Friday, December 16, 2011

2011 Christmas House

Last year, I started a new tradition.  I just finished the second year of making paper Christmas Houses, and I can already picture the village I will have in a few years time!

I did this project last night, and decided at the last minute to create a little tutorial for you.  The photos are from nighttime, so pardon the lighting… it was all I had at the time!

Here are the finished houses I have completed so far:

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Last year’s house started as a project for Prima Marketing.  For this year’s house, I chose the This and That collection from Lily Bee Designs.
1. Cut house shape with die cutting machine.  I used a file called “3D Love House” from Silhouette.

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2. Using a ruler or straight edge, fold the house and crease edges in the appropriate points.

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3.Adhere patterned paper to the insides of the windows and doors (if desired).

4. Glue the house together at the side seam.

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5. Cut strips of paper in varying widths (1/2” to 3/4”) and 1-1/2” lengths.  Ink the edges of the strips.

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6. Using a pencil or other round tool, slightly curl one end of each strip.

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7. Adhere the “shingles” in rows, staggering the widths to add interest.

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8. Trim excess lengths, then cut a strip of paper, fold lengthwise, and adhere to the roof peak as a cap.

9.  Add glitter glue or stickles to the roof as ice and snow.

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10. Embellish as desired.

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I hope you enjoy this little tutorial.  Thanks for stopping by!

~Alyssa~

2 comments:

Patricia said...

This is beautiful, Alyssa. How awesome to make your own houses...great idea!

Sabr said...

super, super cute!! and a great tradition too.