Tomorrow my family is attending a Sunday School Christmas party. We will be having an ornament exchange, so I thought I'd make one of these adorable ornaments that I'd had in my "holiday ideas" notebook for a few years. I got the idea from Better Homes and Gardens Magazine. (Here is the link) There is another link from there to be able to print out the pattern. (You may have to join BH&G first...it's free and easy.)
Once you get your pattern (there are 3 to choose from), copy it onto cardstock. If you like the color of your cardstock, great. My cardstock was white, and I wanted a little more color, so I glued some scrapbook paper on top. (I left the base white to look like snow.) There are lines on the pattern to show you where to fold.
The thing I love about this craft is that you can really use your creativity! Each house you make can be totally unique! (How fun it would be to give as a gift, creating it to look like the home of the recipient!) I decided to add a wreath (chenille stem) and I also cut out a little door and windows.
It didn't look quite finished, so I added a little bow and put ribbon around the bottom edge. Much better!
With the glue gun, I attached a clothespin to the base. This way it can just be clipped to the tree. I also added to the bottom of the base the reference in Joshua: "....As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." I then sprayed it with some "Santa Snow". Here is the finished product on my tree: (Okay, I'm not keeping it...I wrapped it up, ready for the party tomorrow night!)
Note: I think I may be addicted to this craft, so you may see more in the future!
Note #2: I'm all about saving $$---I made this with just things/scraps I had in my craft closet. (All except the Santa Snow, that was $1.25 at the Dollar General.)