Here we are heavy into the holiday season. I’m excited for Christmas and celebrating the birth of Jesus. I really, really enjoy this time of year. In keeping with the season, I’ve seen so many glitter houses or “Putz” houses in some of my favorite antique and specialty stores. I was really curious what the history was on these houses. And I found a great website that shared the history, as well as, how to make one.
(See THIS LINK if you are curious about the history of Putz/Glitter houses.)
SO I DID!
The directions to make an AUTHENTIC GLITTER HOUSE is also available on the link I provided. (This is a long post.)
The houses are made completely of cardboard. So, I grabbed my tools from graphic design school (20 years ago!); cutting pad, exacto knife, steel ruler and my T-square. I also picked up some craft supplies like Elmer’s white glue, Elmer’s glue stick, acrylic paint and lots and lots of Martha Stewart glitter!
You also need cardboard. Thick and thin cardboard. I used cardboard from boxes for my thick cardboard and for thin from cereal boxes.
I am not going to go into a lot of detail, I will just be hitting the highlights.
The first step is making the base which needs to be pretty sturdy. (Recommended 1 inch thick.)
One of the strategies of making a glitter house is to make two at the same time because it’s a lot of hurry up and wait for things to dry before you move onto the next step.
After the base is made, it’s on to adding the fence to your base.
Okay, from here, you’ll need to use the thin cardboard and cut out the house template, all the little windows, the window frames, the chimney and the roof. I apologize, I do not have pictures of that process. It’s probably the most time consuming part of the build, which is why I probably forgot about picture taking.
Once the house is built. You need to primer it. I gave it two coats. After that I was excited and ready to finish this thing. (Timeline: it’s been a week since I started this project!)
From here, I will show you the details of the red house which is the one I finished today. All the pieces and parts are in place. It’s glittered and decorated for Christmas. (I hope you check back. I will post about the pink house once it’s complete.)
Some of the details I added were using “Snow” glitter glue to fill the top of the fence and the sides. Really anywhere where you could still see cardboard. I added the faux snow on top of the fence as well to add some texture and… well, snow!
I’m so glad I am making two, so I can give one as a GIFT!
I LOVE the way this turned out. Really, much, much prettier than I thought it would. I am a naturally a very detailed person, so this process was very fun!
After the holidays, I’m going to make another one… the cottage!
Well, I really hope you enjoyed my long post. Sorry, if it board some of you. If you just scrolled through to see the pictures, no worries, I do that too!
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God Bless and Merry Christmas!
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