My two little girls have been asking me to make them each glitter houses, since I made the village last Christmas, see how here. This year I decided to surprise them with their own. I worked hard to get them done by Christmas, and was anxiously awaiting a spare moment to share them with you all in blog land. Unfortunately I got really sick Christmas day, and spent four days in bed with a sinus infection. I am finally feeling better, and want to share them before Christmas decorations and celebrations are officially over and we all go back to school, work, and normal life without all the glitter.
I made them using my new Cricut Expression. I just got it in November for my birthday, and this was one of my first major projects. I used the “Winter Woodland” Cartridge, and this little house is building number 5.
They are easier to make than the ones that I hand cut, but I did have to use a thinner cardboard, so they’re not quite as stable as the others. I haven’t had too much time to play around with all the options, but I am really pleased with how this first project came out. Even with the time saver cutting them out, the houses are still really time consuming with all the steps involved.
After they’re cut out, you need to glue them all together. I made two houses for my girls, which I decided to mount on some cute paper boxes I had, since I didn’t want to start an entire village for them. I also made three of these new ones to add to my village and the villages I’ve started for my Mom and sister last Christmas. These ones I attached to the same kind of base I made last year, you can find the pattern here.
After everything is all glued together, you need to paint the base and house with a couple coats of white craft paint. Then choose your colours.
The houses I was making to go into the villages, I decided to use the same glitter that I used last year so they would match, but for the girls I experimented a little with different sizes, colours, and shapes of glitter.
This house has a rectangular shaped “tinsel” glitter in pink. The other house has silver on the roof, and I also included some small snowflake and star embellishments.
These two little houses were so much fun to make, I was like a kid in a candy store with all the little embellishments! I found some cute little snowmen at Michaels and changed out their red scarves for some pink ribbon.
I also made a little pathway to the front door with white buttons.
The trees were originally green, dollar store finds. I had heard around blog land that you could bleach them so I thought I’d give it a try. I love how they turned out. I just hot glued on a few beads and balls.
A final fun detail, is the little wreath on the front door, and a sweet little present left by Saint Nick 😉
The girls loved them, and although they were fairly quickly put aside for new dollies, Zhu Zhu pets, and fort building kits, I’m sure that each year when I set up my village they will be delighted to unpack these from storage and give them a place of pride in their bedrooms.
The house I made for the village turned out really nice too.
I love its creamy yellow and white, with its light pink door. It joined the rest and looks quite “at home”. The glitter is all packed up for another year, when I’ll try to add another new one. I can’t help but smile and think as I look down on this beautiful little village, how God in heaven looks down on our little houses with delight, and such love that he’d send his own son to us. I hope you had the Merriest of Christmases and on this New Year’s Eve consider him looking down with love.
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