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make a house decoration out of a Christmas card

Materials:

Christmas card
scissors
utility knife (razor)
white glue
coloured felt pens (red, green)
tiny beads (optional)
shiny stars (sticky)
embroidery thread
needle
make a house ornament out of a Christmas card (gif ©ejm1999) beads, etc.  (gif ©ejm1999)

1.) Draw the house on the back of the picture side of the Christmas card you have chosen. On a part of unused card, draw the tree. The black lines are the cutting lines. The yellow lines are fold lines.

2.) Using an exacto-knife, cut out the windows. With coloured felt pen, outline the doors and windows on the outside of the house. Colour the doors in a contrasting colour. Cut the house out.

make a house ornament out of a Christmas card (gif ©ejm1999)

3.) Cut the tree out. With a felt pen, colour the tree green on all sides.

4.) Using a single strand of embroidery thread, sew beads to the outside of the house so they look like Christmas lights. Using a red felt pen, colour the chimney on the outside. Using a green felt pen, colour the roof on the outside. Sign and date the bottom of the house.

make a house ornament out of a Christmas card (gif ©ejm1999)

5.) Put the tree together by sliding the top onto the bottom. Fold the bottom edges at right angles. Stick a star at the top of the tree. Stick the other star on the opposite side of the first star. (See diagram... the x beside the star is the view from above.) These trees are good ornaments on their own. Use stiff Christmas catalogue paper of photographed Christmas trees.

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6.) Glue the tree to the brown "x" on the inside of the floor of the house. Glue the chimney together. Using a needle and 5 strands of brightly coloured embroidery thread, go through the middle of the roof. Knot the thread at the top so the house can be hung from a branch of your Christmas tree.

7.) Glue the rest of the house together. Leave to dry for 24 hours before hanging.

front front view of a house ornament out of a Christmas card (gif ©ejm1999)   side side view of house ornament out of a Christmas card (gif ©ejm1999)   back back view of house ornament out of a Christmas card (gif ©ejm1999)   side side view of house ornament out of a Christmas card (gif ©ejm1999)

Obviously, this house can be as fancy or plain as you want!

Advent Calendar 2000
Advent Calendar 12 Dec, 2000 "House Decoration"
Advent Calendar 2012
Advent Calendar 19 Dec 2012 "House Decoration"

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