After making my DIY A-Frame Winter Cabin a few weeks ago, I thought it would be really cute to make a tiny one as an ornament for the tree… and then I sort of forgot about it until I was decorating the tree on Friday with the girls and pulled out my two favorite ornaments of all time, which happen to be… tiny little houses.
I decided to try to make a few of my own and found some old white cardboard pieces that come with printer paper that I always used to save for future projects and it seems I have finally found the perfect project to put them to use!
I originally grabbed my glitter glue for this project thinking I’d paint them in a similar fashion to the vintage ornaments I love, but once I made my little houses, I really liked the solid white look, especially once I added the little trees to the exterior.
I started by making only three houses, but then they were just so cute I made seven, total, and I kind of want to make MORE!
You can use them to create a cute little village if you’d rather not hang them on your tree, but either way, they’re pretty simple and fun to make.
Here’s What You’ll Need…
* Scissors and Pinking shears
* Hot glue gun
* Strong clear tape (packing tape)
* A large needle or bead reamer to puncture a hole in the roof for the string
* Pipe cleaners
Well, to put this simply, you basically just cut out pieces and glue them together. I’m hoping the photos give you a clear idea on how to create these, but if they don’t, just start cutting shapes and you’ll figure it out by trial and error 🙂
How to Make the Houses…
* Below are the shapes you’ll be cutting out.
* Trace it and cut out a second one for the back of your house.
* Glue the front and back of your house to your side pieces. (NOTE: You can use tape for this if you prefer, but hot glue ended up being the best option)
* Line it up with the top of your house to determine where to fold it… then carefully bend it to fit.
* Poke a hole in the center of the bent roof, cut a piece of string and fold it in half. Slide your looped string through the hole in your roof, tie a knot and tape it in place to secure it (on the under side).
* Apply a layer of hot glue to the bottom of your house and secure it to your base. (Note: set your house back and to the side of your base instead of centering it for a more whimsical look)
Making Tiny Pipe Cleaner Trees…
How to Make the A-Frame Cabins…
* Trace your triangle on another piece of cardboard to create the back of your house.
* On the back side of the front of your triangle house, draw on a door and windows if you wish and using a razor blade, cut them out. If you want the door to appear halfway open, cut out only the top and one size and push it forward or backward.
* Roofline… Cut out a long rectangular strip with your pinking sheers to create a fun edge. NOTE: Make sure this roof is wider than the one you cut the for the regular houses
* If your roof ends up too long, you can cut away the ends later, but begin with 3-4 inches, unless you truly want teeny tiny houses, then go smaller… but base your roof size on the triangle you cut.
* Fold it in half and puncture a hole in the top center of your roof.
* Thread your string through and tie a knot. Secure your knot with a piece of tape, which also strengthens your roof.
* Apply hot glue to the sides of your triangle, line it up under the roof so the roof sticks out/over a little and hold in place until it adheres. For extra strength, run your glue gun around the inner edges/seams.
* Repeat the step above with the back of your triangle
* If you want a base (I made one with and one without), cut out a piece that runs vertically under your A-frame… since the roofline might shoot out over the edge, it’s easier to make the base stick out the front a little instead of on the sides. OR you can cut your roof down a little to make it work.
* Run hot glue around the base of your A-frame and stick it to your base.
Check out more DIY Christmas ornaments…
* as seen on my tree above *