Bring the unique warmth of French style to your home with this Provence-inspired folding paper luminary. A lovely addition to the Belgian Paperworks Christmas village, this piece was created in memory of a village chocolaterie nestled in the south of France and brings beauty and culture wherever you place it. During the day its gentle colors will remind you of sun-kissed Provence, but in the evenings, it becomes even more magical as each window shines with the gently flickering glow of an LED tea light, included with US purchases.
Let it bring back cherished memories of a journey through Europe, or perhaps it will inspire you to plan your dream vacation!
I use creamy, cold-pressed watercolor paper (acid-free and very strong) as the foundation for each piece. Then, I assemble every luminary by hand, adding layers of meticulously cut paper until every piece is literally ready to shine. Layers enhance their strength and durability, too. And I always cut with a blade, never a laser, so no matter how closely you look, you will never find a "toasted" edge in my work. Zoom right in to see every crisp detail.
Once your folding luminary arrives, simply pop it up and put the tabs through the slots. Tuck in the LED tea light, and sit back to enjoy the glow.
Learn more about my inspiration, my design and creative processes, and my sustainable workshop by visiting my shop's "About" section.
© 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.
5-7 business days
Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.
Just contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back to me within: 30 days of delivery
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.
Please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Information collected when you purchase from Belgian Paperworks will only be used to process your order.
All payments are handled through Etsy’s third-party payment processor and/or Paypal. Other than the amount of your order, your financial information is never shared with Belgian Paperworks.
Personal information, including name, address, email, and other details of your order will be shared with shipping providers as needed to deliver your order to you, and will never be shared with any other third party. For the purposes of maintaining the shop owner’s tax records, your information will be retained for a period not to exceed seven years.
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.
Nov 26, 2023
I love my paper luminary! It rained the day my package arrived, and the box was soaked. I was so scared to open it and find my item ruined, especially since it's made of paper! It was so well packaged, however, that the items inside were dry and intact! The paper shop itself is beautifully made. I love the colors and how charming it looks. I also appreciated the handwritten note and free gift, an ornament which looks so nice on my Christmas tree. I look forward to buying from this shop again!
Nov 11, 2023
I have bought several of Anne’s beautiful paper houses and this one of a French candy shop is just as exquisite. Will bring joy every day of the holiday season! Highly recommend!
Jul 26, 2023
Jul 13, 2023
This charming chocolate shop is somehow even more magical than the other beautiful houses I’ve gotten from Anne’s incredible collection! The colors are so delightful, it looks like a dessert in itself.
Jul 11, 2023
Amazing attention to detail on this adorable keepsake. Proudly displaying year round.