Christmas village half-timbered church: handmade from intricate layers of classic French watercolor paper


Shipping to United States: Free

Ready to sprinkle some twinkling magic over your mantel for the holidays, or all year round? The statuesque half-timbered cathedral, glowing with gentle light through its many diamond-paned windows, is just the thing. Small enough to fit anywhere, yet detailed enough to create a striking statement, its countless features are irresistible -- with its 6 finials, layer upon layer of intricately cut wood-grained trim, and the deeply inset grand doorway, it is by far my most elaborate piece to date. Bask in its cozy warmth after a long day or send it to a loved one who could use a little extra light right now.

Fancy a whole village? You'll find the matching village here

Several more villages can be found here

All you need to do is pop them up and put the tabs in the slots - no glue or tape required. Tuck in the LED tea light, included with US shipments, and sit back to enjoy the glow. Because of its unique steeple, this piece is thicker than most when folded -- close to 1".

In need of a gift for someone special? We’ve got you covered. Belgian Paperworks paper lanterns are the perfect gift for:
~ housewarming
~ first (paper) anniversary
~ host or hostess
~ Mother’s Day
~ teacher
- grandmother and mother-in-law
I can wrap it for you, and even include a handwritten note -- just tell me what you would like it to say.

Got questions? Send them my way.

Use flameless LED lights only.

© 2020 Anne Louvau, all rights reserved. Usage, reproduction, or altering of artwork is not permitted without permission. Each piece of artwork is an intellectual property and is protected by copyright law.

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I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations

Just contact me within: 14 days of delivery

Ship items back to me within: 30 days of delivery

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    Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    How I make my paper houses

    I use creamy French watercolor paper, beautifully textured and very strong, as the foundation for each building. I cut meticulous details with a blade, not a laser -- this means every cut is crisp and beautiful, never toasted! Everything is hand-assembled by me, with some luminaries having as many as nine layers or close to 80 pieces. Finally the most delicate bits are reinforced until every house is, literally, ready to shine. The finished houses are folded flat for shipping and storage.

    Your paper lanterns may differ slightly from the photos. As each one is made especially for you, every building is unique.

    Set up instructions

    My paper buildings will come to you fully assembled and folded flat. Simply pop the house up and ease the tabs through the slots -- they will fit snugly. And that's it, no glue or tape needed. Tuck in the LED tea light, then sit back and enjoy the glow! After the holidays just press the bottom where labeled and the house will flatten for storage, or leave them out year round, as many collectors do.

    Using folding paper lanterns outdoors

    Because they are paper, our houses should only sit on dry surfaces. Some of our collectors set them out on pretty crockery, rustic wooden boards, or other decorative surfaces to protect them from moisture. Weight each house with a handful of pennies or uncooked rice -- this will hold it in place if a small breeze blows through your festivities. Bring inside at the end of the party! They will not last outdoors overnight.

    The surprising durability of folding paper lanterns

    Far thicker than traditional card stock, my 140 pound French watercolor paper is not only beautiful, it is strong. With this mighty paper for a foundation, my buildings are designed to last for years. And unlike ceramic or wooden Christmas villages, these resilient paper lanterns are more likely to survive an accidental fall from a mantel, or from curious little hands.

    Storages tips

    Paper naturally absorbs humidity from the air over time, so it's important to stow your houses in a dry location with a constant temperature. An interior space, such as a closet or a small box under the bed, would be ideal. Then, when you pull your houses out next winter, they will be fresh and ready to go. Or, to glow!

    Belgian Paperworks is not able to ship to Germany

    Germany takes recycling seriously, and I applaud them for it. Their LUCID program ensures that all recycling costs associated with packaging and shipping materials are prepaid by the business where they originate. My little business is too small at this time to register with the LUCID program, so I am not legally able to ship to Germany.

    Reviews (3)


    The half timber church is a beautiful piece of paper art. Expertly made and adorable with the tea lights making it glow from within. I love it!

    Lovely church I purchased to accompany the village homes in the same seasonal style. Folded together easily and tea lights included for display. Shipped safely. Thank you!

    The most beautiful craftsmanship went into this piece. I love it!

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