3 Dutch Christmas tree ornaments: Delft handcrafted paper holiday decorations, perfect gift for the traveler


Thoughtfully adorned with lovely cut paper accents, this elegant Dutch Christmas ornament collection is just the thing to add festive delight to your Christmas tree, windowsill, or any place you wish to create a spark of magic. Gather the meticulously detailed houses into a little village, or sprinkle them throughout your home to be discovered one by one.

Also available in red, via the drop-down menu.


Handcrafted from creamy watercolor paper, accented with blue floral accents and roofs, and topped with felted woolen balls on red and white baker's twine, this trio of statuesque canal houses includes a bell gable, a neck gable, and a spout gable. Also available in red.

The ornaments even feature tiny "hijsbalks", the traditional pulley beams used to hoist weighty loads from canal-level to the higher floors. Every Dutch canal house has one, so these do, too!

In my work it’s all about the details, so each meticulously cut element is designed to delight. With windows on every side, they look fabulous no matter which way they turn.

The ornaments are each about 2" wide, and the tallest is 5.5" of classic Dutch style.

You won't want to pack them away after the holidays...

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© 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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    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, 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

    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.

    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!


    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.

    These little houses are adorable and remind me of my visit to Amsterdam. Such fine detail and beautiful blue accents.

    I sent these as a gift, and the recipient absolutely loves them. Shipping to the UK was prompt and hassle-free. I couldn't be more pleased with my purchase!

    These canal houses are fantastic! They are so beautiful and charming in their simplicity! I’m so excited to be able to share them as gifts!

    Another wonderful set of Canal House ornaments! Don’t hesitate… these detailed ornaments are perfection! Great customer service, safely packed and quick shipping! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    A further purchase and very pleased!

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