Big Busy City: A Home Decor DIY


Have you ever read the children's book  The City Mouse and The Country Mouse? If you have, you might remember how both mice were relieved to be back at their own homes because that's where they belonged. I grew up in a big, busy city. When I moved into our first suburban home with my husband, I LOVED the abundance of space - space for yard, pool, garden, more space to decorate! It felt like a huge upgrade from my parents' small flat in the city center with the noisy hustle and bustle. And then we visited a big city for vacation. There were museums, boutique stores, food at every step. I felt at home. It felt right. I didn't expect that. When we came back to our spacey home, it felt empty - I missed the city. I had to come to terms with the fact that I will always be a big city girl at heart.


Hi, I'm Mou Saha! When I saw the Sizzix booth at Creativation 2017, I was bowled over to see the huge cutouts of Tim Holtz's Cityscape dies.  For a brief moment, it took me home. It was hard to patiently wait for the dies to become available. Once they were in my hands, I knew I was gonna build my own little city! If you want to know how, follow along.


Other Materials Used:

  • Acrylic paints,
  • Adhesive
  • Cardstock
  • Paint brush
  • Pen
  • Plastic packaging
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Trimmer
  • Wire
  • WMixeire cutter


Disassemble plastic packing boxes and cut pieces small enough to fit through the Big Shot machine.

To diecut the Skyline pieces, create the following Sizzix Sandwich: on a Sizzix Accessory Magnetic Platform For Wafer-Thin Dies, lay another Sizzix Accessory Standard Cutting Pad. On it, lay out the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 2PK - Cityscape, Skyline dies blade side up. Place plastic on it and cover with the other Standard Cutting Pad. Pass the whole Sizzix Sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine.

*NOTE: Sizzix Thinlits dies are not designed to cut through materials like plastic. I used it because I wanted a more translucent look to my city. If you too choose to use plastic packaging, be super patient. You'll need to make several passes to cut through. I needed 10. And all the while be sure that your plastic doesn't move.

TIP: If some parts won't separate, do not pull, just snip off with scissors.

Repeat the exact same sandwich technique with Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 18PK - Cityscape, Metropolis and Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 19PK - Cityscape, Commute.

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Paint the pieces with acrylic paints and let each piece dry thoroughly.


Trim an 8.5 x 11 inches cardstock into strips - 2.5, 2, 1.5 and 1 inches in width


Fold an half inch tab on each strip. Fold the rest of the strip in half. Attach one strip to the next, from widest to narrowest, using adhesive on the tabs to connect the pieces together into an accordion.


Paint the accordion.


Start attaching the painted die-cuts to the folds of the accordion.

Add details to the buildings with pen.


Cut an 8 inch piece of wire and wrap it around the airplane. Attach the free end of the wire to the back of the accordion with tape.


Hope you enjoy today's tutorial and will try building your own mini big cities!




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One thought on “Big Busy City: A Home Decor DIY”

  • Renee

    That is a fantastic piece. I grew up on a farm, but now live in Phoenix, which is a bit more sprawly than this piece, but I love this look!

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