Thursday, 24 May 2012
H's finished Aztec house project
We finished the Aztec house project on Tuesday. I took some photos before H took it home.
For the base, we used pizza box cardboard, painted brown with poster paint (which I originally bought for our earlier bridge project). As H wanted to make a floating garden, we made a pond / part of a lake, using kitchen foil and cling film, with some pebbles to hide the edges.. The actual floating garden is fully made of painted egg carton bits.
The house is made of a cat food box. We sort of designed it after a picture on this page on Aztec Life (pinned below)
The 'roof' is made of Barry's Tea box, but we left it mainly open, so that you can see what's in the house.. The 'support beams' are balsa wood.. There's a stone in the house for tortilla making surface, and another one outside, partly for decorative reasons, but also to work as a weight and keep the base from curling up.. We cut basins out of an egg carton, and painted them, filling most of them with craft beads (that looked like fruit & veg), one with foil and cling film (to look like water), and leaving one empty.. We glued larger beads here and there, to look like dishes and vases, and there are some dried plants in some of the vases.. I was out of printer ink, so I had to draw the Aztec couple, which were then glued on thin card (from some food packaging), cut out, supported with a balsa beam, and glued to place..
Oh, the 'steam bath' was cut from a water bottle, fattened up with some newspaper, and painted. We glued a black piece of paper for its doorway, and then made a flap door, mainly to hide the glossy black.. Not sure if the flap door is that authentic, but we made it up =P