Classic Outhouse

Project Description: 
I designed an outhouse to go with Ledge Village but this is NOT that design. (Here is a link to that one.) While doing so I just knew there was a place for a classic outhouse, one that wasn't truncated to fit on the ledge. This is that design, an old-fashioned outhouse. It is a one-holer and set for all the humorous applications you can think of for it. It is an easy to assemble beginner level 3D building project and is both Cameo and Portrait friendly.

Supplies Needed:

  • Template from Silhouette On-Line Store here.
  • Glue dots 3/16"
  • Silhouette Cameo or Portrait
  • Card Stock - Brown, green and black

Steps for completing the 3-D Outhouse:

1. Download the cutting file for your Silhouette Cutting machine from 3DCuts.com here. It is also available at the Silhouette online Store.

2. Prepare the files:
  • The downloaded Silhouette file for the Outhouse looks like this. 

It fits on a 8.5 x 11 sheet of card stock so it can be cut on either a Portrait or Cameo cutting machine. 
3. Separate and cut the files.
  • The settings will depend on the paper you use. I have been using card stock and cutting at a speed of 3, a depth of 33 and the blade set to 3.
  • Copy the grass and paste it to its own file which will be cut in green.
  • Copy the roof, paste it into its own file and cut from black
  • Cut just the main building piece from brown.
  • Carefully remove the cut files from the backing mat.
  • Here are the parts for this building project. Grass is not shown because I added that later.

4. Fold the outhouse.
  • Note each cut file has dotted lines. These are fold lines. 
  • Fold all the dotted lines inward.

5. Glue all seams starting with the seat. 

  • I like to use Glue Dots on the edges although other glue types are appropriate. 

  • It is important to make square corners. I start at the bottom and get that even and then move up to the roof line. For this project, fold the seat into place first and glue that. 

  • Next glue the bottom to the sides.

  • Then glue up the long side seam also adding a few glue dots to the bottom of the seat to attach it to the floor.

  • Glue the roof in place. It is easiest to glue the roof portion with 3 tabs first and then glue the roof portion with 2 tabs second.

  • You can reach in through the door to press all seams in place.
  • Add the top roof. It has an over hang in both the front and back.

  • Glue the grass around the base.

  • All Done!

Have fun with it!

© 2013 Marji Roy, Ashbee Design

1 comment:

  1. Looking for funny stories. Who did you give the outhouse to and why???