Doors, Drawers & Windows: Making Interactive Books and Boxes with Randi Parkhurst – Day 2
The second day of Randi’s class was much easier. Apparently doors are less complicated than windows. Unless you make a revolving door. Just don’t ever do that.
I came into class early and was able to finish my swiveling window. Hurray!
We started the day by working on a hinged door.
We made teeny little hinges out of paper and Tyvek, then slid them onto a bamboo skewer (so clever!). The hinge flaps were glued in between 2 layers of mat board.
The sliding door used some of the same techniques as the first, in that we created a Tyvek hinge that was sandwiched between pieces of mat board. The loop slid onto a bamboo skewer, as you can see in the bottom right of the photo below.
We made a cornice that hid the bamboo rail with stops to help control how far the door would move. As this is a Vermont house, there are big gaps around the door. In fact, both of my windows aren’t airtight.
Definitely a Vermont house.
Next, we added 3 interior walls. These helped to stabilize the structure and created little nooks where would could add drawers or little books.
Hey – I raised a house!
At this point, we were free to experiment with adding drawers and shelves. I made a cool drawer, but I put the shelf in too high.
I’m going to put some feet on the drawer so it looks like I did it on purpose. Don’t tell. Oh, and I’ll also add a drawer pull of some kind and a little book to live on the shelf.
You may be thinking to yourself, “Wait a second, where’s the roof?” Well, I did make a roof, but forgot to take pictures. And it’s not finished.
We ran out of time in class to complete the roof, but I have the directions. Once it’s complete, I’ll write a follow-up post so you can see the completed house.