How to use your kit.

Top tip: Relax and enjoy yourselves, there are no rules and you can’t do it wrong!

Hot glue gun:
This little glue gun is highly versatile and is perfect for hobbies and crafting.

Wood/cold glue:

A thin layer of cold glue is all that’s required when gluing wood pieces to wood. Eg: door/window onto house and/or house onto base. If used sparingly, the cold glue will hold your pieces in place after 5 minutes. It’s wise to have a damp rag handy for wiping the excess cold glue, even though the cold glue dries clear, the lump of glue is very visible once you paint over it.

Painting:
Use a dry brush to apply the paint to the supawood structure. Have a damp paint rag at hand to clean and dry the brushes after rinsing.
Paint all components first, house, roof, door and window and allow to dry separately (about 5 mins)
Also cut and paint any of the foam paper attachments like the door frame and awning. Use a double layer of foam paper, glued together for the door frame. Cut, shape and decorate the awning.
If you intend to make tables and chairs later, it’s wise to paint your log slices now. The paint on the wood slices takes much longer to dry.

Assembly:

I prefer using cold glue for this step. First, lay your house flat and glue the door and the frame into position. It’s important to consider the style of your path or whether you want steps, so leave some space under the door.

While waiting for the door to set in place (it takes a few minutes for the cold glue to hold) start constructing your window. I used a contrasting page as background and cut 1 of the self-adhesive fabric squares to look like curtains. Peel away the fabric and place it on the paper, glue the window frame on top of the curtains and trim away any excess afterwards. Again, the cold glue is best for these fiddly jobs.

By now, the door is holding in place, so flip your house to add the window on whichever side you want.

If you don’t have the patience to wait for the cold glue to hold, you can use a blob of hot glue to attach both door and window, however, the hot glue is instant and you’ll not be able to reposition if you are unhappy with the placement. Hot glue is required to attach the awning to the door frame.

Painting over the laser sign is not recommended. Paint the back of the welcome sign if you intend to write your own welcome message. Use hot glue to secure your sign.

Once you have assembled your house it’s time to glue it in position on the base.

Tip: If you decide on a pure white gravel path, it’s best to paint the shape of your path in white before adding the glue and stones.

Landscaping:

For best results, use cold glue for the landscaping. Start with your path and work around your house in sections. Spread the glue using a paintbrush or a coffee stirrer stick and add your path design of wood pavers, stones or gravel. If you are using the gravel, use the coffee stirrer to help shape your path. I like sprinkling a little grass in between to cover the glue and to add a realistic look.

Hot glue is best for attaching the fence. If you know the position of the fence, then glue it on before you start landscaping. If you add the fence later, use the coffee stirrer to scrape away the cold glue before attempting the hot glue. These 2 are not friends and the hot glue won’t hold on the unset cold glue. Once you have the fence in place cover the hot glue with cold glue and sprinkle some grass to hide the blobs.

Foliage:

It’s best to cut through and separate the plastic leaves. Add them individually with hot or cold glue. The reindeer moss can be stubborn and will require perseverance to glue it in place. Break off smaller pieces of moss and use generous lumps of cold glue, use a coffee stirrer to press the moss into the glue.

Once you have your foliage in place, use cold glue to attach your flowers.

Tip: cut off the wire stems and set them aside, they are very useful for hanging bells and adding details to foam paper crafting