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Friday, September 23, 2016

Stone House Tutorial

Hello dear readers,

As promised, here is the tutorial.  I chose it as a Christmas gift to you, because these kind of stone
walled houses are what you see in Bethlehem, Nazareth, Jerusalem and other ancient cities in Israel. If you wish, there is enough time to create a Nativity scene using this technique.

First of all, please watch again very carefully the video here. It shows you exactly how to carve the styrofoam.

The sizes are in centimeters.


Styrofoam trays 0.5 cm thick.  Use only the center parts which are completely flat and unmarked.
Color not important. (My trays are 23 x 17.5 yielding a workable piece of about 15 x 10 centimeters.)

Tacky glue ( or any quick drying white plastic glue that dries clear).  You can try to glue two spare pieces of foam together to see if it works. My advice is to practice on spare pieces before taking on a project.

Acrylic paints.
Terracotta,  Flesh color and linen or beige.

Mod podge.  I don't have any at hand and will use diluted tacky glue to seal the pieces.

One wooden tongue depressor and one larger craft stick for window and door.

A little piece of brown fimo. Tiny bits of findings for door knob and hinges.


Cut out the center flat part of the tray. I used three.

Trim it to 15 x 10 to make the side walls, 3 cm each and the back 9 cm. Do not cut, you can start carving the three together, following the video tutorial above.

Now you can cut away the side walls from the back and cut out the triangle.

Take the second cut out piece of flat foam to make the front wall and the roof.

This is how to cut the ends of the roof tiles.

The third cut out is for the base. You can make a larger base for outdoor decoration.
This tutorial is for a simple cottage only.  After you acquire the skill you can make different
designed houses.

This is the door, windows and flower box. ( I prepared one more window as a spare) Cut the craft sticks to the desired size.  From the brown fimo you roll out a long snake and place it around the cut pieces.  Bake the door and window (not the foam flower boxes.) The foam will melt away if you bake it.

Paint all the walls the color of your choice and glue them together. First glue the side walls to the back as shown.

Next glue the door and window  to the front piece.

Glue the front to the back and to the base.

Glue on the roof.

To seal the house you'll need to use Mod Podge or diluted white plastic glue.
(One part glue, 2 parts water.)  Looks like like milk.

Paint the house all over with this mixture. Seems a little messy but not to worry if will dry out fine.

The finished house.  I hope this was not too long a tutorial and apologize for my not very eloquent
English.  I'll be happy to answer any questions.

I wish you all a wonderful sunny weekend and blessings.


  1. Thanks for this great tutorial. It seems very easy to make this house, but I think it is not so easy. :) Hugs, Melli

  2. Un tutorial muy bueno, Drora, y una casita preciosa. Gracias por compartirlo. Un beso

  3. A great tutorial, thank you so very much for taking the time! Blessings, Pam in Norway

  4. Preciosa casita y un perfecto foto-tutorial!!Muchas gracias Drora!
    Que pases un buen fin de semana!!

  5. Thank you for a wonderful tutorial! It is very understandable and detailed.

  6. El tutorial es perfecto, Drora! Perfectamente ilustrado y explicado. Voy a intentarlo porque me encanta la casita y además tiene infinidad de posibilidades. Gracias! Un beso

  7. Drora thank you so much for the wonderful tutorial. It is very easy to understand. Great idea to make a nativity scene with it.
    Warm Hugs Maria

  8. Unas estupendas explicaciones. Gracias.

  9. Thank you for sharing your tutorial Drora. It will be a lovely project for me to share and complete with my Neice X

  10. Dear Drora, thank you so much for the effort you took to write this wonderful tutorial, it's easy to understand.
    Have a nice Sunday. Warm hugs, Ilona

  11. .And another lovely little house
    !Thanks for sharing the steps

  12. Muchisimas gracias por este tutorial tan estupendo.

  13. Thank you very much for this wonderful tutorial - it was very well shown and very well explained. Thanks for sharing this with us and for taking your time... I'll save this on my "One day I want to try"-list... ;O)


  14. Amazing! Love your tutorial. It's so well explained. The end result house is the cutest!

  15. Hello Drora,
    thank you so much for the great tutorial. It really is a beautiful house.
    Big hug

  16. A beautiful tutorial. Yhns dear Drora.


  17. Excellente tutorial....un gran abrazo a Drora
    que maravillas de trabajos ....

  18. Gracias mil gracias me encanta y lo puedo hacer xq esta en cm sos de lo mas gracias