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Snowy Holiday House

Construction Time:

5 hours


(4) Expert

About This Project

Add a light and watch your darling Holiday house come to life!


1. Windows

  • Carefully pop out all window openings.

  • Fold all 4 sides of house along score line including side flaps. Also fold down roof supports.

  • Open house flat and place face down on your work space.

  • Using vellum cut windows measuring 11⁄2” x 21⁄2”.

  • Draw“windowpanes”using gray or blackmarker (fig1-a).

  • Place adhesive around window opening and attach to chipboard house.

  • Note: windows are attached to inside of house.

2. Shutters

  • Using green decorative cardstock cut 1⁄2”x2” strips. You will need 2 per window.

  • Attach shutters along both sides of all the windows.

  • Nudge shutters over window cutout slightly (fig. 1-b).

  • To give the shutters dimension, attach cardstock to a piece of chipboard 4”x8”. You may also use the window pop-outs. Glue sticks work best for attaching large pieces ofcardstock to chipboard.

  • When the adhesive has set, trim around the cardstock and cut into 1⁄2” x 2” shutters (2 per window).

3. Door

  • Apply adhesive to chipboard door and attach to green decorative cardstock.

  • When adhesive has set trim around the chipboard.

  • Punch a door knob using round paper punch and carefully attach to door.

  • Attach door to house.

4. Assembly of House

  • Carefullyfoldscore-lineonsideflapofhouse.

  • With house face up, apply adhesive to flap. Use enough adhesive to secure a tight bond.

  • Fold the corners of house in and attach flap to inside of house.

  • Secure corners with clips and allow to set.

  • When the bond has set attach white decorative trim to corners (see #5).

5. Decorative Trim

  • Using rotary trimmer with scallop blade or decorative scissors, cut 2 strips of white trim 1” wide and at least 9” in length. Set these aside. You will use later to cover the edge of the base.

  • Cut out a chimney cap using the Chimney Cap template. Also set aside.

  • Cut 4-5 pieces white trim 1⁄2” - 3⁄4” wide.

  • Cut 4 pieces of the narrow trim 6” in length.

  • Fold lengthwise and crease.(Using a straight edge or ruler score trim by mark a line down center of strip. Press lightly to indent the trim. This will make folding the trim much easier).

  • Apply adhesive down center of trim and attach to corner of house.

  • Trim away any excess.

6. Roof

  • Fold center score line of chipboard roof creating the peak. Also fold the score lines on the fascia (front edge of roof).

  • Apply adhesive to flaps and secure fascia to under side of roof creating a secure roof.

  • Attach clips to corners and allow adhesive to set.

7. Chimney & Dormer

  • Fold scored lines of chimney. Apply adhesive to side flap. Fold chimney in and secure tab on inside of chimney.

  • Attach clips to corner and allow adhesive to set.

  • Trim corner edges of chimney using the same technique used on sides of house.

  • Fold score lines of chipboard chimney cap.

  • Apply adhesive to corner tab and secure on inside of cap. Again, secure with clips until adhesive has set.

  • Trace the score lines onto the white Chimney Cap that you set aside, using the template as a guide. clip where indicated.

  • Fold and secure corners with adhesive to form a cap.

    Attach to chipboard cap.

  • Apply a small amount of adhesive around rim of chimney and attach cap.

  • Carefully attach chimney to roof by inserting chimney tab into small horizontal slit in roof.

  • Fold score-line of Dormer.

  • Carefully attach Dormer to roof by inserting tabs into roof.

  • Using “snow” template as a guide, cut out “snow”. Attach randomly to roof. Follow guidelines to fold over fascia of roof & dormer.

  • Attach “snow” to peak of roof and dormer following guides on templates.

8. Attaching House to Base

  • Cover 9” cake round with white cardstock and trim.

  • Using the pieces of 1” trim you set aside, cut lengthwise down center so you have trim pieces that are straight on one side and scallop on the other.

  • Carefully draw the trim over the edge of a table. This will slightly curl the trim for easier attachment to the round base.

  • Apply tacky glue to the edge of the cardboard base and attach trim to cover the corrugated edge.

  • Apply adhesive to bottom of house and place on covered base.

    Press in place.

  • Follow instructions on Template Guide to create tress.

  • Apply adhesive to bottom of trees and attach randomly to base.

  • Punch Holly using green cardstock and attach to shutters, door and peaks of house.

  • Using Red Stickles Glitter Glue or Nuvo Crystal Drops, you can add berries to the holly.

  • Punch circles of gray cardstock for walkway....set aside.

9. Snow

  • Mix equal parts SHAVING CREAM (not Gel) & WHITE GLUE to make snow

  • Thoroughly mix Puff Paint with flat paint brush 1⁄4” - 1⁄2” wide.

  • Apply paint to corner trim on house.

  • Continue applying Puff Paint to all pieces of paper “snow”.

  • Swirl brush to give snow texture.

  • Cover dormer and peak of roof as well as chimney cap.

  • Apply dabs of snow on top of windows and door. (fig 3-a)

  • Spread Puff Paint to base swirling around trees. Apply to base of house as well.

  • Press gray circles you set aside to create a walk way in front of the door.

  • Sprinkle glitter on “snow” while it is still wet.

  • Snow will puff up as it dries.

  • Allow snow to dry overnight.

Download Instructions

Download PDF instructions. Includes all templates referenced above.

Snowy Holiday House
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What You'll Need

  • Chipboard “Gingerbread” Funky House CHS-02

  • Adhesive (tacky craft glues work best)

  • Rotary paper trimmer with straight blade and scallop blade (or decorative scissors).

  • Heavy green cardstock (trees)

  • 9” cake round

  • 8”x8” white vellum

  • 4 sheets white cardstock

  • Green decorative paper

  • Scrap green cardstock (leaves) & gray (stepping stones)

  • Fine tip gray marker

  • Holly punch

  • Crystal Glitter

  • Puff Paint...recipe below

Optional Supplies

  • Paper clips or removable tape

  • Craft razor knife

  • Glue stick

  • 1” round punch

  • 4”x8” scrap chipboard(or use window pop-outs)

  • Red Stickles or Nuvo Crystal Drops

  • Single corded light – available at most Craft & Hobby stores

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