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:


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.


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


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

4. Glue the house together at the side seam.


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


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


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


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.


10. Embellish as desired.



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



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.