempera paint

~ Elmer’s glue

~ Fabric scraps (or just cut up paper: old art, newspaper, colored paper, etc.)

~ Buttons (or any other collage bits and pieces)

Children make patchwork houses from cardboard and fabric scraps.

The process:

~ Cut out a house shape from your cardboard (ours were 12″ x 17″, or 30cm x 40cm)

~ Let the children draw in their windows, doors, and anything else they want. These children were five. Younger children might not be as representational. You can either let them do anything they want, or you can show them how a cross makes a window, and how squares and rectangles are shapes on a house.

Children make patchwork houses from cardboard and fabric scraps.

~ After they are done drawing in their details, they can begin to use the white paint.

Children make patchwork houses from cardboard and fabric scraps.

Children make patchwork houses from cardboard and fabric scraps.

Children make patchwork houses from cardboard and fabric scraps.

~ Lastly, the children use the collage materials to embellish their houses.

Note: Some children went back and forth between the Sharpie, the paint, and the gluing of collage materials, and some children did them in order. It is completely up to them! There is no right or wrong way to approach this project. It’s best to let your child use their imagination and go about this in their own, unique way.

Children make patchwork houses from cardboard and fabric scraps.

Recently, my good friend and fellow art teacher Julia Linsteadt of CutOuts Kids did a patchwork puffy paper house that I just LOVE! It’s another exciting way to approach this multi-step art experience.

I hope to get a craft kit going by next year. I will let you know!

xo, Bar

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