When collecting projects to feature in our new book, Cutting Machine Crafts, we wanted to include our readers’ favorite crafts. These Scandinavian paper houses and the coordinating winter paper village were both at the top of the list! We made our projects using simple white paper. But you can add your own creative touch by using different colors and by adding details to the design. One great thing about these paper house crafts is how easy they are to make. And they can be used in many different ways!

Get Crafty with Paper Houses

Here are my three favorite ways for how to use these paper house crafts as holiday decorations and throughout winter.

  1. Christmas ornaments for the holiday tree — The open bottom of the little houses allows you to tuck a bulb from a string light inside the houses to light them from the inside. You could also add a base to the houses and use them for your advent calendar or as a way to share a handwritten note for someone to discover.
  2. Winter hurricane lantern décor — To make this lantern, just attach your paper house to the outside of the glass hurricane candle holder or cut and apply a white vinyl. I used battery-operated candles inside our glass. This allowed me to insert a pretty polka-dot vellum to create the look of snow. You can make a cluster of hurricanes or resize the image to fit any glass cylinder and add that perfect Scandinavian touch to your holiday house décor.
  3. Mantel Christmas decorations — I love to combine these tiny paper houses with our layered paper village to create a winter scene. You can thread mini string lights through the village and add an electronic tea light inside each tiny house. Then surround the scene with fragrant winter greens.

You can find the PDF patterns, SVG cut files, and full instructions for each of these projects in our Cutting Machine Crafts book or a similar version of each project by following the links above.

We can’t wait to see what you create for the holidays—or how you use these paper house crafts! Remember to use the hashtag #MadeWithLia on Instagram so we can spot your pictures. Or you can post them on our Facebook page.

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For more holiday inspiration, make sure to follow us on Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube. Or become a member of our crafting community. Let us know if you have any questions and, in the meantime, happy holiday crafting! ~Lia and team

Winter hurricane candle lantern décor with paper houses Paper village scene on mantel below DIY paper wreathCutting Machine Crafts book by Lia Griffith laying on paper plants and flowers