2 Mini Paper Houses

Replicate your home or create an entire cityscape with these ornamental abodes that are decked out for the holidays.

What You Need

  • Heavyweight card stock
  • Crafts knife
  • Balsa wood dowels (available in the modeling section of crafts stores)
  • Acrylic paints
  • Crafts glue
  • Textured spray paint
  • Glue gun and hotmelt adhesive
  • Glitter

How to Make Them

  1. Download the patterns below and use them to cut the house, roof, and base from heavyweight card stock. Our ornaments are about 3 inches tall, but you can enlarge the pattern to any size you'd like.
  2. Fold the house and roof pieces as indicated on the pattern. For the Craftsman-style house, cut 1-1/4-inch-tall posts from 1/4-inch balsa wood dowels, available in the modeling section of a crafts store. Glue the pieces together. Cut windows and doors from card stock. Glue to the house.
  3. Paint the house with acrylic paints and use crafts glue to decorate as desired. Some ideas: Form icicles by letting hot glue harden on waxed paper, then glue to the eaves. Create a snowdrift by sprinkling glitter in mounds of hot glue. Make wreaths from small chenille stems and twigs. For snow-capped trees, sprinkle glitter on the tips of miniature or bottlebrush trees. Glue small bead "ornaments" to the trees and a bead "doorknob" to the front door.
  4. Cover the completed house with a coat of textured spray paint and, while still wet, cover with glitter.
  5. Hot-glue a clothespin or candle clip to the bottom of the ornament to attach to a tree branch.

Craftsman-Style Bungalow

Cozy and quaint, this ornament would look right at home in a Norman Rockwell painting.

Craftsman-Style Bungalow Ornament Pattern

Traditional Brick Cottage

Covered in a dusting of "snow," this ornament is a miniature replica of the perfect place to be when the weather outside turns frightful.

Traditional Brick Cottage Ornament Pattern


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