make a house decoration out of a Christmas card
utility knife (razor)
coloured felt pens (red, green)
tiny beads (optional)
shiny stars (sticky)
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.
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.
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.a b c
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.
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ejm (aka llizard) ©2000, 2012
Toronto Ontario Canada