Mixed-media paper crafter; stamper, freelance craft tutor, designer of PaperArtsy JOFY stamps

5 December 2014

Countdown to Christmas: Day 5

I decorate the fireplace in our sitting room at christmas - its on the opposite side of the room to the christmas tree so its nice to have something festive on each side of the room.

It's where I create a little winter street scene of miniature houses I've made (making one each year)..

The houses are intertwined with led lights (£2.50 for 40 in Primark!!! bargain!) and different types of ornamental trees - I like all the different sizes of houses...

This little house was made last year -crackleglazed with a corrugated roof, but unfortunately it was broken while in storage - but I think the broken antler give it character lol

This little house on a rickety stack of wood  was made last year - I love the patina tones and the little stocking hung on the edge waiting to be filled..

This years house is a bit different - not a decorated/upcycled wood house - this one made from paper and is quite simple but really effective when it is dark in amongst all those lights...:

Here's how I made it..

I glued pages of paper to kraft card, for strength, and dried it - smoothing out any air bubbles.  I drew a little sketch of how I wanted the house to look.

Stamped a panel of 'tiles' for the roof using the scallop border from JOFY13 (love that image!) - the top row is stamped scallop edge up - all other other rows are scallop down.

I cut the basic house shape out and left two straight panels either side - these will create the dimensional shape (stop the house falling over!).  I drew windows and doors on the reverse and started cutting them out.

On the outside of the house I doodled windows and doors and cut inside the designs

When the room is dark and the light source only comes from the string of LED lights it looks like this:

Easy and inexpensive way to create lit decorations.  Have a go yourselves - could be quite addictive I think!



  1. Fabulous decorations - Seasons Greetings!


  2. Your houses are so sweet Jo i like the letterbox ornate plate on last years very much. Your 2014 house is fabtastic, love to see book paper and kraft card together.

    Thanks for the inspiration and info:-) xxx

  3. Anonymous7:44 am

    Beautiful Jo! Love all of your houses and with the lights peeking through they look fabulous! Sue C x

  4. This is amazing Jo! What fabulous ideas you have!

    Lesley Xx

  5. Love those houses!

  6. what a fab and effective idea, might start doing it myself this year. Merry christmas x

  7. Lovely Jo. I always enjoy your Christmas decs, so stylish. Can you come make my house look so lovely?

  8. Gorgeous! I love the newest little house, such a clever idea.


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