Micro House In Paper

So a few years ago I designed a pattern for a glitter house styled after my own house. I got the scale down to under 4.5 inches. The printed pattern fits on two letter-size sheets of thin cardstock. Since I didn’t have a Glowforge back then I had to cut it out by hand with an exacto and a magnifier. It took ages, but I love my tiny house. It sits on the mantle at Christmas.

Fast forward to current times: since I got my Glowforge, I decided to use the same house pattern I created to cut another kit. While I was setting up the file for the glowforge, I wondered if I could shrink the pattern down to an “ornament” sized house. After a little tweaking, I was able to fit the entire pattern onto a half-letter size sheet of card stock. The Glowforge scores and cuts the tiniest details, producing a micro pattern of my house that when assembled is just under 2.5” tall!

Here’s prototype no. 1 on a full sheet on the forge:

I used 105 lb Stardream Metallic stock. It’s plenty thick, good quality and can take a deep score without coming apart (important when bending gluetabs the size of a grain of rice). Comes in a good variety of colors. Hopefully they continue to make this paper. I may make other micro houses for friends and neighbors. So it was back to a magnifier and tweezers to assemble this house, which used less than two drops of glue.

Anyhow…

This is a photo of my real house decked out for our neighborhood’s late summer lantern festival. While assembling my wee Glowforge house, I decided to hang “lanterns” from the porch. To give you an idea how tiny this is, the lanterns are 4mm opalescent glass beads on the thinnest wire headpins I could find.


Like his bigger brother, this micro house has peach vellum windowpanes, and a mini button-battery light for glowing windows.

I haven’t decided if I want to make a version with cardstock colors to match my house paint colors or if I want to try to tweak the pattern a bit more to get closer in accuracy. For now, I’m considering painting this little one, coating with glitter, or maybe just leaving as is.

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That’s beautiful! As is your mini one - I know what a pain it is to Xacto score paper in straight lines :slight_smile:

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It’s so cute! Love the lanterns!

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Thanks so much for sharing this project with the community. You are really masterful with these mini and micro houses. Beautiful.

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Super cool

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It really is small. Makes your quarter look big. The detail is amazing too.

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That is amazing! A true talent!

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Absolutely precious!!!

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I would bet that with very light flat scoring you could add the texture and trim.

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Great idea. The Stardream is lighter with a grey core under the metallic surface. Could get some cool effects I think!

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Just a Little Smaller and you got Ear Rings

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Ohmygosh, the lanterns are genius! Love the whole piece, and now I want one like my house. :laughing:

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I love this!! And I love those lanterns so much! :heart:

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This is amazing. You have the patience of Job!

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Love this!

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Terrific house! Nice job, love the foldable parts idea! Going to have to check out that paper…

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The laser is capable of fine details but my brain still thinks in dimensions driven by the capabilities of other tools. thanks for reminding me that i can think smaller.

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I did find a limit with this. I feel like with the size of my fingers and my middle aged eyesight, I probably can’t go a whole lot smaller without some special tools and optics. :laughing:

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I love them both! Excellent work!

Paper is the coolest medium.

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Fantastic! I love the lanterns (both on the real house and the mini)!

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