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    • Karissa Byars

      DIY Houses by Night  A little town at night.. isn’t it sweet?! There are a few tricks to making this DIY a success, all to do with finding the perfect image. 1. What you’re looking for is a picture of a house/castle/building that’s taken front-on (perspective works, but not as well). You could take it from your favourite magazine, an old calendar, or even print some from the internet. Up to you! In fact, you could even print a photo of your house if you have one! 2. The print needs to have a bit of space either side of the house to wrap around to the back of the votive. 3. It’s best to choose a picture that is higher in the middle than at the sides, and sides that are about the same height. 4. Choose a house that has some windows visible. 5. If possible, find a picture that has nothing printed on the back. If you can’t, not to worry – it could add a nice effect (like mine did)! I was lucky enough to have found some old photo books at a market in Germany that hold some of the coolest black and white photos from the War era.. perfect for a project like this one! Here’s what you’ll need: **Note: Use only Battery powered tea lights! Because paper is highly flammable, it would be very dangerous to use real candles! If you’re set on using real candles, wrap and secure the paper cutout around the outside of a glass jar, and use the jar to hold your candle. Make sure no paper is overhanging the top of the jar, and make sure you keep an eye on it!** :) Step 1: You want to start cutting and finish cutting at around the same height on either side of your picture. Use the scissors to cut straight in to where your house begins, cut around the top of the house, and cut straight back out to the edge at around the same height as you cut in. Make sense? Maybe this will help: Step 2: Trim away any other areas you don’t want, but don’t trim the sides yet. Step 3: Using your Xacto knife and a cutting mat, carefully cut out any windows you want the light to shine through. I found at this stage (because my paper was a bit fragile) it was easiest to press the knife in, rather than drag it. Step 4: Wrap the image into a cylinder (size is up to you) and sticky tape it together. Trim around the top if it doesn’t quite match, as well as any excess where you joined it. Step 5: Add your battery operated tea light, and wait until it gets dark! **Note: Use only battery powered tea lights! Because paper is highly flammable, it would be very dangerous to use real candles! If you’re set on using real candles, wrap and secure the paper cutout around the outside of a glass jar, and use the jar to hold your candle. Make sure no paper is overhanging the top of the jar, and make sure you keep an eye on it!

    • The Felted Fox

      Would work well for a Christmas village, too.

    • Elizabeth Dugas

      House By Night - Cute DIY idea for dinner party or added ambience

    • Dawn Corkrey

      light houses by night

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