printable neighborhood – the front porch

This week’s printable is all about the classic front porch – if I had room, I’d even add a porch swing.

It may be February, and it may be cold in many parts of the country (including mine, yikes!) but as I dream about the ideal house in my future: all I want is a front porch. I want a big fat porch that might wrap around a side or two. A porch that’s deep enough that I could hide in the corner, curled up in a chair with a cuppa something delicious (hot or cold, depending on the season), watching the street life go by. Preferably it’s a tree-lined, old-fashioned, quiet street where the noise and hubbub is all about families, kids, and dogs on leashes. I guess that might qualify as the American dream, right?

It’s particularly enticing to me right now. Between the cold weather, and our rather stand-offish, suburban, porch-less neighborhood, the friendly features of a porch become even more important to me. It’s a place to be quietly friendly towards the neighbors with a wave and a nod. It’s a place to set pumpkins at Halloween and harbor twinkling lights at Christmas. On rainy days I could still sit outside, covered and cozy, and listen to the drops falling and the wind in the trees. In reality, would it be all of those things? Probably not, real life is often messier, busier, and not nearly as rosy. But the idea that it would be right there waiting outside my front door is still a soothing moment in a hectic day.

Printable House Instructions:

  1. Download and print.
  2. Cut out your house along its edges.
  3. Fold all of the creases before getting out the glue.
  4. Then, with a glue stick, glue a couple tabs at a time, assembling as you go. Start at the inside corner of the building and work towards the final side tab.
  5. Cut and glue the front porch separately, then attach to the house by lining the edges up with the dotted lines.
  6. Enjoy!


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  • http://www.craftingconnections.net/ Andrea Folsom

    I’ve just learned about these adorable houses! I can’t believe I didn’t know about them sooner – I’m going to print out a whole town!!