ETSY DESIGN AWARDS finalist 2023: Half-Timbered Layered Paper Christmas Village - folds perfectly flat to store

$118.00



I am delighted to announce that my Half-Timbered Paper Christmas Village is a finalist in the 2023 Etsy Design Awards. It's an honor to be in the company of such incredible designers.

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Christmas decorations don't have to be bulky. This handcrafted and easy-to-store Christmas village looks lovely on your mantel, then folds perfectly flat so you can tuck it away in seconds and your post-holiday cleanup is done. A thoughtful gift for anyone living in a small space, too.

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

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Gently lit by flickering LED candles, it's the perfect way to create winter magic. Gather the three village houses into a cozy scene, or sprinkle them throughout your home to be discovered one by one. You can even add the church for a true village feel.

I have created their timbers and roofs with rich and beautiful wood-grained paper. The smallest cottages have stone-textured chimneys, the stately townhouses display regal shields, and even the shutters are 3 dimensional.

Your pieces will arrive flat and fully assembled. Just pop them up and put the tabs through the slots - no glue or tape is needed. 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. They don't take up any storage space, because no one needs more bulky stuff.

DESIGN

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 its 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.

On these half-timbered houses, details are cut from stunning wood-grained paper. And look closely: the cottage has a stone-textured chimney, the townhouse displays a regal shield, and shutters are 3D.

Details and photos of each piece can be found here:

Small house:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/916585477/christmas-village-house-handcrafted-of

Medium house:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/917366741/christmas-village-house-handcrafted-of

Tall house:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/1508495205/folding-paper-tea-light-house-an

Church:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/912089571/

MEASUREMENTS
Cottage: 3" wide by 4" high by 3" deep
Farmhouse: 3" wide by 4.5" high by 3" deep
Townhouse: 3" wide by 6" high by 3" deep
The optional church is 7.5 inches tall.

SET UP AND STORAGE

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.

SUSTAINABILITY

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

I ship my luminaries in a thin cello sleeve to protect from winter moisture. If you prefer a paper sleeve, just mention it during check out, and I will happily make that switch.

Got questions? Send them my way.

~ Use flameless LED lights only.
~Listing is for three village houses with an optional church.

© 2020 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!

    Sustainability

    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.

    Anne and her shop deserve a plus after each cluster of 5 stars. The packaging was artful, personalized, and generous. The detail on this set of timbered houses is incredibly beautiful and storing them flat is a bonus. The design award was well deserved.


    Very high quality and beautiful. And the seller shipped right away and very quickly. Highly recommend!


    Beautiful quality, lots of details and easy to set up.


    Todo increible y muy bonito detalle


    This is absolutely beautiful. I am so happy to receive these beautiful houses and church, the quality of the paper and detail work is very impressive.


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