I have always admired vintage putz houses so it was only a matter of time before I would realize that people actually sell these cardboard house kits that you can decorate yourself. 😬 I decided to give it a go after gathering some inspiration on Instagram. If you have no interest in crafting your own- you can purchase some beautiful putz houses from stores… Cody Foster makes some big beautiful ones (with a big price tag! $35- $100 each!). This Christmas you can find moderately priced ‘putz houses’ at Kohl’s (Lauren Conrad), And Pier 1. They’re all beautiful and I think gradually adding to your collection over the years would make it really fun and unique even if you never make your own!
So after looking at all the inspiration I started gathering my own supplies. First stop for me was amazon. This is where I found my little set of cardboard houses and also varying colors of mini bottle brush trees. I also purchased my snow and glitter from amazon.
Here is a picture of all the different glues and the ‘snow’ I used. I also used a hot glue gun!
I bought mini Christmas village embellishments at Michaels and Hobby Lobby. Some of what I got came out of the scrapbook section- including some sheets of velum paper for the windows. Velum is slightly transparent so if you decided to light up your putz houses – you can see the light through the little windows. ☺️ Some of what I purchased ended up being the wrong scale for these little houses but I had so much fun making these that I’m going to make some larger houses so I can use the bigger pieces I have.
So here is the process….
Paint your houses white first if you want your colors you choose to really pop. Think of this as your primer. I used the little cheap acrylic paints that are at all craft stores for all of the painting on these.
Then you get to pick your colors. 🤩
I painted mine like the next picture at first then after they dried I toned down a few of the colors by painting a new more muted color on top… I wanted mine to have a vintage and more mature look.
Okay here’s where the magic starts to happen- the SNOW. ❄️ I put the glitter snow stuff wherever I imagined snow would accumulate on the roofs of the houses – then on top of that once it hardened- I added a layer of modpodge and then the loose diamond dust glitter.
This particular house set came with the window trim and a small piece of velum paper that looked like stain glass. Not enough velum for all the windows so that’s why not all of the window colors match- because I had to buy my own… but I’m actually glad I did. It gave my houses a little more variety. The windows are slightly tedious but you just Elmer’s glue them on the velum. Then after that dries trim excess velum from around the frame with scissors.
I hot glued the windows on and burned the crap out of my fingers. 🥵 Then I hot glued the houses on the cardboard base that I had also painted white, modge podged, and poured diamond dust on. At this point I was already in love but I went ahead and added some other embellishments with hot glue. The finished product was way better than I thought I could do. I would have paid so much for these in a store and not been able to say I made them. Plus picking the colors and embellishments is so fun to do yourself!