Urban Christmas village: 3-piece New York, Paris, Amsterdam holiday mantel decor set made of artisan paper, white light up houses


Holiday decorations don't have to be bulky. This meticulously detailed and easy-to-store paper Christmas luminary collection folds perfectly flat, so you can tuck it away in seconds, and your post-holiday cleanup is done. Perfect for gifting, too.

My luminaries are also available individually, here: https://belgianpaperworks.etsy.com?section_id=32259213

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Got a little nook in need of sparkle? Bring the radiance of New York, Paris, and Amsterdam to your home with a Christmas luminary village, and create a whole urban holiday vibe on your mantel or windowsill. Gather the collection together, or tuck in the special places around your home to be discovered one by one.

Representing three of the most beautiful cities in the world, each of the three urban luminaries features a unique array of delightful details: the iconic New York brownstone shines with glowing porchlights flanking its stoop, a classic brick facade, and an ornate cornice (and there's even a little kitty peeking from a side window); the elegant Parisian townhouse features a romantic garret, charming shutters, and traditional stonework; and the stately Amsterdam canal house wouldn't be complete without its stylish neck gable and miniature pulley beam, just as you would see while strolling around that great city. You'll want to zoom in on every delightful detail. 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.

Several of these photos were taken in extra-low light to show off the trio's intricate details. In daylight or a brighter space, their glow will appear more subdued -- bear in mind, they are luminaries, not lamps. But watch them closely as evening falls, and you will see that's when a Belgian Paperworks luminary really shines.


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.


Your luminaries will arrive fully assembled. Just 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 Christmas village back into its shipping box and slip it into a drawer. It hardly needs any storage space, because no one needs more bulky stuff.


Here in Northern California, sustainability is a way of life. Please see my FAQs or About section for information on my sustainability practices. Thank you.

~ Paper is flammable. Use flameless LED lights only.
~ This listing is for three luminaries.

© 2023 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.

    Reviews (4)


    This review is a bit late, having purchased many of Anne's lovely creations. I appreciate the wonderful "scandi" minimalist quality of these houses. One of these houses has a sweet little cat in the window. Such attention to detail!

    I absolutely love these! They are so unique.

    I love this set of buildings! Such beautiful detail!! I will buy from this seller again. Thank you!

    Thee luminaries are even more beautiful in person - the details are gorgeous. I'm a city person and the brownstone is just stunning! I'm in love and will be adding these to my collection. Recommended.

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