It had been quite some time since I’d watched the film Amelie, so the other night I popped in the DVD for old times sake and began watching. I cannot believe how much I’d forgotten! Amelie is such a vibrant visual feast of a film, and oh, the humour. I was laughing out loud over the subtlest moments – it’s all in the looks that the characters give each other when one is not looking.
While watching Amelie I sat on the couch with my concept book and began doodling an idea for a new paper project. This is one for the Francophiles. Or really, anyone with a love for apartments and playing with paper – A printable paper dolls house inspired by the Parisian apartment in the film Amelie.
Make a French Inspired Paper Apartment
You will need:
- 3x A4 card (must be able to pass through your printer)
- Colouring pens, pencils or paints
- Sticky tape
- Art knife
- Cutting board
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If you are unable to print the template pages on to cardboard, here’s a neat little trick. You can print the templates onto regular paper, then glue the pages onto cardboard. When I’m on a tight budget I use breakfast cereal boxes.
If kids are working on this project, I recommend that an adult take over on Step 4, as an art knife is required for cutting.
1/ Print template at 100%. (3 pages)
2/ Using pens, pencils or paints, give the template pieces a splash of colour. There are two walls, one floor and one bunny paper doll to colour in.
3/ Using scissors, cut along the outside solid lines of all the template pieces.
4/ Using the art knife and board, carefully cut around the wall lamp and hanging plant, as per the broken lines. Ensure that the fold lines are not cut off.
5/ Fold the joining tabs inward, on the wall sections.
6/ Glue these sections to the exterior edge of the apartment walls and floor. An added measure, press lengths of sticky tape over these joins. You will now have a three-dimensional corner space.
7/ Fold the hanging plant sideways. Fold down the wall lamp extension in two places.
8/ Curl the paper doll tab and tape the ends together. The paper doll will stand up on it’s own. Now you’re ready to play. Yay!