Over the last couple of years I have created an Advent Countdown here on Planet Penny. However this year, along with other bloggers and makers, I have been invited to take part in the Cotton Traders Advent Calendar with a Christmas crafty make – tea light holders.
So, as I’ve always a soft spot for tiny houses, and as so much of the Christmas tradition is centred around home and family what better way to celebrate the festive season than with your own little hamlet of cosy cottages as tea light holders?
- Card, suitable for printing, I used 160gsm.
- PDF pattern
- Craft Knife
- Cutting Mat
- Glue stick
- Battery operated tea lights
Print off the PDF of the house onto the card. A whole village if you like!
Cut round the outline with scissors or craft knife. Cutting out the windows is much more easily done with the craft knife.
Cut out a rectangle in card 15cm x 9cm for the roof. Mark the central point on the long edge on both sides and very lightly score across to mark the fold line for the ridge on the roof. Fold.
Using the craft knife, very lightly score along the fold lines on the unprinted side of the card to help make the finished shape nice and crisp.
Fold along the score lines, glue the tabs and stick together and stick together into the house shape.
Then make some more!
I’ve only recently been converted to battery tea lights because I love the natural light of candles. However there is no denying the dangers of having flames all round the room especially with small children, and these little houses are great for a family crafting afternoon.
I like simple white for a touch of Nordic style, but print off a few sheets and let the children loose with paints and crayons, glue and glitter before cutting out for a riot of festive colour!
Have fun! If you’d like to show off your own version, do send in your photos and I will share then here on the blog.