Wednesday, December 22, 2010

How To Make a Putz House

More information on Putz Houses available here.

I started out with three plain cardboard ornaments from Michael's. Note the ugly jute hangers!

I painted the walls and roof with acrylic craft paints. Then the glittering started! 

I prefer Martha Stewart fine glitter. It goes a long way and covers nicely. The crystal glitter allows the colors underneath to show through.  I discovered this as a problem on the church roof, because the glitter looks less like snow than ice. Anyway, I decided that for the other ones I would add white paint before the glitter to give the snow more dimension.

 I started to run low on the crystal glitter and I went looking at Walmart for a suitable replacement. Not much luck there!  I did find some puffy fabric paint that looks white in the bottle with irridescent glitter.  I used it here to add snowdrifts next to the path, around the base of the church and icy drips to the eaves.  As it dries, it gets less white and more clear with glitter, but still holds its shape well. I was a little worried that this type of glue/paint would not work for this project.
Here you can see that the windows are now covered from the inside. I used an exacto knife and popped the bottom off of the houses to gain access to the inside. I cut scraps of patterned scrapbook paper to fit and taped them in with scotch tape.  I did not cover the church windows because I placed a Christmas tree inside and wanted it to be visible.

 After adding all the paint and snow that I wanted on the house, I used a small brush to cover the walls, roof, windows, etc. with Elmer's glue, just a thin layer. Then I covered it all in a final layer of Martha Stewart Fine Crystal glitter.  I cut off that horrible jute hanger.

 The church has a larger base than the others because I substituted the original base with a new one made of layers of cardstock.  I painted a pathway with gray paint and outlined stones for the walkway using a silver Sharpie marker.  I left plenty of room for bottlebrush trees and a figure, when I find some in the future.
These are fun to make and look so nice when they are finally done. I will be making more of these in the future!


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Thrift Store Treasures

This is an August Moon collectible I found for a very reasonable price.  I think that she needs some sprucing up with crystal glitter. She is just not shiny enough yet!

 I love this paper mache Santa Box. It probably had some ornaments or something packed in it at one time. And when the holidays are over, I will probably pack some ornaments away in it again.

So, I am aware that this is a Coca-Cola puzzle, but I got it because Santa is shushing the Schnauzer!  My Schnauzer would certainly bark at the red-suited stranger on Christmas Eve night.  I briefly thought about putting this together and gluing over it to make a framed picture, but I think I will just display it as is. 

 I found several of these hinged ornament teddy bears in a bag full of other ornaments. Some were junk, others were cute enough to keep and use.
This glass egg was in perfect condition and abandoned at the Goodwill.  I had to bring it home and give it a place on the tree. 

 What an adorable ram!  His horns are seashells.
Here is a tiny bird feeder with a tiny bird perched on the side-- too cute. 

These were all found at a couple of local thrift stores. I love it when they put out the Christmas stuff they have received as donations all year.  It is a great time to find some kitschy and some wonderful decorations.


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Snow is Falling

These are the snow pictures from Monday's storm. Most of that melted, but it is snowing again today.  We already have more than we got on Monday.  It is very pretty, but is interfering with my Christmas break from school.  We will probably have to make up two days next week, when we were supposed to be off already.

Gotta finish my Christmas shopping!


Friday, December 10, 2010

Getting My Decor On!

It's starting to look festive at my home!