I always try to think of different ways to use little houses in your decor. Well, using mason jars as the gift base is a great way to show off the tiny houses and turn them into a gift as well. So I made some tiny Christmas houses for mason jars. But you can also recycle other jars to use. Aren't they cute? You can give them as quick, easy gifts that everyone will enjoy.
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Supplies to Make the Tiny Christmas Houses for Mason Jars
- Patterns for the Tiny Christmas Houses (Design No. 142)
- Colorful card stock - 65-110# card stock
- Glue - this is the kind I like the best
- Mason jars and lids
- Candy or other small gifts like this or this
- Twine if you want your house to be an ornament as well
- A way to cut out the pattern - I use my Cricut Maker or the Cricut Explore Air (this is a great deal)
- Decorative ribbon to fit around the jar lid
- Uniball Signo White Gel Pen to decorate the houses (optional)
- Candy or tiny gifts like pencil erasers
- For display jars, use a knob on the jar lid with short screws like this
Make the Tiny Christmas Houses for Mason Jars Steps
- Download the pattern for the Tiny Christmas Houses
- Cut out the house pieces
- Fold along the score lines
- Decorate the house or church
- Glue the main body of the house together
- Adhere the roof to the main body of the tiny Christmas house
- Poke a hole in the roof if you want to make the tiny house as an ornament (optional)
- Thread twine through the hole for an ornament hanger (optional)
- Glue the tiny Christmas house to the circular card stock base for the mason jar
- Adhere the Christmas house to the mason jar lid
- Decorate the jar lid
- Fill the jar with candy or tiny gifts
- Share with friends and family
For more detailed information, read on. If you like to see a video of little house-making in action, check out this video for making the Tiny Christmas Houses on Mason Jars.
1. Download the pattern for the Tiny Christmas Houses for Mason Jars
Tiny Christmas Houses for Mason Jars - Design No. 142 in the Paper Glitter Glue library
The pattern for the Tiny Christmas Houses to decorate the mason jars (or for other recycled jars) is Design no. 142 in the Paper Glitter Glue library.
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The files are available as printable PDF files and SVG cut files for cutting machines like the Cricut Maker
As a general rule, I include two sets of files - PDF and SVG files. The printable PDF files that you can use if you cut patterns by hand. But they are also useful because it's easier to see what each piece in the pattern is on a printable file.
The SVG files are designed to be read by an illustration program like Cricut Design Space so a cutting machine can cut them out.
The Tiny Christmas Houses for Mason Jars are free files in a zipped folder
To make it easier to save and share files, they are in a zipped format - a compressed format.
If you have any trouble UNZIPPING them to use them, follow these directions from the Microsoft website:
- Open File Explorer on your computer
- Find the zipped folder that you are interested in
- If you want to unzip and see all the files in the folder, just click on Extract all and follow the instructions that follow
- If you are only interested in one file or one particular folder, double-click the zipped folder to open it. Then, drag or copy the item from the zipped folder to a new location.
2. Cut out the Pattern Pieces
Next, cut out all the pattern pieces using card stock. Card stock works so well for tiny houses - easy to fold, no need for painting, great colors to choose from.
Choose from 6 different Tiny Christmas House patterns for your Mason Jars
First option - the Tiny Christmas Church. This tiny church measures 4 inches high, 1.75 inches wide and 1 inch deep.
Next option - the Swiss Chalet. This tiny chalet measures 3 inches high, 1.6 inches wide and 1.25 inches deep.
Here's another one - the Tiny Christmas house with chimney. This tiny house measures 2 inches high, 1.44 inches wide and less than an inch deep.
What about a tiny birdhouse to decorate one of your recycled jars? This tiny paper birdhouse measures 2 inches high, about 2 inches wide and less than an inch deep.
The Tiny Cottage is another little house to choose from. It is the widest house so it needs a slightly larger lid to sit on. The tiny paper cottage measures 2.25 inches high (without the chimney), 2.25 inches wide and one inch deep.
And who could forget the Little Paper Barn to decorate your jars? The tiny paper barn measures 2.25 inches high, 1.5 inches wide and one inch deep.
Since these are pretty simple houses you can cut them pretty easily by hand. Though I do prefer using my cutting machine, the Cricut Maker. That way you can cut out tiny windows and doors so much easier.
When you use your cutting machine, you do have to remember to designate score lines.
Each house has a set of score lines to fold to construct the body of the house. The roof has a single score line. This is what the church pattern looks like in Cricut Design Space when the score lines have been designated for each piece.
Notice the 4 pieces with score lines:
- Church body
- Church tower
Always remember to attach each score line to its appropriate house piece so your cutting machine knows where the score lines go.
3. Fold along the Score lines
Once you cut out all the pieces, fold along the score lines.
4. Decorate the Tiny House
I find it easier to glue on tiny windows and doors while the house is still flat. As I am a messy gluer, I can apply the glue and mop up any excess glue easier when the house is flat and not in its 3-D shape.
5. Glue the main body of the house together
Once you have glued on the windows and doors, apply glue to the side glue tab and glue the main body of the house together.
When the glue is dry, glue the roof tabs to the roof flaps. That makes your house more secure and makes it easier to adhere the roof.
6. Adhere the roof to the main body of your tiny Christmas house
Apply glue to the roof section on the house body. If you wait a minute or so, the glue gets tackier and the roof sticks better.
Now adhere the roof to the house body. Let dry.
Add a chimney if included in the design.
7. Poke a hole in the roof if you want the Tiny House to be an ornament
For this I use a needle with a large eye (it needs to be a large eye for two reasons - so the twine can go through and so I can see it. As I age, the eye of the needle needs to be bigger and bigger). And I like colored baker's twine, it just makes me happy.
8. Thread the twine through the hole and tie in a knot
I like to turn these little houses into ornaments in case the person you give them to wants to use them that way. It's an option, anyway.
9. Glue the tiny paper house to the circular card stock
I find it easier to get the house to stick to the circular card stock base better if I glue it on before I adhere it to the mason jar lid.
To do this, apply a bead of glue on the bottom of the house more on the inside of the house than the outside. That way it doesn't make quite as big a puddle of glue outside your little house.
10. Now you can glue the Tiny Christmas house to the jar lid
After the house is firmly attached to the circular base, glue it to the jar lid.
11. Decorate the Mason Jar lid
For this, I like to glue cute ribbon or pom poms around the edge of the lid. Use a hot glue gun for the quick method. But since I often tend to burn myself, I used my Bearly Art Glue. It worked ok, but I did end up holding the ribbon in place for a few minutes though.
12. Fill with candy or tiny gifts
When you fill a jar with candy, I think wrapped candy is best. Still, I couldn't help but add a jar full of M&Ms in Christmas colors. They look so good.
For kids you might try some tiny toys or colorful erasers to put in a jar.
13. Share your Tiny Christmas House Mason Jar gift
What I like best about this craft is that it's something you can give to someone that conveys affection and caring without being overwhelming. A gift like this makes people smile. Not to mention that you can put it together quickly.
Be sure to Pin to Your Favorite Pinterest Board
If you like this paper craft, please pin to your favorite Pinterest board so you remember where you found it.
Thank you for reading. I hope you are having a Happy Holiday.