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Here's how the elf cottage was put together.
The Roof: The tip of a paper mache cone was cut off, then sealed up with a piece of chipboard. Three slits were cut along the bottom edge of the cone, then slightly curled up. Random shaped pieces of patterned paper were applied to the surface of the cone with mod podge. Then some hand stitching was applied to the seams. Some circles were cut out from patterned paper and applied to the roof along with some pearl stickers. Stick pins, twigs, paper and real feathers were tied together with twine and then attached to the front of the roof.
The chimney was made out of rolled recycled cardboard, that was fitted together then covered with patterned paper. A small paper cone was then adhered to the top and thin wire was wrapped loosely around it. A hole was made in the roof, then the chimney was carefully pushed into place. A little hot glue was applied on the inside of the roof to secure in place.