Rhonda Weppler

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Cabin fever

April 2020
Museum of Arts and Design, New York City

Make a tiny cabin out of card, matchsticks, and a twist tie. This charming abode can flatten and fit inside an envelope. Send to a friend who could use a tiny retreat!

The short version…

Walls and roof of the cabin are cut from thin cardboard.

They sandwich pieces of twist tie which allow the sides to fold up stiffly.

Toothpicks glued to the underside of the roof provide a lip that keeps the walls from popping open once assembled.

The cabin is painted with acrylic paint. Details can also be added with fine permanent marker. Once dry, the cabin is sealed with clear nail polish.

A chimney is made out of four matchsticks bundled together and painted with nail polish. The brick detailing is made using a permanent marker.

A forest backdrop can be added and mailed with the cabin.

In the wild…

It made it! The cabin I made in this video arrived at my friend Liz’s cabin on Cortes Island in British Columbia, Canada. Here it is on her cabin’s windowsill.