Lately I’ve become obsessed with miniature cardboard glitter houses, inspired by vintage Christmas Putz houses. After having lots of fun making a Halloween glitter house, I decided to make an autumn-themed house to have on display for Thanksgiving.
They’re so easy to make!
What you’ll need:
- Plain paper mache or cardboard house (I got mine from Hobby Lobby)
- Elmer’s glue
- Glitter (I used microfine, but you can also use thicker, chunkier glitter for a vintage look)
- Embellishments of choice – trims, tinsel, scrapbooking paper, miniature trees, etc.
- Fixative for the glitter (I use Grumbacher Final Fixative in matte, from Michael’s)
- A bit of Fiberfill for the chimney smoke
Pour some Elmer’s glue in a small container and add a little bit of water to thin it. The glue should be thin enough to spread evenly, but not so much that it drips when applied.
Brush the glue on the house, making sure to cover it evenly and get all the little window corners, etc. I did one side of the house at a time.
Try not to leave any streaks like I did here, or the glitter will look darker in those spots.
Spread a newspaper on your work surface to catch the extra glitter, then sprinkle the glitter over the glue.
Gently tap the house to shake off the excess glitter onto the newspaper. Once you’re done, you can use the newspaper to gather up the excess glitter and pour it carefully back into the container.
Give the glue time to dry before spraying it with the Final Fixative. Using a fixative will prevent the glitter from brushing off every time you touch or move the house. A very light coat is all you need – too much will dull the shine of the glitter.
The rest of the embellishments can be added with a hot glue gun. Most of what I used are scrapbooking embellishments, but you can use anything you have on hand.
I added some bead-and-tinsel trim to the edges of the roof and glued on a few fallen leaves from a miniature garland.
The chimney smoke is Fiberfill used for stuffing pillows and toys. Cut a small hole in the chimney and poke the Fiberfill in place, then stretch it thin to give it a wispy look.
A single leaf from a miniature garland is glued to a dollar-store tree.
The bottle brush wreath was a Christmas wreath, but I swapped out the red bow for an orange one and added some miniature leaves.
Miniature frosty polymer clay pumpkins and a fallen leaf top off the chilly autumn look.
The roof lifts off the house, so you can also decorate the inside! Scrapbooking paper cut to size works great for the floor and wall coverings.
This piece of scrapbook paper and some stickers were the perfect fit for this house.
Peeking in at the wall through the windows….
Now that the house is furnished, my vintage Sylvanian Families squirrels can move in! They’re ready for Thanksgiving with some miniature pumpkin pie.
I’ve pinned more ideas on Pinterest and can’t wait to get started on a Christmas house!