Winter Pinterest challenge (with free printable)

Hello friends! Here is my contribution to the Winter Pinterest Challenge, hosted by Young House Love, Bower Power, Hi Sugarplum, and The Great Indoors.


I was a bit hamstrung by the fact I’m still living a bit in chaos…. my sewing machine and all my fabric is at my mum’s, and her house is the only place I can sand and paint these days. All my tools are there – even all  my wrapping paper. You get the idea!

So I did a little papercraft … just because. And I made a free printable on the off chance you’d like a teeny little house in your house. For best results print on vellum, but normal (thinnish) paper with cut outs for the windows would be cute too.


Mine’s a bit small because the only vellum I had was 7×9… but you can make it as big as you like. I used a small torch to light it up but it would work best a little bit bigger and popped over the top of an LED tealight. Ignore all the little gaps in mine – I was a bit slapdash with the sellotape.



I was inspired by this pin from


I much prefer her version! I’m on the look out for some nice pictures that will work to make cute votives like this. I think they’d be lovely somewhere in our new flat. But first, I need to track down some LED tea lights (quite hard to come by in the UK I’ve found).


I took the house front from this picture of our holiday in Holland:


You could use this method to make a souvenir of a favourite building from your travels, or your home or a special home from your past, or you can use the free printable and create this little Dutch house.

What will I do with my little house? Well. I think for now it will go on a little knick knack shelf, but at Chrismas I might punch a hole in the top so it can hang on our tree.

I think I’ll be finishing up my filing cabinet paint project at my mum’s house tonight so look back later this week for that!



  • Ainhoa
    March 14, 2012 - 11:39 am | Permalink

    That is such a great idea! And I love the original photo you took. Leds are hard to find here, too.

  • Melanie @ Mailbox Journey
    March 14, 2012 - 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Very cool! Can’t wait to see that filing cabinet makeover! :D

  • Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove
    March 14, 2012 - 1:08 pm | Permalink

    This is easily the cutest thing I have ever seen! I love the idea of using buildings that are important or symbolic. :)

  • Christine @ Casa
    March 15, 2012 - 3:09 pm | Permalink

    This is adorable!! I love the idea of making these for buildings that are sentimental to you.

  • Erin @ The Great Indoors
    March 22, 2012 - 2:21 pm | Permalink

    Cute! I like your idea of putting it on your Christmas tree, especially if you make one per year based on your travels. Great job, and thanks for linking up with the Winter Pinterest Challenge!Erin

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