It never feels quite like Christmas until I’ve done a few last minute just-cuz-I-want-to crafts. This year Nan over at Froggy Designs has kindly shared with me her templates for Christmas Village Houses, which she’s allowed me to share with you.

(Click here to see Nan’s way cool steampunk version of these houses.)

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I decided to make my houses out of vellum which was first embossed with white embossing powder. (Click on any of the photos for a closer look.)

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Why embossed vellum, you ask?  So I could put battery operated votive candles inside. Aren’t they pretty?

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Cutting out all those little windows was a bit tedious (I used a craft knife) but I love the way they look.

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The stamps I used for embossing:

In order for the votive candles to fit I made the sides of the houses 1/4-inch longer than on the templates. Don’t forget to make the roofs 1/4-inch wider as well

Also, unless you cut out each roofline perfectly, I recommend you hold off on scoring all but the center line of your roof top.  Then hold it on your house and mark the next fold line.  This will make them fit better than on my houses, which are a bit wonky.

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This was a fun project to work on while listening to some Christmas music, and I love turning off the lights and admiring my glowing little village.

Merry Christmas and Happy Creating!

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8 thoughts on “Christmas Vellum Votive Village

  1. I love them, Sandy! Oh they’re so gorgeous. How cool to make them out of vellum and turn them into luminaries! Thanks for the shout out in your post. Have a wonderful Christmas! Hugs

  2. Awww, those are so cute!! I love both Nan’s and yours–may actually try to make something along those lines. Thanks for sharing another great idea!

  3. I just love your votive Village! I get to touch and play with Nan’s. I have to cut some out while I am here in Florida near her. It will be a hard choice desiring just what one I will make. Maybe I will make one with a Peter Rabbit theme for Easter…Thanks for sharing.

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