Thanksgiving Putz Glitter House

Thanksgiving Putz Cardboard Glitter House

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
  • Water
  • Paintbrush
  • 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

Plain cardboard paper mache house

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.

Paint cardboard house with Elmer's glue

Paper mache cardboard house painted with Elmer's glue

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.

Sprinkle glitter on cardboard house while glue is wet

Sprinkle glitter on cardboard house while glue is wet

Sprinkle glitter on cardboard house while glue is wet

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.

Cardboard glitter Putz house with smoking chimney

I added some bead-and-tinsel trim to the edges of the roof and glued on a few fallen leaves from a miniature garland.

Leaves and bead trim on cardboard glitter house

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.

Fiber fill smoke for chimney on glitter house

A single leaf from a miniature garland is glued to a dollar-store tree.

Single leaf on a miniature 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.

Bottle brush wreath with autumn leaves

Miniature frosty polymer clay pumpkins and a fallen leaf top off the chilly autumn look.

White miniature polymer clay pumpkins

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.

Bird's eye view of miniature cardboard house

This piece of scrapbook paper and some stickers were the perfect fit for this house.

Inside of miniature cardboard house

Peeking in at the wall through the windows….

Decorated wall inside miniature house

Now that the house is furnished, my vintage Sylvanian Families squirrels can move in! They’re ready for Thanksgiving with some miniature pumpkin pie.

Sylvanian Families squirrels with pumpkin pie

Sylvanian Families squirrel with pumpkin pie

Peeking through the window of the miniature house

Sylvanian Families squirrels with pumpkin pie

I’ve pinned more ideas on Pinterest and can’t wait to get started on a Christmas house!


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