This elegant Parisian miniature paper house ornament captures the timeless essence of the City of Light, and its unmistakable European style evokes a sense of wonder and nostalgia.
As with all of my work, attention to detail makes this piece special. The traditional Parisian mansard roof is centered around a charming attic window, while the front and back of the house have inviting steps, shutters, and potted plants. With windows on every side, the ornament delights from every angle, and it's topped off with a baker's twine loop and woolen ball accent. And because it's constructed from layers of thick watercolor paper, it's destined to become an heirloom. Perfect for gifting.
Each miniature house is 4" tall, with a depth of 1.5" and a width of 1.6". The white ornament has a roof of red, gray, or blue.
See my similar ornaments inspired by Amsterdam (https://www.etsy.com/listing/1269967604/set-of-3-christmas-ornaments-dutch-canal) and New York (https://www.etsy.com/listing/1503648491/brooklyn-brownstone-christmas-ornament). My French chocolate shop luminary can be found here https://www.etsy.com/listing/1511649425/the-chocolate-shop-folding-paper.
For more on my inspiration, artistic process, and sustainability commitment, visit my About section. There's much more to discover!
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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.
Jan 6, 2024
Reminded my husband and I of all the buildings / homes we saw in Paris! We wanted something to represent that time that wasnt an Eiffel Tower or a croissant and this was perfect. Not heavy so you can place on any branch!
Dec 19, 2023
This ornament is beautifully designed and executed, with such lovely details. It is also a step further up the hand-made ladder than I was expecting; I assumed the artist used a Cricut or similar cutter to make multiples, but the corners of the windows show those telltale overlap cuts you get with an X-acto that any artist will recognize. Lots of love and effort in this piece. =) Shipping was super fast within the state of California, as well. I think I received it 2 or 3 days after ordering.
Dec 7, 2023
This house is absolutely incredible. It is beautifully made, and looks lovely on my tree. The workmanship is outstanding. I highly recommend this seller.
Nov 9, 2023
Amazing work! Shipping was quick and the packaging was very thoughtful.
Sep 21, 2023
Very happy with these new Paris buildings…with lots of nice details! Always well packed and quick shipping…plus a nice little bonus! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️