BelgianPaperworks

Making your holidays magical with paper and light

| Graton, California

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Announcement    Belgian Paperworks is a small paper art studio located in Sonoma County, California. Each piece is handcrafted with care and attention to detail. I use classic watercolor paper, my wonderful computer-assisted plotter cutter, and a range of hand tools and techniques to create my work, and it is my hope that my love of paper shines through in every piece. Thank you so much for supporting my handmade paper art!

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Last updated on Dec 15, 2021

Belgian Paperworks is a small paper art studio located in Sonoma County, California. Each piece is handcrafted with care and attention to detail. I use classic watercolor paper, my wonderful computer-assisted plotter cutter, and a range of hand tools and techniques to create my work, and it is my hope that my love of paper shines through in every piece. Thank you so much for supporting my handmade paper art!

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About BelgianPaperworks

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On Etsy since 2011

Sending light and love around the world, one paper village at a time.

Welcome to Belgian Paperworks. My work is inspired by the sense of warmth and well-being that comes from cozying up at home or the home of someone you love. Every piece is designed and built right here in my sunny Sonoma County studio, tucked away down a one-lane road on an old orchard where we grow apples and persimmons, walnuts and olives, and of course, the grapes this region is known for.

My folding paper lanterns began as a sustainable alternative to our family’s usual holiday card, becoming more elaborate and detailed every year. I still design and build each one myself, cutting facades from creamy 140-pound French watercolor paper and adding detail for texture, dimension, and strength. The finished houses sparkle with cozy warmth, certain to make you smile.

These wonderfully textured and richly colored papers, all acid-free, are created in European mills using traditional, sustainable techniques. I select each paper with beauty and archival qualities in mind.

Want to see more? My Instagram feed features process photos, and well as snapshots of my work in forever homes all over the world. If you wish, you may also join the Belgian Paperworks collectors' email list here https://mailchi.mp/belgianpaperworks/Etsy for occasional updates about what's taking shape on my workbench, new collections coming to the shop, and early notification of upcoming sales. I would love to see you there.

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Last updated on Dec 31, 2021
Frequently asked questions
How do you make your paper houses?

I use creamy French watercolor paper, beautifully textured and very strong, as the foundation for each building. Meticulous details are added by hand, with some houses having as many as seven layers, or close to 80 pieces. Finally the most delicate bits are reinforced, until every house is, literally, ready to shine. The finished houses are folded flat for shipping and storage.

Your paper lanterns may differ slightly from the photos. As each one is made especially for you, every building is unique.

How do I set your houses up? Can I really make them flat again for storage?

My paper buildings will come to you fully assembled and folded flat. Simply pop the house up and ease the tabs through the slots -- they will fit snugly. And that's it, no glue or tape needed. Tuck in the LED tea light, then sit back and enjoy the glow! After the holidays just press the bottom where labeled and the house will flatten for storage, or leave them out year round, as many collectors do.

Can they be used outdoors?

Absolutely! Because they are paper, our houses should only sit on dry surfaces. Some of our collectors set them out on pretty crockery, rustic wooden boards, or other decorative surfaces to protect them from moisture. Weight each house with a handful of pennies or uncooked rice -- this will hold it in place if a small breeze blows through your festivities. Bring inside at the end of the party! They will not last outdoors overnight.

Are they designed to last? Can paper houses be durable?

More than the thickness of traditional card stock, my 140 pound French watercolor paper is not only beautiful, it is strong. With this mighty paper for a foundation, my buildings are designed to last for years. And unlike ceramic or wooden Christmas villages, these resilient paper houses are more likely to survive an accidental fall from a mantel, or from curious little hands.

Storages tips

Paper naturally absorbs humidity from the air over time, so it's important to stow your houses in a dry location with a constant temperature. An interior space, such as a closet or a small box under the bed, would be ideal. Then, when you pull your houses out next winter, they will be fresh and ready to go. Or, to glow!