Little Paper Houses

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend because my recently moved away daughter came to stay with us for four days! I miss her so much even though she's only 45 minutes away.

Its our tradition to put up the tree on Thanksgiving night after we are all stuffed and tired from all day visiting and eating. We turn on the Christmas music and get to work on decorations while drinking hot chocolate. Just puts you in the mood.

My daughter and I wanted to do something crafty during the weekend so I found this cute template on Pinterest to make paper houses. Simply cut them out and add a battery operated tea light inside to make them glow.

I used to have a Christmas village I would sit out and add a little to it each year. That ended a few years ago when my Christmas stash was accidentally sold in our garage sale. Imagine the feeling I had. A lot of memories went down in history now adorning someone else's tree. That's over now so there is no use crying over spilled milk. We just started a new collection and let it be a lesson learned.

Making the paper houses or paper villages would be a great craft to do with children. I left the paper white and plain but they can also be colored or painted and decorated. This will keep them busy for a while. An adult will need to cut out the houses as you will need a razor blade to do so.

first you will need:
Card stock paper
wax paper
glue or tape
battery operated tea lights.

I found my tea lights at the dollar store. They were two for a dollar and seem to burn a long time. They will get you through Christmas and then some.

On a cutting board, cut out the template. Using your razor blade, cut out the windows. Now cut some wax paper and glue to the inside so the windows will have a frosty glow. This is not necessary but makes it look better.

Then you fold the houses and tape or glue into place, add your tea light under them. I swapped the paper trees out for dollar store trees. They stood in place better.

In no time you will have a luxury village you can simply smash up and throw away at the end of the season.

Ive shared this at:
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tuesday-pin-spiration-link-party at thestitchinmommy 
thursday-favorite-things-blog-hop at katherinescorner 
Worthwhile-wednesdays at craftyallieblog 
Weekend bloggy reading link up at serenitynowblog
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snickerdoodle-sunday at 2crochethooks


  1. I love these paper houses. I think my grands would love making these. Thanks for sharing them.

  2. These are so cute! I've been looking for something simple for my mantel. These would be perfect. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Hi Lisa, wow I love this paper lighted up village you made with your daughter! It looks so pretty and peaceful. Enjoy the holiday season.

  4. Thank you for sharing your beautiful project with us at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy! I agree that it is pretty and peaceful - I thought of the song O Little Town Of Bethlehem when I first saw the photo!

    Congrats - you are one of my featured guests at Inspire Me Monday, Week 153! :-)

  5. What a fun, cute idea! This would be perfect to do with your children young or old alike. I'm saving this little project to do sometime down the road. Hopping over from Inspire Me Monday! Have yourself a Merry little Christmas! Feel free to join me on the dance floor for Monday's Music Moves Me where we're boogieing to Christmas songs all month long! following you on Google+ & Twitter! ;)

  6. These are so fun and customizable! Love the way the light shines through the windows! Place them on some cotton for snow and you have an adorable snowy village!

  7. Sweet! And they'd be fun to embellish, too! Thank you so much for linking up to Snickerdoodle Sunday- I hope you'll come back later this week with your newest makes!

    Sarah (Sadie Seasongoods)

  8. What a cute craft! I love it. Thanks for linking up to Snickerdoodle Sunday!