Thursday, October 24, 2013

A Tudor House

Cate came home with instructions for her homework: create a Tudor home no larger than a shoe box. They are learning about the Great Fire of London in 1666. She was very excited about it. Me: not so much. I hate it when I have homework too. We had three weeks to complete it. So with one week to go before it had to be handed in I googled Tudor houses and we set to work. I did not want to be the only one to work on this - she HAD to be involved. Here's what we did:

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I glued my Blackberry box to a icing sugar box carefully. We then fitted it with an overhanging window, a dormer window and the roof with bits of cardboard. We also outlined the 'wooden' beams for that authentic Tudor look.  Cate and I then custom fitted a cardboard roof complete with cardboard chimney and then she painted it all white.

Our overhanging window is coming together.
Painting it white.
All white and ready for detail.

 Then came the details. Cate painted all the wooden trim, followed by the chimney and the windows themselves.

Painting the details
Finishing touches on the roof and chimney

Finally we added straw - which we nicked from a funny bush that grows giant bushy reeds in the front garden. We glued it on and then trimmed it with scissors. Finally, we added a little cotton wool to the chimney for smoke and VOILA - our rich merchants Tudor home was complete. Pity they are going to burn it at school!


1 comment:

Go ahead, make my day!