Houses for Haiti Lesson Plan

Two amaz­ing teach­ers in Florida came up with a cre­ative idea to raise money for Haiti after the 2010 earth­quake.  After dis­cov­er­ing “Haiti Houses” on the inter­net, I was inspired to try it for myself and make a few changes.  Below is my ver­sion of this project. Visit to see how much money has been raised for Haiti relief with “Haiti Houses”.
  • Stu­dents will choose a wor­thy cause to sup­port, such as sup­port­ing an orphan­age or rebuild­ing homes in Haiti. 
  • Stu­dents will use their cre­ativ­ity and design skills to cre­ate items they can sell as a fundraiser to sup­port their cause! 
  • 1” strips of light­weight card­board or chipboard
  • 3” x 3” squares of dec­o­ra­tive paper (at least 3 dif­fer­ent designs).  This could be scrap book­ing paper, gift wrap, col­or­ful mag­a­zines, or paper you dec­o­rate yourself.
  • glue stick (for best results, use the Avery per­ma­nent glue stick)
  • scis­sors
  • peel and stick mag­netic tape
  • mask­ing tape
  • Triple Thick sealer (it’s non-toxic!)
  1. First, cover your work sur­face with newspaper.
  2. Cut your card­board into squares, rec­tan­gles and tri­an­gles of var­i­ous sizes.
  3. Glue these shapes onto the back of your dec­o­ra­tive paper.  Give the glue a minute or so to set. 
  4. Next, cut around each of your shapes, cut­ting away the extra paper.
  5. Then, glue a roof (tri­an­gle) to the top of each house (square or rectangle).
  6. Use scraps of paper to add doors and windows.
  7. Add a mag­net to the back with peel and stick mag­netic tape.
  8. Use a piece of mask­ing tape to make a small tape roll to attach each house to a pre-printed card with the price, an expla­na­tion of where the money will go, and the name of the artist who made the magnet.  
  9. Squeeze a pud­dle of Triple Thick onto the front of your house and coax it care­fully to the edges with a soft brush, adding more as needed. To get a nice thick coat, don’t brush it more than you have to… just enough to cover the sur­face and reach each of the edges. Work care­fully, squeez­ing out small amounts at a time. It’s easy to add more, but not so easy to remove any excess that flows over the edges! (Be sure to rinse out your brush right away, if you ever want to use it again!)
  10. Set your house aside until the Triple Thick is com­pletely dry (at least a cou­ple of hours, but overnight is best).


  • If this project is used as a fundraiser, set goals and track your progress.  Then be sure to cel­e­brate when your goals are reached!
  • This same tech­nique can be used in a vari­ety of dif­fer­ent ways.  Small gifts can be made for hol­i­days like Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day.  Work­ing just a lit­tle bit larger, you can cre­ate unique Christ­mas orna­ments.  Or, try work­ing larger still to make dec­o­ra­tive pic­ture frames to enhance a spe­cial photo.  Just remem­ber that your cre­ation needs to lay flat to dry… this type of sealer can only be applied to hor­i­zon­tal surfaces.

(Affil­i­ate links were used in this post.)

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