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Christmas Glitter Houses

Christmas Glitter Houses: make your own DIY glitter houses or putz houses from old cereal boxes, paper, paint, glitter and glue. Christmas Glitter Houses: make your own DIY putz houses from old cereal boxes, paper, paint, glitter and glue to create a your own Christmas villiage.

Today I want to share with you my village of DIY Christmas glitter houses, or Putz houses, as they’re sometimes known. I made them last year, and couldn’t wait to get them out of the box this year 😉

DIY putz house

They’re all made out of old cereal boxes. I found a great site with step by step instructions and free patterns! If you’d like to make your own village, check out Big Indoor Trains for the patterns and lots of inspiration.

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The houses were originally set up around nativities, train sets, or Christmas trees and sold between 1910-1960 as inexpensive Christmas decor.  The original houses are still available at antique stores, or on ebay, but you can also create your own version.

how to make your own glitter house

I have to say, this was a very time consuming project. I made several smaller sets for my family and friends last Christmas. They are simple and inexpensive to make, but involve many, many steps, and lots of time waiting for glue, paint or glitter to dry between steps. I just love how they turned out though, and hope to add one more house each year.

glitter house

Materials:

  • old cereal boxes
  • exacto knife 
  • cutting mat
  • scissors
  • white paper
  • white glue
  • paint
  • glitter
  • faux snow
  • cellophane

 

How To Make A Glitter House

First you will need the glitter house pattern.  All of the houses I made are based on Howard’s “Cottage” plans, which you can get here.

The only variations are with the colours, fences, and door designs. He also includes a pattern to turn the cottage into a church.

glitter house church

I found these little people at Dollarama this year, they’re the first I’ve found that seem the right scale for the houses.

how to make your own Christmas villiage

DIY putz house

Cutting

Use the pattern to cut out the houses from old cereal boxes, these are the perfect weight of cardboard. I found this great, inexpensive set of exacto-knives at Dollarama, which really helped with the cutting stage.  Use a cutting mat underneath your work.

exacto knife set

Gluing

After they’re all cut out follow the pattern to glue them together.

A tip I can pass on is to use clothes pins to hold the seams of the houses together at various stages, while the glue dries.

Painting

After they are all dry, and the bases have been made and covered in white paper, it’s time to paint them. I used various craft paints, again just from the dollar store. I wanted mine to all be quite light, so I lightened the colours by mixing the paint with some plain white.  Traditionally the antique putz houses were made in brighter colours usually, but I really liked the idea of using pastels.  You can customize them to your taste.

craft paints

The houses take several coats, and when it’s all done, it’s time to add glitter!

Glitter

I used Martha Stewart’s “crystal coarse glitter” in brillo. It is quite transparent, and doesn’t really alter the colour of the paint. I would like to try using some different glitters. Perhaps silver on the roof, or a more coarse glitter on the roof, and maybe a coloured glitter on the house itself. Maybe next time…

what glitter to use for a DIY glitter house

Windows

After the houses were glittered I added cellophane to all the windows. For the church, I used red cellophane, reminiscent of stained glass.

Snow

Next, I added the snow. Howard uses white paint, but I went with a textured snow called Snow-Tex. I was pleased to see that the houses hadn’t yellowed at all in one year, and I really liked the raised effect the Snow-Tex adds. Try to add it to the places you think snow would actually accumulate on houses. You spread it on with a small knife.

snow-tex faux snow

Finishing Touches

After all that, it was time to add a few little finishing touches. I made wreaths for several of the doors with pipe cleaners and fine satin ribbon.

glitter house Christmas wreath

Howard has several suggestions for different fences. I found them quite hard to cut out, so I came up with this variation, using a hole punch.

glitter house fence

I also used the cute little picket fence, which I found at the dollar store. My tip to you is, if you’re considering this project for next year, get to the dollar store as soon as the Christmas stuff comes out to get the best selection of trees, fences, and people.

After I finished making 21 of these little beauties last year, I made one more, and I have to say it might be my favorite. It’s the “Little Charmer” and the pattern can be found here.  It lives up to it’s name!

how to make your own Christmas village

I’ve added various bottle brush trees, and a few bushes that light up at night.

DIY Putz house village

putz house village

Here it is at night, with the lights on and the candles lit.

DIY glitter house Christmas village

Merry Christmas from my village to yours!

You might also like Cricut Glitter Houses here.

Also check out our Glitter House Christmas Tree here.

You might also enjoy How To Make A Fairy Garden House here.

37 Comments

  1. You made these?!! I am stunned. This is incredible. WOW. They are so beautiful. You could make money with this. Just gorgeous.

  2. i’m impressed with what you’ve done with the free patterns, plans and instructions you found on my site…and on http://www.bigindoortrains.com

    you did everything right…especially your own personal touches…now you have got to make some Easter and Halloween theme pieces…same patterns…just different colors…

    couldn’t help but notice…those led votive lights in baby bottle nipples?…

    my very best regards…Howard

  3. So impressive! I’ve always loved these and am especially into the idea of making my own. I found the great info on Big Indoor Trains but just have never gotten my you-know-what together. You’ve inspired me! Beautiful job!

  4. First of all thank you for stopping by my blog and for your kind words. Your houses are so lovely! I have plans to make more for sure. I have a feeling I will be stopping by your blog often! Happy Holidays!

  5. O My!! I can’t beleive you made these! They are just wonderful! I LOVE them!!

    Thanks so much for sharing the site on how to make them!

    Merry Christmas!!

    Debbie

  6. These are fabulous!!! I was going to make my own set. But I ended up finding some on clearance last year. But I still think it would be fun to make some. You did a fantastic job.

  7. I saw this on Tatertots and Jello and was blown away! This project is absolutely stunning and I had to pop over and tell you so. What a beautiful project and I love every thing about it. It’s hard to believe something so beautiful started from humble beginnings.

    Thank you SO much for sharing. I’ve bookmarked this page and the links you provided. I would love to try this for myself (not sure if I can make it work, but the resources are saved).

    Merry Christmas!

  8. Oh my goodness!!! I am in love! Awesome job! These are so sparkly and magical looking. I think I will give these a try next year, thanks so much for sharing!

  9. My husband,gary, has a set of very old putz houses and they are a treasure to him. Thank for sharing your wonderful village. I will certainly try my hand at them.Joanne December 19,2010

  10. I am absolutely in LOVE with these little houses. I wanted some vintage ones but they are hard to find. Making them out of cereal boxes is the perfect solution. I’ll get started on my village for next year! Thanks so much for sharing. Happy Holidays!
    Sarah

  11. Do you ever just want to pat yourself on the back? You did amazingly wonderful! No wonder you were so excited to dig them out of the box and set them up. As a child we had these on our tree and they were always my favorite. So glad I found these thanks for sharing and providing us with Howard’s link with info. Did not know they were called Putz houses.
    We used to live in Ottawa but in order to be closer to family we decided to move and now live in Saint John, NB.
    Again, excellent work!
    Love, Peace & Joy!
    ~Becki

  12. These are absolutely gorgeous! I can’t believe you made them all – so professional looking. I am going to try my hand on making one next year. Thank you so much for sharing your expertise and links.

  13. They’re even better when they’re sitting on your mantel at home 🙂 Dannyelle, these are so beautiful; I love having them out as we get ready to celebrate Christmas. You are amazing!

  14. I absolutely love these. I have a few houses (not Putz) that I have bought, but I am determined to make many of these for next season. I am saving your tutorial. I hope mine look as good as yours. Thanks for sharing.

  15. I’ve been looking at these for the last couple of weeks and you have some of the nicest ones I’ve seen. Great job!

  16. Dannyelle, your houses are beautiful! You did a great job with the details and paint colors. Have you made more since these? ~~Rhonda

  17. Must say that I am totally enchanted! Yours are more beautiful than any antiques that I have seen and now I want to get started. Thanks

  18. WOW! This is anazing. Thank you for sharing it. A lot of hard work and thought must have been put into this.

  19. These are absolutely adorable and definitely make you think of Christmas! Glad you shared. Merry Christmas!

  20. I’ve spent a fortune at the Home Goods Store buying houses that look very much like yours. The houses I bought were just cardboard with paint and glitter and snow. I think I’ll try to make some too and save mega bucks. Thanks for posting this for us.

  21. Beautiful! Several yrs. ago my husband made miniature versions of the old Hereford depot, barns, stalls, and other landmarks in our town fr. matchboxes and cereal boxes. They were so well-made and realistic-looking that I share them with the 3rd gr. classes when they make their own villages for Social Studies. Your little houses reminded me of his “town”and farm. Keep up the good work. You are so talented!

  22. Hi Dannyelle, I’m thinking of making some of these for my daughters for Christmas. When I clicked on the link for the “Little Charmer” I got an error message saying the page was no longer available….any suggestions?

  23. Hi Kathy,
    Link is fixed, thanks for letting me know it wasn’t working. Best of luck on your building project, I’d love to see pictures when your done, you could post to my Facebook page. It’s the perfect time to start a Christmas project like this one.
    Dannyelle

  24. Hi Gail, Thanks so much. You can subscribe for email notifications of new blog posts on the right hand side, in the box just put your email.
    Thanks again,
    Dannyelle

  25. Loved looking at your ‘little house’ village. I have cut out a couple with my Silhouette, and am thinking about putting a whole village together this year! I know it’s July, but probably a great time to get started. Thanks for the inspiration!

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