Tuesday, December 23, 2008

It Takes a Paper Village

To remind me how cheap Christmas can be. Wait, that didn't come out right. I meant to say that you don't have to spend a lot to have fun at Christmas. And here's the proof. It's Claudine Hellmuth's answer to those spendy plastic (Micheal's) or ceramic (Studio 56) miniature Christmas villages you see that are so weirdly adorable, kind of the way Disneyland is.

Some single pieces are upwards of $75! Yike! And you could make this instead, this cute paper village with houses in violation of strict Victorian palettes, with funny Dr. Suess flowers drawn on the side. And she lights them with those adorable little battery-operated tealights. We just got some of those the other day, they're fun. They sort of throb more than flicker, but I'm sure it looks better behind the window of a Christmas village house.

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