An elegant collection to add festive delight to your Christmas tree, holiday table, or any place you wish to create an unforgettable spark of magic.
Or host a magical dinner party by placing an ornament at each plate, creating an evening your guests will never forget.
Each ornament is handmade by myself from creamy watercolor paper, accented with roofs of Delft blue, red or gray timber, and each topped a felted woolen ball.
The statuesque trio includes a bell gable, a neck gable, and a spout gable and each one features a tiny "hijsbalk", the traditional pulley beams used to hoist weighty loads from canal-level to the higher floors. Every Dutch canal house has one, so these had to have them, too!
With windows on every side, the houses look fabulous no matter which way they turn.
Each ornaments is about 2" wide, and the tallest is 5.5" of classic Dutch style.
Perfect for gifting, as well. I'm happy to ship directly to your recipients, and can even include a handwritten note if you wish.
Got questions? Send them my way.
© 2022 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 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, 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.
Your pieces will arrive fully assembled. All you need to do is pop them up and put the tabs through the slots - no glue or tape is required. Tuck in the LED tea lights included with US shipments, and sit back to enjoy the glow.
At the end of the season, simply fold your luminaries back into their small shipping box and slip them into a drawer until next time.
They take up almost no space, because no one needs more bulky stuff to store.
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.
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!
Here in Northern California, sustainability is a way of life at home as well as in my business. I am proud to say that my studio is largely powered by geothermal energy.
I constantly search out papers from climate-mindful mills sharing my concern for our planet, including papers that are FSC-certified, CO2-neutral, or Cradle-to-Cradle Certified Silver. And because my papers are acid-free and archival, they'll last for decades.
My ornaments are created from the paper offcuts left after cutting larger pieces, allowing me to substantially minimize waste in the studio. And because my luminaries fold flat and ship in a small box, they require significantly less shipping materials (and less transport fuel) as they make their way to you.
Sep 22, 2023
Absolutely beautiful!! Incredible details. These will make a wonderful gift for my sister-in-law who likes to collect Dutch items. Thanks for everything.
Sep 17, 2023
Dec 28, 2022
Beautiful, well-made, unique ornaments! I highly recommend them.
Dec 23, 2022
So so beautiful, great work.
Dec 13, 2022
Even more beautiful in person than the photos. Gorgeous craftsmanship.