I printed my template onto some green card stock and cut some hand-marbled paper to fit inside each of the little rectangles and triangles
Before I glued down the patterned papers, I cut out the template, and made all the appropriate folds (with the printed side of the paper on the inside of the house so the lines don't show)
I ran some double sided tape along the flap. It's the kind of tape that has a film on top that you don't peel off until you're ready to stick it down. I could mail it like that to my partner and all she'll have to do is peel back the film and finish assembling the house.
I glued down all my patterned paper.
(Obviously you could paint or draw straight on your base, or you could use scrapbook paper, or old book pages, etc.)
I punched a hole at the top for the ribbon so it can be hung.
This is as far as I got with mine, and it's just begging for all kinds of cool embellishment and decoration. There is so much potential for what you can do with this template.
The beautiful thing about it? Even if you adhere all sorts of lumpy-bumpy dimensional objects, you can still send the house flat, in a padded envelope. Whatever you decide to use as a ribbon/ornament hook will have to be mailed unattached from the house and the recipient will have to string it together.
Make a house ornament using a milk-carton style template of your choice.
Feel free to make more than one. You will get back the same number you receive.
Pack them carefully and securely in a padded envelope.
I will re-use your padded envelope to mail you back your new houses.
Include a mailing label with your name and address on it.
Include the amount of postage it costs you to send it to me. (Include stamps or cash in the envelope, or send it to me via paypal)
Sign the back of your house with your name and contact info, or include a little note/card for your partners so they know who created the house and how to reach you to say thanks.
Mail them to me no later than December 2nd.
I'll get them back out to you by December 14th so you'll have them in time for Christmas.
I'm keeping this one U.S. only so that I don't have to deal with customs forms and post-office lines right before Christmas.
I won't be hosting any other swaps in December so that I can focus on my family and my favorite holiday traditions. Never fear, there will be plenty of great swaps starting up again in January 2014.