Weathered Cardboard Siding

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I had a lot of people on Instagram ask me how I made the weathered siding for my house so I am posting a tutorial! :) Feel free to ask me questions on here or on my IG account (dollhousejournal)! This technique super simple and fun to do!

Supplies:
Cardboard (I used cereal boxes)
Scissors
Ruler
Pencil
White School Glue
Acrylic Paint (I used brown and cream)

Step 1.  Measure and cut cereal box into strips.

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Step 2.  Paint strips with base color and let dry completely.

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Step 3.  Apply a thin layer of white school glue.

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Step 4.  When the glue is tacky to the touch, brush on the top coat of paint.  I applied it unevenly, leaving bare spots here and there for a more distressed look.

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Notes:

-  I used a glossy paint as the base coat and a matte paint for the top coat.  I have noticed the matte paint seems to crackle really well!

-  The strips do warp a bit when they are painted.  I used tacky glue to apply them to the house and they straightened out just fine.  You could probably flatten them between heavy books as well.

 

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What a great effect! Thanks for sharing the details.

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That looks so great! Glue is cheaper than crack medium too... fantastic idea!

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That turned out fabulously!  I need to go stalk your instagram

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39 minutes ago, Samusa said:

That looks so great! Glue is cheaper than crack medium too... fantastic idea!

Thank you, Samantha! :)

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3 minutes ago, AndreaJane said:

That turned out fabulously!  I need to go stalk your instagram

Thanks so much!  See you on IG! ;)

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What a great tutorial!  Thank you.

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Looks great! Good to see how you did it, thanks!

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Very cool look. I will apply this to a fence for my project. I appreciate the tutorial and your timing is right on! 

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1 hour ago, havanaholly said:

What a great tutorial!  Thank you.

Thank you Holly!! <3

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1 hour ago, shannonc60 said:

Looks great! Good to see how you did it, thanks!

Thank you!!!

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31 minutes ago, Luanne said:

Very cool look. I will apply this to a fence for my project. I appreciate the tutorial and your timing is right on! 

This would be perfect for a fence!!  In fact I once lived in a house that had a fence the looked quite similar! :)

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Amber:clap:Wowsers!!

...looks like a real antique

Thanx for the tutorial.

 

 

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Thank you sharing the tutorial. I'll have to file that in vault. :bigwink:

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Fabulous job!! I'll add this to our tutorial section :) Thanks for sharing this!

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15 hours ago, mesp2k said:

Amber:clap:Wowsers!!

...looks like a real antique

Thanx for the tutorial.

Thank you so much, Mike! :)

 

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1 hour ago, Minis On The Edge said:

Fabulous job!! I'll add this to our tutorial section :) Thanks for sharing this!

Oh, thank you Tracy! :)

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Thanks again for this --I'm going to try it out on a smaller scale project!

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I am trying this method right now on my Beetlejuice house, but I am just painting the siding white, not crackling it.

 

I'll have to try that on a future project.

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I'm excited to see the results! This looks like an inexpensive alternative to wood, and the best part? No sanding!

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Wow thank you for sharing.  What a great idea. Looks great 

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How thick are you cutting the pieces? Ive been starting with 1cm but am worried they may be a bit small.

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