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DIY Paper Tea Light Houses

"These pretty tealight houses have a simple but stylish Scandinavian look that is very appealing. Set the finished row of houses up on the mantelshelf with a tealight behind each house section—the open windows and doors will be lit with a warm glow, making a charming display." — "Handmade Christmas"


  • Tracing paper
  • Pencil
  • 9 x 20 in. (22 x 50 cm) thin white card
  • Scalpel or craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Metal rule
  • Tea lights


  1. Enlarge the above template by 200 percent. With tracing paper and a pencil, trace the template and carefully transfer the outline onto the thin white card.
  2. Using a scalpel or craft knife, cut out the outline of the houses. Cut out the windows and decorations on the houses, taking care not to cut the indicated score lines.
  3. Score the fold lines where indicated and fold back. Score down between each house.
  4. Fold one house forward and one house back to make a corrugated row of houses. Place a tea light behind each house at a safe distance.

Available on Amazon. Excerpted from "Handmade Christmas." Published by Cico Books.

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