Liz and I spent much of New Years day making birchbark houses for our dining table. Last year we made them as a family on Christmas Eve which was a great way to help the time pass until evening.
This year we didn't get to it. Liz and I decided that this year they aren't Christmas decorations but instead "winter" decorations. We'll re-decorate the table after 12th night with these and some winter birds.
Earlier in the month I gathered birchbark just before snow was due to arrive. I wish I had gathered other bits of moss, lichen, and forest detritus, but I was in a rush. I also saved a number of small butter and tea boxes. First we turned the boxes into house shapes and hot-glued them together. Then we hot-glued on the birchbark and decorations.
And here they are on the table.
The glittery roofs really make them sparkle at night.
I got the idea for these from Kristen Nichols. Here's her tutorial