Apr 18, 2013

personalized paper-cut house

did you catch the DIY paper-cut houses i shared on eighteen25 last week? if not, here they are for your viewing pleasure: it's a super simple DIY project featuring...your house! 

time : minutes
difficulty  ★  ☆ ☆  
would i do it again? : yes!

see the easy step-by-step after the jump!

these paper-cut houses are perfect for the entry area of your home...and make for a thoughtful housewarming gift as well!

here's what you need: 

take a picture of your home, if you don't already have a suitable one. you need a shot that is looking straight-on at the house. if you're making this as a gift, check the real estate listing online -- usually there's a perfect shot of the front of the house you'll be able to use.

you don't need to print a high-quality version of your picture. it doesn't even have to be in color. all we're concerned with is the outline of the house...and since we're just going to cut it up, feel free to print it on normal copy paper.

layer the printed photo of your home over a piece of cardstock and tape them together on a cutting mat to keep them in place.
the windows are awful in this old picture -- we've since gotten new ones.

using your very sharp blade, carefully trace around the outline of your home. make sure you apply enough pressure to go through the picture and the cardstock underneath. 

i found it helpful to use a spare piece of cardstock as a cutting guide for straight edges:

after cutting around the whole house:

...here's the cardstock underneath.
separate the cut-out of your home.

you can frame and hang it at this point if you want. i simply taped the cut-out to the back of the frame and left the backing off. call it a cheap man's floating frame. :)

if you want to jazz it up a bit, then it's time to grab your washi tape and a new sheet of cardstock:

i first tried laying strips of tape haphazardly.
avert your eyes if you're prone to nausea.

it's not completely terrible in the frame:

i actually like the willy-nilly pattern in the house shape surrounded by the clean white cardstock...but maybe i should have tried using just one tape.

next, i lined up strips of washi tape horizontally on a new sheet of cardstock:

...and here it is in the frame:
aaaaah, much better!

this is the one i ended up hanging in our entryway:

from the side:
i don't put glass in my frames unless i'm forced to -- i don't like glare.

if you don't have any washi tape, don't fear! the background possibilities are endless. how about fabric?
just glue the fabric to a sheet of cardstock and insert behind your cut-out.

you could even simply place a different color sheet of paper behind the cut-out. classic black? neon pink? or metallic paper. glitter paper! vellum. a sheet of mesh. thin copper sheet metal. burlap!

or...use colored or patterned paper for the cut-out of the house!

so. many. possibilities!

are you going to try this project?
what will you use as your background?

don't forget, you can see a full list of my diy projects here!

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  1. This is such a cute idea for some quick & easy art! The fabric you used is funky. I'm really loving southwestern inspired patterns lately...

    1. thanks janelle! yes, i have a bad habit of buying a yard or two of fabric just because i love it....not with any real purpose for it in mind.

  2. Hi there! New reader here :) I have no idea how I stumbled upon your site (I can't even remember, ha!!) but I'm so glad I did! :) Your home is lovely!

    Fabulously Vintage

    1. hi shannon! i'm so glad you found us, thanks for the kind words!

  3. This is awesome! I can't wait to make one of my own! Of course, seeing as how my to-do list is a mile long, it might be awhile :)

  4. love this. I really would like to make one now!

    1. hi justynn, i'd love to see your version when you're done! :)


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