Spirited Away Bath House! DIY made for CHEAP // Studio Ghibli Crafts

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Hey, welcome back to Studson Studio.  This week we're going to build a bath
house from Studio Ghibli's Spirited Away. Akio Ogino: "This building's not old, it's fake" Not only is it fake, but it's cheap. To build it, I'm using some foam core board, 
corrugated paper, cross stitched canvas,   an empty tissue box, recycled cardboard, some balsa 
wood, some acrylic craft paint, and white glue   But to get started, the main tool of choice is knife   While i'm building the bath house this week, I've decided this
actually won't be my only entry into the Ghibli universe   This is episode one in a multi-part Ghibli series, 
which i'll be uploading occasionally alongside   other game and movie topic videos… with the final Ghibli episode, culminating into something
that combines all the ghibli crafts into one diorama Okay, let's start crafting. First grab a tissue…
~*sneeze*~  and save the box. As a convenient first step a tissue
box makes a good base structure
without having to do much planning
and measuring beforehand it's more fun for me to make it up as i go along,   plus i get the satisfaction of knowing
I started out with literal garbage the tissue box is going to be the base floor 
of the bathhouse but i'm covering up the weak   cardboard with dollar store foam board which will 
add a little bit of strength but also provide a   good base for adding a plaster texture later    I'm intentionally making the walls a bit too big
so I have some extra material to work with To make the four walls as seamless as possible,
I'm slicing each wall at an angle…

So that when they're taped together,
they come together without any overlap   I have very little patience for glue drying, so I chose
a nice slow drying white PVA glue for each edge… then smothered the edges with painters tape.    Think of the tape as a band-aid to
prevent your blood from spilling out Then I realized the glue needs
more air to breathe in order to dry so i went with a minimalist tape approach instead Not included in this edit are all
the times I rip the tape off early… only to have the glue wound keep splitting.   The bath house has a small bevel at its midsection
so i'm filleting off just a bit of extra material here   For the front entrance, I'm slicing a few pieces of
foam, then joining the edges in the same way as before  For the front window, I'm using
this piece of cross stitch plastic, which you'll see me do an infinite amount of
times throughout this video for every single window   This cross stitch canvas is one of the magic 
materials of this video, I love it.   Actually it's a tie; gold medal for magic
material also goes to corrugated paper.

By the way, the best way to cut this stuff is upside down…  that way you don't crush the little
tube things between each sheet The bath house has about a thousand rooves, so it's nice to 
have a material that looks kind of like roof tiles   To emulate the look of crumbling plaster
walls, I'm using liquitex modeling paste I'm spreading an extra thick layer on all the foam
especially around any seams that might have gaps And then don't forget to stipple that goop with a paper 
towel to get rid of all of your brush strokes   Depending on the scale of lumpy bumpage 
you're going for this might be good… but I wanted to sand it down a little 
bit so it wasn't quite so bumpy   Make sure you wear a mask and do your 
sanding outside like a smart person   For all the box windows that extend out from 
the bathhouse, I'm super gluing down a few   strips of balsa wood to clippings of old food packaging Your snack choice may vary.  Then using more plastic canvas for instant windows 
   I must confess that super glue was not a
very good candidate for this type of plastic It took quite a long time to set, but luckily, gravity worked pretty well to
keep everything in place while I built everything For extra eye distraction…

   I'm slicing up a bunch of one millimeter balsa wood 
strips and adding as much as i have patience for   I decided early on that it was more important that 
I could finish this in a reasonable time frame   even if it meant miyazaki would be
disappointed in my attention to detail Okay, I'm switching things up and using a large
popsicle stick for this next part suddenly  This will become the floor of the balcony on the left
side of the building where they fly the bathhouse flag   For these thicker balsa wood beams, I'm whittling 
away some slivers to add some choice lumpiness   Imperfections like these will add a lot of depth 
to the final model once it's all painted up    As you can see, I'm not showing any shots of
measuring and cutting the materials for each piece And that's because i hardly did any
measuring throughout the whole build Most everything is eyeballed from a bunch of
image references i had pulled up while building Then i would make a quick cut and shave things
down as needed before gluing them together I went into this with pretty much no plan on paper   Actually that's not really true I spent a few seconds drawing this masterpiece
before I gave up and decided i'd rather start building You can screenshot and print
that blueprint free of charge   Okay, back to craft…

I made a non-functioning sliding door,
also known as a door themed wall   using more popsicle sticks and
some toothpicks as beams Then using a cap i traced out a
couple supports for the underside One thing I tried to be cognizant of while
building is avoiding the number four Since four is unlucky and sounds the same
as the word death in Japanese (and Chinese), I opted for superior neighboring numbers such as
three and five when it came to numbers of beams or   columns in various places around the build Or for example, the number of
rows in the wood slats here I'm not sure how much of a bad
omen this would be for crafting, but i also made sure that my elevator terminal
on the inside of the building skips the fourth floor For this roof, I tried overlapping a few layers of
corrugated paper to make some faux shingles   And then for the underside, I cut balsa wood against the grain so i could get it nice and flexible to fit the curve This is looking pretty good…  But I think we need some nice gold and sparkly
details for the doorway that fits right here Oh, thank you There's a lot of choice gold shiny
bits in this tangle of old jewelry   Hey, speaking of gold shiny bits…

Shout out to my first patron, Eric Barone If you're interested in becoming a patron
as well and helping me make videos like this head over to www.patreon.com/studsonstudio
where you can get a shout out, project sneak peaks, and more to come in exchange for a
couple gold shiny bits, thank you! No Face: "Take the gold! Take it!" Chihiro: "Yes please thank you!" This shiny bit used to be a tangled up necklace,
but now it's the metal hinge on this door  I secured it with a little bit of super glue and then built   the rest of the details using some
balsa strips and more of that plastic grating The door knob is then a tiny
little nail that I clipped to size  And i almost didn't need glue for this ~*Perfect Fit*~ And i can't tell you how satisfying it was to finally
get to glue down these box windows to this plain cube…

Actually i can tell you… it was all right Here i'm doing a little  wrap-around roof around this corner and then covering up that unsightly seam with a beam   Here i'm cutting out some tiny 
windows on an otherwise plain wall and lastly let's cap off the 
bottom floors here before we're…  ♫ Movin' on up! ♫ …to the deluxe top floors As you can see, I'm really skimping on the wood supports   that should theoretically be going all the way 
across the entire level  I don't want to waste my precious balsa wood So i'm only clipping out the exposed
beams that stick out around the perimeter   Finding little ways to only use half the material 
i would normally use feels like i'm doubling my money (*whispers*) It's free balsa wood By the way don't throw out your
scrap food container cardboard   This garbage makes an excellent crafting material Then i swiped some coffee stirrers from the kitchen Actually I lied, I only planted them in 
the kitchen for that shot I actually only use the stirring sticks for crafting and i drink my coffee black so stirring
sticks have no use around coffee   i'm hot gluing some more of this cross-stitch 
canvas as walls and then covering up the nutrition   facts for those delicious blueberry treats with 
more cardboard    By the way, if you have some of these
disposable chopsticks lying around You can do the old roll and snap technique to create 
instant structure or columns for your crafting projects For the gold room near the top of the bath house…

I quickly made this out of foam and cross
stitch plastic then mod podged it to add   strength and make it easier to paint later  I'm whittling some more lumpy
beams to put around the deck here   and then fighting gravity to keep them
upright while the glue mostly dries   While i assemble this roof here i want to explain 
those random chunks of foam in the background   those are just some scraps of foam board i 
used to help raise the roof up a little bit   so I could get the awning at a slightly higher angle   I chopped the top off of these toothpicks for posts and then battled gravity a little more to keep them straight All right, and we're on to the final floor   The bathhouse roof distinctly curves up at the corners  which I can't do with this paper but I can sort of 
trick the eye with this piece of curved balsa wood   Then I'm using casually measured pieces of coffee 
stirring sticks to add a railing around the deck   And for the walls, off-camera i assembled these using
hot glue balsa wood and some more plastic canvas These get hot glued up around the edge 
and then more garbage cardboard to cover it up   And the last detail here…

…for the front side is a bunch of toothpick
columns before we're throwing it to the back  Next I'll be making the walls and
windows for Yubaba's penthouse   The window holes were cut just barely big enough 
so I could get them in place with a pressure fit   and the tiniest dab of glue   I used coffee stirrers for the trim on the wall and then if you want to know
how I made these short walls rewind the video about 30 seconds
and see how i made the front wall   If you don't want to fight gravity to 
get toothpicks to stand up, do this big brain move and glue
them together in one piece beforehand To top it all off, let's make the roof   I used a scrap piece of cardboard to measure 
out the proper size…

Then glued two pieces of
corrugated paper back to back… so I'd have extra detail on the
underside of the roof as well   This part was a bit tricky actually trying to get 
the right sizes before gluing everything together   I'd recommend using some scrap
cardboard to make a roof template first    I assembled the whole thing upside-down and waited for each edge of the hot
glue to dry before moving on to the next   …Jenga… I added a little wedge of a toilet 
paper roll for some structure    and then used the scrap sheet of paper to measure
out how big the next section of the roof needs to be   All of this corrugated paper is going to end 
up getting painted anyway,  but I switched colors to a different
sheet here just because that's… …that's the kind of fun guy I am…this is… We're having some good times now… For these curved beams I'm
using these little bird beads I had I think technically in the movie these are fish so you can send me to crafting
jail for my inaccuracies   For the spire that sticks out the top, I forgot 
to film this part but basically it's just a   plastic cap with a piece of
cardboard wrapped around it I lightly scored the cardboard with
a craft blade in six segments  and then folded it around so
it would retain its hexagon shape and then i did the same devilry for the column
that sticks out the top of that section   I made a pretty messy roof using
various wedges of corrugated paper I wasn't a fan of how bad it looked…

So i covered the whole thing up in some 
modeling paste, stippled that goop, and it hides all the messy edges Now it's just messy in a different way Now let's go back to that
tangled jewelry tumbleweed… and search for a few free crafting 
details to add some ornateness to the model   This piece was an old earring And then i filled it in with a couple of
these leaf pendants I had in that sack  I also recently got this gigantic pack
of rhinestones meant for nail art They work as a nice little detail here As you might recall from the movie, the back
side of the bathhouse is a beautiful mess but i have other plans for it so I'm
just adding a ladder for now   I'm just about ready to paint, but… The final step is to add some Mod Podge to all
the paper roofs just to add some strength And then off camera, I whipped up a couple 
walls to attach to the outside of the garden area   All right, let's paint I'm priming the whole thing in the
cheapest white primer i could find   This took several passes to fully
cover up that neon corrugated paper Don't forget the underside Once it was all primed up and
looking like one cohesive model I decided I was gonna try doing a
little pre-shading on this model  Basically i'm going to use this black paint…

…to add shading between the crevices and any area 
where the sun might otherwise have a tougher time reaching This includes areas near the base of the model, undersides,
and any place where the model geometry forms a crease The idea here is that some of this
contrast will still show through once we add our other coats of paint If you're familiar with 3d modeling this looks similar
to turning up the ambient occlusion on a model   I also tried to use the same technique to add
contrast to where there might be shingles, but ultimately I end up covering up the
model with too much green paint, oh well! The base coat i'm using is a rusty red
that i mixed up a couple months ago It's red with a little bit of
orange and brown mixed in I'm spraying just enough paint so I can still retain
some of that pre-shading from the previous step It's kind of hard to be super 
precise with the airbrush So I end up getting some overspray
especially when I try to spray the columns But that's sort of inevitable and I 
was planning on doing some hand brushing anyway   Actually I was going to hand brush the whole thing, but the
airbrush was quicker to get a uniform coat across everything So definitely you don't need an airbrush for this project I like to keep some various scraps of cardboard lying around
so I can use them as a guide to keep my edges looking clean   I definitely missed quite a few spots
while painting this whole thing   I tried to keep a bird's-eye perspective of how this would look from an outsider's view, But if you were a tiny Stuart 
Little standing on these decks, you'd definitely see all the missing
spots without paint on them   This deep green i had was a little 
bit too deep I think, but we're gonna   brighten it up with some lighter 
shades of green in the next steps I'm using this neutral gray I have for the back 
side, but you could use any gray that you have   I have no strong feelings
one way or the other  I mostly just want to paint the gold sections It's gold! Oof, that's way too much paint! Your paint shouldn't flow after
you've spread it on your surface Goldmember: "I love goooold" For this section, you'll need any
off-white or even a creamy beige This became a fun little game  of carefully trying not
to hit the red columns with the white brush or i lose Oh, I lost…

For adding some brighter shades to the roof, I'm mixing 
together a green using one part olive green to one   part of this lovely holiday
green and a touch of off-white  I used a chisel brush to gently detail
just the raised edges of the roof so that i could retain the
darker green in the recesses   With the leftovers, I carefully 
brushed Yubaba's windows   For dry brushing all of the 
wood, I used a light khaki brown   I'll typically use a flat chisel brush for dry 
brushing but for small areas like this I have this poor synthetic brush that
I've really abused over the years Ooh this next part's pretty fun   To add some age to the red plaster walls, I'm taking 
some of my rust red from earlier and adding small   amounts of pink at a time in multiple passes using 
a light dabbing motion with this chunk of a sponge   Less is more here so i tried to get most 
of the paint off the sponge before dabbing   For areas too small for sausage fingers, I used 
some tweezers holding a small speck of sponge   The mixed pink was also great for dry brushing
all of the red throughout the whole model And that'll do it for painting From here, I moved on to adding a little bit of
a wood floor on the interior of the entrance using a pre-stained piece of balsa wood And for the entrance curtain, grab a leftover piece
of denim from the last pair of cutoffs you made Lindsay: "What is this?"
Tobias: "Oh! Go right to that!" I'm hot gluing a tiny square to 
a piece of a toothpick that's cut   slightly too big so i can 
wedge it between the entrance For the bathhouse sign, I slapped a
yellow post-it note to a sheet of paper,  printed out the characters onto it, then used matte
Mod Podge to seal it to a sheet of balsa wood, chopped out that balsa wood, and added some 
age with a watered-down brown acrylic paint I used a couple stick segments I found outside as logs
and then glued it to the front using some white glue I also found this stick on a previous 
beach excursion It had a pretty nice wavy look, which
I thought looked like a bonsai tree  I glued some of the smaller segments
around the trunk as branches and then brushed the whole
thing in a light brown To complete the branches, I'm gluing on some
pieces of Woodland Scenics clump foliage And then brushing on a watered-down pva
glue to add this yellow fine turf as a highlight Just sprinkling on a bit to the top
is enough to add some contrast   Turned out my tree was a little bit too short
for my base to clear the height of the fence So I made a little platform using
a couple pieces of foam board Slathered that in some
Mod Podge black paint, White glue, and then sprinkled
on some green flock for grass Then i just jabbed it into the
foam using some white glue With all the dirty work
over, it's time for a bath Ah yes, lovely…

This is a homemade bath remedy that's about
one part brown acrylic paint to 30 parts water   I was actually pretty happy with most the color on
the model so i didn't want to go crazy with the wash So I ended up only using it on the white
areas to drop the brightness a little bit   For the flag, I printed it out and then used 
mod podge and a ping pong ball to try to   form the flag into a pleasant little
curve that's catching the wind For the flagpole, I  had a couple beam sabers
left over from some gundam model kits, which I spray painted black   and then added some black thread 
and super glue to attach the flag   There's a couple iconic details missing though…
I think we need a bridge and No Face   Okay, this is going to be a bridge speed build For the supports, I cut two
curved sections like this   And then cut a bunch of coffee
stirring sticks into 1.5" inch lengths   I attached the two end posts first and
waited for them to dry just a little bit   so the other slats weren't
sliding all over the place and even though i thought my
measurements were perfect, I still had to use a pair of scissors to
cut off a little bit of the hanging excess   I decided to use hot glue
because it would dry fastest But i made sure just to use a baby's breath of hot
glue, so i didn't have tons of it squirting out the sides Actually i like a little variety, So I ended up switching to white PVA glue and
then super glue to keep it fresh and exciting   For the details at the top of the posts, I dug back into my jewelry sack and pulled out these
little end caps from the ends of a pair of earrings  And then for the paint job, we're going
brown for wood, red for the rails And then we're using a gunmetal
gray for the little earring end caps I dry brushed the rails and a little bit of pink   and then used a black acrylic wash 
for all the wood slats on the bridge   This is just to add a little bit of an 
aged look and to add some wear and tear And for this hungry hippo, I'm
using a scrap of an old t-shirt,   a clumped up piece of aluminum foil
for the body, and some Mod Podge Wear some gloves if you do this; I made
a huge mistake doing this bare-handed After it dried in a way that resembled 
draped fabric, I painted it black   This body has no face, but it needs a No Face 
face, so i printed out a No Face face onto a   piece of curved plastic then glued
that face onto the body with no face    Making it voila! No Face And with that final detail,
enjoy the bathhouse beauty shots Hey, thanks for watching another
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you'd like to see crafted in the future   I will perish before I find the time to build every
suggestion, but I love reading them nonetheless In the next video, I may very 
likely build a Zelda thing So give me your best guesses as
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make more crafting videos like this one  That'll do it for this one.

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