Last year toward the end of December when the holiday rush was winding down, I made a couple of paper craft projects I’d been itching to do all season long. These little paper houses were tops on my list. I’d noticed handmade dioramas of decorated rooms on Etsy in the lead up to Christmas and was excited to see the creator, paper engineer Helen Friel, featured on the Etsy UK blog. Not only that, but the post included a template provided by her to make an irresistible tiny house… thanks Helen!
The elf-sized cottages were very fun to construct and didn’t take long at all. You just print, cut, fold and glue. The 3D chimney is already attached and slips perfectly into place. I used Gmund’s wood grain card stock from LCI Paper to give an authentic clapboard look. It’s available in textured, neutral shades, just right for home building.
Another neat thing is that the houses provided me with a way to finally use little decorations that have been in my craft stash for ages. Denise Cameron, owner of Custom Quilling, had sent them to me back in the day when, as a member of her design team, I would create projects for a monthly newsletter. Denise always made sure the team had inspiring choices, and in the back of my mind I knew to save every bit and bob as surely they would come in handy someday.