November 6, 2013

le petit noël maison de papier

With Christmas just around the corner, I have been spending quite a lot of time in front of my computer trying to figure out how to best decorate our Christmas tree, which has been up since October - I can't help it ... I really do love Christmas.

The only one complain that I have is the fact the it is almost impossible to find proper Christmas ornaments where I live - the ones available are really quite tacky then when I do find nice ones, they cost a fortune even for my little three footer tree.

Ahh ... my trusty little tree. Hard to imagine it's almost fourteen years old. I bought it from Myers when I was studying in Australia - my first ever Christmas tree. I was very proud of it  and since I didn't have the heart to leave it behind when it was time to come home, I lugged it back with me through three international airports {because MAS screwed up my flight schedule}. Other than one change of lights and a small colony of zip-ties to hold one of its broken branches, it's doing an awesome job as our family Christmas tree.

This year, I thought I'd bring a little bit more Christmas cheer to our home since it will technically be our first Christmas home as a family. The last couple of years have been neither here or there but I'll leave that for another story ... perhaps. Since I live on the wrong side of the equator {... hi-five Judy!} where Christmas ornaments are tacky and expensive, I decided to DIY instead.

One of the many things that I love about Christmas are the little winter villages on display and I fell in love with the idea of hanging little winter cottage ornaments, thanks to Pinterest. But I decided to do something a little different so after quite a lot of printing, cutting and editing, I came up with my version of le petit Noël Maison de Papier; it's a little candy-themed winter cottage. It stands a little less than 3" tall and instead of hanging it from a tree branch, I perched it between the branches with a light bulb underneath its hollow base so when it lights up, it looks like someone turned the lights on inside. The kids love it so I think it's approved.

And in the spirit of Christmas, I made the template available for download here. The file is in Adobe PDF format and while the design is mine, the patterns and prints I used are from various digi-scrapbook artists so this file is strictly for your personal use only.

I printed my little cottage on A4 sized card-stock paper using my inkjet and trimmed around the edges - be sure to cut out the window panes and base before you score and glue the tabs together to form the cottage walls. Attaching the roof is a tad tricky; I stuck double-sided tape to the tabs of the house then aligned the roof. When happy with the position I pressed the tabs onto the roof by sticking my fingers in through the hollow base. I tried pressing the roof onto the tab in my experimental attempt and the roof kind looks wonky - lesson learned. Then for sparkle, I painted the roof and wreath ribbon in red glitter glue which I found in Daiso.

Next up, super easy cinnamon gingerbread man ornaments plus a giveaway! Stay tuned ...