Someone asked on Facebook recently if there will ever be enough little houses... her comment had me smiling in agreement. How about this putz house ornament from Carol Fisher in Chicago? So cute! Carol's Etsy shop, Holiday Spirits, is where you'll find an entire village of tiny buildings to paint and glitter. I love that the kits come with tinsel, ribbon, hand-glittered bottle brush trees and matching wreath in your choice of three colors, and even a sheet of pretty vellum for the windows.
I was wondering about the term 'putz'... turns out it derives from the German word putzen and means to take your time decorating... now there's a happy (and sensible) thought. Little houses as Christmas decor were popular in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s apparently, but it's safe to say they've made quite the comeback the past few years.
Something else that's super popular is anything geometric. Combine that with folded books and you've hit a true sweet spot!
Dorisse of Paper Statement might live in far away Germany, but she's made a tutorial for these nifty folded book ornaments available as an instant download so you can get started right away.
They're even on sale at the moment - 20% off with coupon code Xmas2014. You'll receive a PDF that features hand drawn folding diagrams and tips for choosing the right type of book.
More geometrics... Michelle Ebersöhn of Cronus + Rhea in Texas is a graphic designer and multimedia specialist who enjoys exploring geometric abstraction. Lucky for us, she developed kits for making a collection of elegant ornaments in sophisticated colors.
I'd be hard-pressed to take them down when the holidays are over!
Stefani Tadio of Pine Tree Designs in upstate New York recently launched a kit for making a stitched Christmas tree card. I think it would be great as an ornament too if you or the recipient would cut the card down in size by following the red outline. It's far too pretty to hide away in a drawer with a batch of cards... just punch a hole and add a hanging cord.
Stefani also has a pretty shellburst embroidery kit if you're looking for a small project to keep your hands busy once the Christmas rush is over.
Linda Thalmann of PaperPhine in Austria is always coming up with imaginative ways to use paper twine and has put together clever kits. Because sturdy paper twine can be unfurled, it's possible to make little circle ornaments.
Then again, you could just assemble paper twine wrapped wooden spools to make a very modern and impromtu Christmas tree. The kit comes with wire and mold to create a star topper and you could even decorate the structure with your paper circles. Linda has other kits too, for everything from bracelets to baskets.
If Linda Thalmann and Stefani Tadio are familiar names to you, that's probably because they designed wonderfully unique projects for the All Things Paper book. Linda's is a crocheted necklace made with fine paper yarn and Stefani's is a stitched and beaded sticky note notepad holder.
One last kit for today would be Helen Hiebert's popular Shadow Ornament. You can read more about all of her festive paper craft kits here.
Kits are great little stocking stuffers, not to mention they'll keep until after the big day. If you're like me, you might enjoy working on small projects in the evenings leading up to the new year while still in a festive mood. Happy making!