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How to Make Them
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Cover the completed house with a coat of textured spray paint and, while still wet, cover with glitter.
- Hot-glue a clothespin or candle clip to the bottom of the ornament to attach to a tree branch.
Cozy and quaint, this ornament would look right at home in a Norman Rockwell painting.
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.