I printed my pattern onto a transparency then cut it out. I then embossed it with a Sizzix folder, and alcohol inked it green to give it a coke bottle effect. I used crinkled basket paper in kraft to create a nest on the inside. The roof was made with aluminum foil that was embossed then inked brown with alcohol ink. I decorated it with some holly and a few Prima Fairy Tale Roses that were died red. The sign was a small oval balsa wood shape that was stained with walnut ink and I hand wrote Home with a white gel pen. I added a little mushroom bird that I'd gotten from the floral section, then sprinkled a little snow here and there for a winter look.
This little guy has been living on my tree since 2010. That Christmas my husband and I had bought my daughter a car, and we hid the key in the little house. Since such a sweet gift was enclosed. I kept this one for myself, and every year we talk about the gift as we drag the ornament out of the box.
I love making these, and I've given some away with gift cards tucked inside. If you are careful how you attach the roof, it can be opened and closed.
I love having hand made ornaments on my tree. If you make these, I would love to see yours on the Artsy Addicts Facebook wall. Please be sure to tag me.
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