Country Sampler Special Edition

Scrappy Village Scene

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Create a neighborho­od of houses to display a selection of holiday cards. From scrap wood, cut houses of various heights and shapes and with different roof pitches. The largest houses will be used to display cards, with smaller ones serving as spacers. Dry brush each house white and apply a brown paint wash to the roof. On each house that will hold a card, drill a hole in the roof and insert a length of wire slightly larger than the hole to keep it in place. Bend the top of the wire around a dowel rod to create a coil. Arrange the houses on a mantel or table, add cards, and trim with greenery.

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