~Paper Lantern House~
Here's a fun and really simple idea. Take a photograph of your house and print it horizontally on a standard 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of 20# weight paper. Cut a straight edge along the bottom of the image and at the top cut along the house's roof line. loosely wrap the house around a soup can slightly overlapping at the back. Using a couple of pieces of satin transparent tape secure. Now in order to make this a safe lantern you need to use a battery operated tea light. You can find these little 1 1/2" lights pretty easily in craft stores (especially around the holidays). NEVER USE A CANDLE! Paper + flame = fire. Simply place the paper house cylinder over the tea light and your house is glowing with warmth.
This picture was taken in the dark, but in a dimly lit space with a fresh battery in the light the house gives of a nice soft glow. I sell these "hutch studio" lights at the shop but it's just one of those free ideas that people leave the studio with. To make a "move" easier on a child a warm light of the house that they grew up in could be a great comfort. If you use this idea in some way I would love to hear about it and post a picture if possible. Send photos and messages to me at the studio -firstname.lastname@example.org
Have fun with the idea!