Building a giant Mouse Mansion isn't difficult, but it takes a lot of time. The first Mouse mansion took four years to finish! But once you get the hang of it, you won't be able to stop. Isn't it great to be able to create any room you dream of?
As you can see in the pictures, the Mouse Mansion is a higgledy-piggledy building. It's like that because it was built room by room and gradually grew to its current size. The Mouse Mansion is made from cardboard boxes stacked on top of each other. After they are glued together, they are smeared with papier-mache. This makes the building incredibly strong and gives it a beautiful texture. During the building process, the house would sometimes start to tilt one way. This was fixed by building new rooms on the other side. Now it has perfect balance!
We just finished building a second Mouse Mansion. In the pictures below, you can see how it looks from the front and the back.
When the papier-mache has dried, we add blinds, doors and window frames. Beams are glued in corners and covered with a layer of papier-mache. After that, everything is painted. We always use brown paint for the edges, and whatever color we like for the doors and windows. The Mouse Mansion is inspired by styles from different areas around the world and by several time-periods. We just copy whatever we love; anything goes!
After the structure is finished, we start working on the inside of the rooms. We use paper with nice patterns to decorate the walls. Sometimes we even use fabric. If you look at the tutorial-sections of this webpage, you'll find a video demonstrating how we do it. And we provide wallpapers for you to download! Wooden floors are made from popsicle sticks and tiled floors are made from black-and-white cardboard. There's a video available showing you how!
When the walls and floors of the rooms are done, it's time to furnish them. We obtain furnishings from many different sources. It all depends on the room. We make a lot of furniture ourselves, from wood, clay or cardboard. Some materials we buy at the hobby-supply shop, and sometimes we buy old miniatures at the flea market. We use whatever we like!
If you have a great idea for building a Mouse Mansion, please let us know in the comments. We would love to learn from you!