Extreme Cards and Papercrafting: Opera House Christmas Ornament

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Nov 8, 2010

Opera House Christmas Ornament

newport opera house

Some time ago, like well over a year ago some time ago, my mother suggested making a fold-flat model of the Newport Opera House to sell as a Christmas ornament at a local holiday fundraiser. It didn't seem like it would be so hard. Except, I didn't have any close up pictures of the building, and I don't live close by.

{insert humming here}

Flash forward to this year, and I still hadn't made the thing although I fully intended to. Fine. Looked up some pictures. Made my mother go count how many windows there were on the sides. Started hacking away at it. Several more months went by. Sent my husband to take some pictures of the back of the building when we were visiting this summer.

I figure if I were trying to make money on this beast my hourly wage would be about 1 cent per hour for every ornament sold. It would be funny if it weren't so pathetic. Good thing I'm donating them!

{insert grumbling here}

After I made the first 20, I went back and looked at the pictures again and saw I had made the roof line too high. So that's fixed, but I guess it's a big oh well for whoever buys from the first batch. Hey, it's an ornament, not a scale model.

Which is why, when I look at things like this, I think, "Cripes, this guy is inSANE."

Here's what it looks like flat. The blue and red lines are non-printing, they are cut and score lines.

newport opera house layout

Completed, it's quite tiny, only 3.5" deep x 2" tall, and 2" tall (measured at the top of the roof--not including the clock tower.)

This is the bottom, which holds itself together without adhesive. I adapted it from a doughnut takeout box.

newport opera house

This one is not available for download, sorry.

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Margit Ammentorp said...

That is really something! It must have been very complicated to make, but very easy to put together.
very very nice.

toepay79 said...

hi...nice post...i can make this for my nephew...keep post...great Jobs...

nice to read this post..

Thank u...

Alicia said...

Wow, What a work of art you have created!!! Your talent just totally blows me away! *Hugs*

Petrina Case Studio said...

This would look great on my Christmas Tree this year - with a ton of snowy glitter on the roof of course.

I downloaded the .jpg and it looks fuzzy. Would you e-mail me a better quality and/or the gsd? to:

Let me know if you prefer me to buy it from you for your time. Would need your paypal remit to address, please.

Happy thoughts,

Wax Beach Artist said...

Wow! Your building looks great! I don't know how you do it..you are so very talented. I bet your Mom is so proud.

Anonymous said...

Your little building is great. Nevermind those guys who do the models of intricate stuff.

I think it's a superb job and, I'm sure, those who buy your little oranment will be well pleased with it.

Sue from Oregon said...

Amazing project...it's a good thing you love your mama!!!

Crayola58 said...

I did one of those 3D houses from one of the Cricut carts. Well, let me rephrase this. I did FOUR of the 3D houses, 3 were tossed, and one single story survived..and through it all I actually invented some naughty words never heard before. This is so fantastic, it leaves me gasping. Did you actually count the hours you put into this ... Absolutely awesome work.

cpeep said...

I didn't keep track, and it's probably a good thing.

Like so many projects, it was way more complicated than I thought it would be, but once you start, you can't just STOP.

npnh said...

Carol's mom says, "If she thinks that was complicated, wait till she gets the prototype pattern I made for the library building. It has two sides that have bowed walls with curved glass windows." :)

cpeep said...

Lesson #1 about blogging: never give your mom your blog address.


MariLynn said...

Carol, this is amazing. What a lot of love and work went into this!!

Monica Cashin said...

I bought one at the arts center last Saturday. It will go on my tree when it goes up on the 16th! Also bought one of your mom's cross stich santas. M