Glitter houses (sometimes referred to 'putz' houses) are an old decorating favourite around Christmas time. Nowadays, the store bought ones are made of various products, but in early to mid- 20th century, glitter houses were made of cardboard and mostly imported from Japan. The trend nowadays is to replicate these little houses, experimenting with modern materials to create the look and feel of the originals.
Our blogger group got together a few weeks ago, holiday treats in hand, to see what reusable materials we could use to make these vintage holiday favourites, and we had a whale of a time.
It was three hours of fun! We ate lots of delicious sugary homemade treats, and cut, pasted and sprinkled our way to glitter house glory.
We got our template for the glitter houses from LittleGlitterHouses.com (we used Cottage Plan 1). It specifies quite a few supplies to make glitter houses, but we were a bit informal and used what we had access to. This strategy seemed to work just fine! However, if you would like more specific instructions, check out this blog post on the Christmas Notebook blog.
What we used:
- used Christmas gift cards
- copious amounts of glitter
- various kinds of glue (glue guns, glue sticks and white glue)
- various crafty embellishments (e.g. puff balls, pipe cleaners, lace, fabric)
- thick cardboard (for the house foundation)
|Emma impressed us with her skills opening the glue bottle|
|then we ate some delicious treats|
|Then we got down to business!|
|The creativity was flowing|
|Viola! Michelle shows off her creation|
|Emma made some smokey smoke stacks|
|A close up of the glittery houses|
|Sarah's wintery scene|
|A penguin watches over Lana's little village|
We've displayed our glitter houses at the Reuse Centre so stop by to have a look!
- Hayley (Staff)