We’re bad bloggers. Over the last two weeks, we’ve not been sticking to our usual posting schedule. Things around here have been slightly manic, but we’re slowly getting back into the routine of things. With Christmas well on its way and to make up for our absence, all of this week we’ll be sharing our Christmas gifts to you!
To kick-start this week of freebies, we’re sharing the newest little addition to our Christmas decorations with you – our Dutch house inspired tea light holders.
Admittedly they weren’t the quickest of things we’ve ever made, but they do look really cute on our mantel and could probably even be out on display when it isn’t Christmas. If you’d like to make your own, you can download the template at the end of this post.
What you will need:
- Printed Templates
- Polymer Clay – We used Fimo
- Craft Knife
- Rolling Pin
This is how we made them:
Start by printing the templates (each house will fit on an A4 sheet of paper) and cutting them out with a craft knife. The neater you are now, the easier it will be later on.
Then roll out your clay. We wanted ours to be really thin, so that the light would slightly shine through the walls as well as the windows. To get the clay as even as possible, we used two strips of plastic as a guide on either side of the rolling pin.
Then, using the paper template as a guide, cut out the polymer shapes and bake them according to the instructions. You will need to cut out two of each shape – 2x front/back, 2x sides & 2x roof (if using them).
Tip: It’s almost impossible to lift the unbaked polymer house parts after cutting them as they are so fragile. Place your rolled out clay onto some aluminum foil before cutting out the shape. That way you won’t have to move it until it’s baked and hardened.
When you’re made all of the parts, all that’s left to do is glue the parts together.
Our little houses are made of Fimo, so shouldn’t really be flammable, but to be on the safe side, it’s always a good idea to use little LED candles instead of real ones. While making the houses, we actually decided against using the roofs, but the templates include them just in case you want to.
You can download the template that we used here: LittleHouseTeaLights.
Have you made any of your Christmas decorations this year? Do you have a little tea light village?