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Ivy Rose Shoebox Cottage 016

Ivy Rose Shoebox Cottage 016
These are photos of Ivy Rose's shoebox cottage. It's almost finished and will soon be ready for her to occupy.

The structure's base is 3/16" foam board. The cottage is right about 12 1/2" tall from roof peak to base, 6 1/4" wide and 2 7/8" deep. I made it this size in order for it to fit into the shoebox sized shipping boxes I purchased for these small dolls. I elected to make the cottages as I felt it was so much more interesting to have the cottage instead of a doll stand!

First, the foam board is coated on both sides with Mod Podge to prevent it from warping during the decoupage stage.

Each piece of foam board is cut to size and then covered with the same brown paper used for wrapping packages. I use Elmer's glue to attach the paper to the board. It must be wrapped tightly around all edges, so burnishing is required.

Each section is fitted and glued to the next section. It takes some thought to do it in the proper sequence so you don't accidentally "paint yourself in a corner".

You can use Elmer's glue to attach the pieces together, or use Fabri-Tac glue, which is stronger and dries faster. I push straight pins through the foam board to hold the pieces together until they dry; then pull them out for safety's sake.

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