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Christmas Cottage

This charming Christmas cottage doubles as an adorable gift box for edible sweets when lined with parchment paper.




  • Crepe paper
  • Papier-mache house box 
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Paper or card stock
  • Pine needles or birch bark
  • Hot-glue gun and hot-glue sticks
  • Gold Liquid Leaf or Rub 'n Buff finish (optional)
  • Gold glitter hot-glue sticks (optional)
  • Ribbon, Dresden, trims, etc. (optional)
  • Parchment paper for packaging food, if needed


  1. Step 1

    Cut a piece of crepe paper long enough to reach around entire house. Rub glue stick over all sides of bottom piece of house; wrap crepe paper around house and smooth in place. Trim excess paper.

  2. Step 2

    Cut windows and doors from paper or card stock; adhere to house with glue. Cut crepe paper to make shutters; glue next to windows.

  3. Step 3

    To cover the roof, gather a bunch of pine needles and sink into a dab of hot glue on a hot-glue mat, letting glue harden on mat. Use more hot glue to attach pine needle bunches to roof. Alternatively, cut birch bark into 1-by-1 1/2-inch rectangles and use hot glue to attach these pieces as "shingles" to the roof, starting at the bottom edge and overlapping up to the peak.

  4. Step 4

    Use gold Liquid Leaf to paint the pine needles, or use Rub 'n Buff gold finish to accent bark shingles.

  5. Step 5

    Add hot-glue icicles to roof edge with gold glitter hot-glue sticks, if desired.

  6. Step 6

    Finish decorating house with ribbons, Dresden medallions, papers, trims, etc.

  7. Step 7

    To use house box to package food, line inside of house with parchment paper.

Martha Stewart's Holiday Open House, December 2010



Reviews (4)

  • pugdoglovesme 20 Dec, 2010

    I was woundering where they got the houses used on the program the ones for sale when you click on the sorce is not the same. those are two story houses i want the one story

  • dmstauch 18 Dec, 2010

    where can I buy the birch bark?

  • MSLO_Melissa 13 Dec, 2010

    The windows are cut from paper or card stock, available at crafts stores. Gold crepe paper (for the shutters) is available at Castle in the Air:

  • creekside 8 Dec, 2010

    What is the source for the windows and shutters used on these houses? Thank you