A couple of weeks ago during my craft retreat I had one project in mind and knew I wanted to create 24 Advent Houses after seeing a couple of friends make them over the last year or so.
As soon as I arrived on the Friday afternoon, I set to work and die cut the houses from mount board. I didn't have many Christmas papers in my stash so went with a brown theme and my favourite Tim Holtz style. I used die cuts, stamps, papers, ribbons, punches, gems and lots of other products too. As I wanted to go over the edges of the houses I decided not to join them together in a row on a couple of pieces of ribbon. I completed the houses on the Saturday but sadly couldn't finish the project whilst I was there.
In the end and after a few different ideas, I decided to go with standing each house individually in a cotton reel using memo pins. I had to order more reels and pins when I arrived home and have spent the last week decorating these when I had a few spare minutes. I finally finished the project this morning and I'm rather happy with the end result.
Unfortunately I don't have a fireplace in my modern house so they are lined up along a windowsill instead. It's difficult to take a picture of all of them in a row so here are four photos to give you an idea of how I decorated each house.
I really enjoyed this festive project and think that it is something that could be adapted for any occasion such as a new home or a person's name etc.