I am kind of a “One Trick Pony” meaning most of the things I make are related to little houses. It’s just my current obsession. I promised one of my friends that I would make a Christmas house for her daughter who loved her Easter house so much because it had a storage area. I made them out of the cardboard rolls from stickers and made the tops so they came off so a child could put a treasure in there. Well, apparently her daughter thinks it is just the greatest thing so I made a Christmas one for her. I also made the base larger for even more treasure storage.
I try to make my houses really sturdy with double layer cardboard walls and coat them with Mod Podge to make them somewhat impervious to elements so I think this one will survive several Christmases.
I placed the house in a bed of glue underneath the house and “snow” made of Ranger texture paste and then sprinkled on some glitter. I also covered it with Mod Podge to try to prevent the glitter from falling off.
The main embellishments are the snowman which is a cupcake topper and the deer from Poppy stamps Christmas delights die and stamps. Again I cut out several layers and glued them together to make things sturdier.
The house itself is from one of my designs where I had some offcuts and just glued them to a cardboard rectangle and then covered it with Christmas scrapbook paper.
To make the box from the cardboard roll I glue several layers of cardboard circles together. These are 5″ sizzix circles and I use the Eileen Cookie box die to adhere the bottom circle to the cardboard roll.
The top is made by cutting a strip of cardboard that goes loosely around the roll and gluing it to the top circular cardboard base the same way. I find this makes a very substantial container. It’s a fair amount of work, but I really like making the bases rather than buying them.
For the edging on this house I used some ribbon left over from last year. I love all 3 of these ribbons. I think they work very well with the house.
I am usually pretty happy with the projects I post here, but sometimes a project makes me happier than others. This little house makes me very happy. I think the young lady who gets the house will be pretty tickled with it. At least I hope so.
Once again I am going to enter a challenge with the house. This week’s Monday Simon Says Stamp challenge is Christmas gifts so the little house fits the challenge.
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