After making our paper Christmas tree, I had a few odd scraps of handmade paper left over. Some pieces were big enough to use in another craft, but a few wouldn’t cut it. I hate throwing things out, so I made a plan and used them to create a little paper house with a miniature thatched roof.

This paper house with a miniature thatch roof is made entirely from scraps and recycled materials, giving it a creative, whimsical feel. The lights add a little magic, and we all need more of that in our lives. In this step-by-step tutorial, we’ll show you how you can make your own and share an easy way to thatch a small roof. #ACraftyMix

Kinda cool, right?

This paper house with a miniature thatch roof is made entirely from scraps and recycled materials, giving it a creative, whimsical feel. The lights add a little magic, and we all need more of that in our lives. In this step-by-step tutorial, we’ll show you how you can make your own and share an easy way to thatch a small roof. #ACraftyMix

It’s just big enough to fit a battery-operated tealight and rests on rusty nails. The rusty nails serve two purposes; they act as silts for the little house and support the paper walls.

This paper house with a miniature thatch roof is made entirely from scraps and recycled materials, giving it a creative, whimsical feel. The lights add a little magic, and we all need more of that in our lives. In this step-by-step tutorial, we’ll show you how you can make your own and share an easy way to thatch a small roof. #ACraftyMix

If you don’t have rusty nails, you can use wooden skewers instead. It’s all about using your imagination and what you have on hand. 

This paper house with a miniature thatch roof is made entirely from scraps and recycled materials, giving it a creative, whimsical feel. The lights add a little magic, and we all need more of that in our lives. In this step-by-step tutorial, we’ll show you how you can make your own and share an easy way to thatch a small roof. #ACraftyMix

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What you need

To make the paper house with a teeny, tiny thatch roof, you’ll need the following:

  • Handmade paper scraps
  • Battery-operated tealight
  • Sharp side cutters
  • Scrap wood. I used ice cream sticks, toothpicks, and left-over balsa wood
  • Jute twine for the thatch roof
  • Cardstock
  • Rusty Nails
  • Glue
To make a miniature thatch roof paper house you'll need rusty nails, scrap paper and twine

How to make a paper house with a miniature thatch roof

Whenever I make tiny things, I sketch my idea first. That way, I stand a better chance of getting the perspective right. This little paper house was no exception; I’m glad I did too. The sketch helped so much with figuring out how high those rusty nail stilts should be in relation to the house. You’ll find many more miniature-making tips in this cutting board repurpose tutorial.

When working with miniatures I always find it easier to sketch a rough plan out first.

The floor and walls

To start, you’ll need a base or floor for the paper house to rest on. If you have a sketch, use that as a guide to cut a platform from balsa wood. A sturdy piece of cardboard will work too.

Cut a base for the paper house using cardboard or balsa wood

Grab a few rusty nails (or skewers). Keep in mind the nails support the floor and the paper walls. If you don’t have nails long enough, skip the stilts and use them as wall supports.

Use the sketch as a guide to position the nails

Cut the rusty nails with wire cutters using the drawing as a guide.

Cut the nails to size

Gently push the cut nails into the balsa wood or cardboard base.

Push the rusty nails up through the platform

Adjust the height of the stilts and apply a drop of glue to hold them in place.

Pro tip: ensure the bottom of the stilts line up so you don’t end up with a wobbly house.

Glue the rusty nail in place

You should end up with something like this. The silts are below the balsa wood, and the wall supports are sticking out on top.

A view of the platform from the side

Cut, or tear the paper walls using the distance between and the height of the rusty nails as a guide.

Tear the scrap paper to form walls for the house

Here’s another view to give you a better idea of how I cut my walls.

Glue the paper walls to the rusty nail supports

You should have at least four walls, maybe more if your paper house is fancy.

Tear the scrap paper to form walls for the house

Adding doors and windows

There are many ways to make windows and doors for a little paper house. You can draw or paint them directly onto the paper or use wooden craft sticks. I did a combination of both. The door is a tongue depressor.

Cut a tongue depressor to make a tiny door for the paper house

I cut the tip off and scored it with a craft knife to distress before staining the tip with our rusty nail muti.

Distress and paint the miniature door

I drew the hinges and doorknob with a marker, but you can get creative and use charms, beads, or twigs. The windows are also hand drawn.

Draw the windows on with a pen

Once happy, glue the paper walls onto the rusty nail supports. Glue toothpicks along the roof line to provide extra support for the next step, adding the roof.

Glue toothpicks on the inside of the thatch roof for extra support

Making a miniature thatch roof

In a big world, the house style dictates your roof covering. The same is true in a miniature world. You can make tiny roof tiles using craft foam or cut up a tin can if a metal roof is more your thing. I chose a thatch roof to complement the rustic paper-textured walls. I could have used coconut fibre if the house was a little bigger. This one is only 15 cm x 10 cm (4.5″ x 4″), and there’s no way I’m cutting and aligning all those teeny, tiny fibres. I don’t mind cutting twine, though. So if you have a miniature house and want to make a thatch roof like this one, this is how you do it.

This paper house with a miniature thatch roof is made entirely from scraps and recycled materials, giving it a creative, whimsical feel. The lights add a little magic, and we all need more of that in our lives. In this step-by-step tutorial, we’ll show you how you can make your own and share an easy way to thatch a small roof. #ACraftyMix

Cut a strip of cardstock a little wider and longer than the paper house. Fold the cardstock using the shape of the walls as a guide to make a roof.

Glue the paper walls to the rusty nail supports

Cut equal lengths of the twine and glue it down on top of the cardstock roof. This first layer disguises the cardstock and bulks it up a little. If you’re using thicker cardboard, you can skip this step.

Cut twine onto the cardboard roof to bulk it up a little

Cut thin strips of cardboard. I used a toilet paper roll. Tape the strips down, leaving a gap of about 2 cm (1”) between each strip. Going in the same direction, glue pieces of twine onto the cardboard strips. Try to glue the twine as closely as possible without overlapping the pieces.

Glue the cut twine onto strips of cardboard

Once the glue dries, flip the glued twine over and cut it into sections, as shown below.

Cut the twine into sections

Thatching the miniature roof

Glue the twine sections onto the roof, starting at the bottom and working your way up to the top.

Glue the cut twine onto strips of cardboard

Each twine section should overlap the one below it to create layers of “thatch”. Wait for the glue to dry completely before gently teasing the ends of the twine sections.

Use a toothpick to separate the fibres

To make the ridge at the top of the roof, glue the cut pieces of twine onto a strip of cardboard. Trim the ends to neaten it up.

Glue the cut twine onto a strip of cardboard

Fold the cardboard in half lengthwise and glue the ridge on.

This paper house with a miniature thatch roof is made entirely from scraps and recycled materials, giving it a creative, whimsical feel. The lights add a little magic, and we all need more of that in our lives. In this step-by-step tutorial, we’ll show you how you can make your own and share an easy way to thatch a small roof. #ACraftyMix

For fun, curl a piece of twine around itself and glue it to the front and back of the miniature thatch roof.

This paper house with a miniature thatch roof is made entirely from scraps and recycled materials, giving it a creative, whimsical feel. The lights add a little magic, and we all need more of that in our lives. In this step-by-step tutorial, we’ll show you how you can make your own and share an easy way to thatch a small roof. #ACraftyMix

Lift the roof and pop a tealight inside for a warm, inviting glow.

This paper house with a miniature thatch roof is made entirely from scraps and recycled materials, giving it a creative, whimsical feel. The lights add a little magic, and we all need more of that in our lives. In this step-by-step tutorial, we’ll show you how you can make your own and share an easy way to thatch a small roof. #ACraftyMix

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This paper house with a miniature thatch roof is made entirely from scraps and recycled materials, giving it a creative, whimsical feel. The lights add a little magic, and we all need more of that in our lives. In this step-by-step tutorial, we’ll show you how you can make your own and share an easy way to thatch a small roof. #ACraftyMix

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This paper house with a miniature thatch roof is made entirely from scraps and recycled materials, giving it a creative, whimsical feel. The lights add a little magic, and we all need more of that in our lives. In this step-by-step tutorial, we’ll show you how you can make your own and share an easy way to thatch a small roof. #ACraftyMix

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This paper house with a miniature thatch roof is made entirely from scraps and recycled materials, giving it a creative, whimsical feel. The lights add a little magic, and we all need more of that in our lives. In this step-by-step tutorial, we’ll show you how you can make your own and share an easy way to thatch a small roof. #ACraftyMix

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