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Christmas Cottage

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

Source: Martha Stewart's Holiday Open House, December 2010


  • Crepe paper

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

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

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

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

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