How to Make Building Scenery Out of Cardboard

by Tiffany Raiford
Architectural instruments are not required to make a building background from cardboard.

Architectural instruments are not required to make a building background from cardboard.

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Building scenery is often used as a backdrop for productions such as plays. The background scenery is important to the production so that audience members know where the characters are, which is often important to the roles the characters play. Typically, unprofessional productions such as school plays make their own background scenery and cardboard is one of the choice materials when creating buildings. However, plays are not the only occasions when you might find yourself in need of building scenery; you might need it to create a holiday decoration, a class project or to decorate a room.

Items you will need

  • Cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Scissors
Step 1

Create a rough draft of the building scenery you want on a piece of paper. This gives you a visual of what your scenery will look like and how you want it to appear when you create it on cardboard.

Step 2

Gather an ample supply of cardboard. You can purchase large pieces at stores or you can disassemble boxes in various sizes and use them to create your cardboard building scenery.

Step 3

Draw the outline of each building you are making on a piece of cardboard and cut the building out with scissors; children's safety scissors probably will not work on cardboard so you will need heavy duty scissors for this.

Step 4

Draw windows, doors and other building décor on your building cutouts and paint them. Paint the building itself, the windows and the other accessories that go on your buildings. If you are creating a nighttime scene with your cardboard buildings you might consider painting some windows with yellow to show that the lights are on and paint the others with black to show that the lights are off.

Step 5

Display your building scenery by attaching it to the backdrop where the scene is being used or displayed.

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