Thursday, 28 November 2013

The Secret Surprise Christmas House Tutorial

I have had some fun over the past few weeks developing an idea I had for these cute little houses as I thought they would look great sitting on a Christmas table with a little treat inside, but how to get the treats inside! This is what I managed to put together.

To make this house I used 2.5mm card stock (grey card). Cut out the house pattern (this link will take you to the pattern)

 Score the fold lines with a knife. This is now the outside of the house.

 Paste and cover the inside of the house with a decorative paper and trim the paper level with the card.

Fold the sides of the house up so they meet and using pre pasted paper tape or scotch tape, secure the sides together  

  Using your house pattern trace around it on a piece of fabric that will cover the outside of your house. Now ADD 1 cm around all the pattern before you cut it out.

  Glue the base of the house into the middle of the fabric

Clip the 1cm seam allowance into the corner. Glue the sides on and wrap the excess around the sides of the house. Clip the top so it will over lap and go inside the house

Fold in the 1cm seam allowance and clip in 1cm at the roof break point

Glue the front and back. Glue and fold the fabric inside the box over the point. You will need to mitre this for a nice point

 Glue the 2 roof pieces onto the roof fabric and cut out leaving a 1cm seam all around 
Cut the corners off the fabric to make it easier to mitre, as you glue it to the card.

 I use this bone folder to flatten the fabric in position, and I would not be without it!

 Cut 2 pieces of fabric (6.5cm x 3cm) to attach the roof pieces to the house and then turn the edges under 1cm on both sides. This is your hinge

 Take 1 hinge and fold in 1/2, glue 1/2 of the hinge inside the house. Repeat on the opposite side 

 Position the roof onto the house and then glue the remainder of the hinge into position. A bit fiddly but you will get there. 
Cut 2 pieces of decorative paper to cover the inside of your roof. Glue these into position.

  Cut 2 pieces of ribbon and glue to the outside of the roof

 Cut a piece of ribbon to go around the ribbon on the roof and tie together to pull the roof closed
Now decorate the house with doors, windows and any other embellishment that you fancy

And fill with sweets for a special surprise

You now have your own little house

Have a great week

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  1. You have perfected the art of "house building", it seems. They turned out lovely! Well done. I will definitely give this a try, although maybe not this year ;)!

  2. A great tutorial you have made! And what a lovely idea to put some little treats inside for the Christmas table!

  3. Great project-thanks for sharing!