Wednesday, July 18, 2012

How I Make Glitter Houses

Hello, Dear Ones!
I'm just thrilled that you like my little Glitter houses and I appreciate your comments more than you will ever know.
I promised you I would share how I made my little Glitter Houses so here goes:
Well, I must say this is not the end of my journey. 
I had so much fun that I'm going to make some more and some more and some more! ;)

This is a wonderful site: Big Indoor Trains and you'll want to visit so you can learn all you'll ever want to know about about Glitter houses and patterns for making them.
This is where I found many of the patterns I used and his instructions are very easy to understand and there's lots of pictures. I love that!
Other patterns can be found on my Glitter House board on Pinterest.

I must warn you, I made a mess!
But like I always say ~ you have to make a mess to make pretty! :)

The instructions from Big Indoor Trains said to use cereal boxes, empty of course, for your little houses
and I have been saving cereal boxes for months!
Most of the patterns are in PDF form so I downloaded and saved them to a file on my computer so I could go back and print more patterns later on.

Okie dokie now!
 I printed out my pattern on cardstock, cut it out and then with a pencil traced around it to the blank side of the opened up cereal box that was cut open to lay flat.
I then used my low temp glue gun to assemble my house.
Again, I cheated, as Big Indoor Trains used Elmer's Glue.
Good ole Elmer's takes some time to dry and I'm impatient so I went with my glue gun.
Then I took my little craft paint and painted the house and the roof.
Had to wait again for it to dry.

Then I had a brilliant idea! 
I have tons of colored cardstock (I've been a scrap booker for years and have lots of papers) so why not use this and I wouldn't have to paint my houses.
I told you I was a cheat! :) But a clever cheat.
So for the rest of my houses I used cardstock. 
Cardstock is a little lighter weight than the cereal boxes but I think it'll be okay.
Here is the traced and cut out house pattern on the cardstock. 
Now for the little windows and some of the doors I used an xacto knife. Be very careful as this is one sharp puppy ~ you don't want to cut off your most dainty fingers.
Oh, I always use a self healing mat to cut on to protect my table top.

 Now it's time to score your folding lines. I use a bone folder and a ruler.
You can lightly draw on your lines if you'd like.

Fold the sides of your house and you're ready to glue.
I used my low temp glue gun as to not permanently damage my most dainty talented fingers! :)
Hold a few seconds and your glue is set! Easy peasy!

I like to use a different color for the roof so I've chosen white.
Score and fold down the center of the roof and your ready to glue it onto the house.

Do the same with the little chimney. Score, fold, glue together and then run a very thin little line of hot glue around the base of the chimney and place on house.
Don't worry if a little hot glue is showing and poking out ~ after your house is glittered you won't see it.
Now since I'm using hot glue I have to move fast because it dries so quickly.
At first I was a little skeert! But not now...I just go for it.
If something glues on a little bit crooked ~ it's okay! :)

 Most all of the patterns from Big Indoor Trains have doors and window trims. Sometimes I've used them like I have here but sometimes I've added my own windows and doors. I found some clipart of windows and doors on the web and used them.
Here I grabbed my glue stick to attach the doors and windows.

Oh, I forgot to tell you about the base for the little house to sit on. 
Again, Big Indoor Trains tells how to make a much more sturdy base but I did my own thing again. 
Like I've said...I cheat! 
So I used some foam board. I decided how big I wanted my base to be, marked the size with my pencil and cut it out with my xacto knife. Easy again.
Next comes some fun! Glittering the houses.
I cut open a large plastic garbage bag to put across my table so I wouldn't make too much of a glitter mess.
  I grabbed a paper plate (that's a very hard working paper plate) and squeezed out quite a bit of Elmer's glue in it and with a little foam brush painted on some glue to the roof, chimney and front of the house.
I glued and glittered in sections: the chimney, then one side of the roof, the other side, and lastly, I glued and glittered the front of the house.
Again I cheated. You're really supposed to glitter all sides of the house but I just glittered the front and not the sides and back.
I know, my bad, and I'm hoping the Glitter Police won't come after me!

Then I sprinkled Martha Stewart's Glitter over the wet glue and let it sit about 10 seconds.
Next I shook off the excess glitter onto an open manila folder.
The folder makes it easy to pour the glitter back into the little jar to be used again.
Wasn't that fun?
I looked so pretty too! I was sparkling with glitter from head to toe! :)

Now I really cheated here. The instructions said you could make a little bottom around the edges under your house using some kind of light weight wood so you could glue it down to the base.
Well, I don't have any light weight wood so I just cut out a strip of cardstock a little longer than the base of my house, bent the ends and then glued them to the insides of the house.
Now I had a bottom to glue to the base.

This little house I'm showing you doesn't have a fence but I did want to show you how I added fences to some of my houses. I would do this before glittering the bases.
Big Indoor Trains has a pattern for the fences but like I said..I cheat.
So I took out some of my little decorative cutting scissors that looked like the tops of fences and went to town. I cut out two strips from the cardstock and glued them together to make the fence a little sturdier.

I made some little fence posts by cutting out some little bitty pieces from the foam board and hot glued them down to the base where I wanted them. Then I bent my cardstock in the appropriate spots and then hot glued the fence to the post! Easy peasy cheesy!
I'm so talented you know! :)

After this step I applied the glitter where I wanted it on the platforms and allowed it to dry.
Then I glued down the house to the platform.

Now it was time to add little embellishments.
I've been wanting to make these little houses since last Christmas so I've been gathering supplies ever since. I went to Hobby Lobby the other day and they were putting out the Christmas decorations so I bought a few things that are for miniature trees. I snipped off the rings on top with my wire cutters.
Aren't you so impressed with me? I hope you know I'm teasing. Well, sort of! :)

You've just got to have little bottle brush trees to add to some of the bases. Now some folks bleach their trees so they're an off white color but I like the trees just the way they are.
I found the trees at Michaels by the doll house furniture and train accessories.

 Here's the little finished house. I used a white gel pen and added details to the window in my little door.
I glued down a couple of mini trees to sit on each side of the door and added a wreath to the chimney.

 This is the view Santie Claus sees when he's coming in for a landing. :)

 Hope you've enjoyed my cheating ways to make Glitter houses
and I hope you'll make some too.
They're really not hard to make at all and brought me such joy!
♪  Joy to the World! :) ♪ ♫
Now I've got to figure out how I'm going to store all my little houses. 
I must tell you that Mr. Precious has gotten so excited with me about the Glitter houses that he wants to buy a tiny little train to travel through my village! 
That boy! :)

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Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Ev'rywhere you go;
Take a look in the five and ten glistening once again
With candy canes and silver lanes aglow.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Toys in ev'ry store
But the prettiest sight to see is the holly that will be
On your own front door.

A pair of hopalong boots and a pistol that shoots

Is the wish of Barney and Ben;
Dolls that will talk and will go for a walk
Is the hope of Janice and Jen;
And Mom and Dad can hardly wait for school to start again.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Ev'rywhere you go;
There's a tree in the Grand Hotel, one in the park as well,
The sturdy kind that doesn't mind the snow.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas;
Soon the bells will start,
And the thing that will make them ring is the carol that you sing
Right within your heart
` sung by Johnny Mathis


  1. What a wonderful tutorial Sheila! Love your glitter houses and all your fun crafts! You are one of my Pinterest heroes!!!

  2. Your houses are absolutely adorable. The detail that you added to each one is incredible. Thanks for showing us how you created them.

  3. LOVE your houses!!!! WOW! Thank you so much for showing us how you create such beautiful masterpieces! I might could try my hand at this! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  4. Shelia,
    LOVE those sweet houses. I am dying now to try to make a few myself! I will have find some time!
    Thanks so much for sharing and thanks so much for participating in my Christmas in July Celebration!!


  5. Thanks so much for sharing how you made these. The patterns you used from the train site are the very ones I have saved and printed for some years now. (And, like you, I have saved a ton of cereal boxes for this project.) I like your card stock idea, too! Now I have simply got to find time to make some.

    I'm off to check out your Pinterest boards. Love that place...

  6. What an amazing tut!!! You covered all the bases and did such a good it!!! I have some of the patterns from the train site last year, but never did anything, but now am ready to go, thanks for this!!! Everything you do is so adorable....hugs...cleo

  7. There is something about a little village that makes me feel the joy and innocence of a little girl again.

  8. They are a lot of work but sooo cute! I love them because they give me a warm fuzzy feeling of Christmas long ago. Must be my age. :)

  9. These are just darling, Shelia! it reminds me of when we used to play with cut out paper dolls! You are going to have such a pretty Christmas display!


  10. Sheila, oh Miss Sheila, these are the cutest things. I have bought some already made since I am not the crafty kind, but look how cute yours are all dressed up. Yours are much cuter than the few I have bought.

  11. Cute, cute, cute! Thanks for sharing how you put these together. Very helpful! I like the idea of the train running through the Christmas village too!

  12. Phewwwwwww!!! Those are soooo cute! Your are so talented Shelia! I don't think I'd have the patience to fiddle with all that...I know, I'm strange. But you knew that already, didn't you?

    Jan ♥

  13. Shelia, I just love you, cheater or not! Your little house are sooooo precious, my daughter and I just read the whole post together and then studied each little house and ooohed and aaaahed over each one. Your little delicate fingers are so very talented. Thanks for sharing the beauty and the tutorial. Hugs ~ Mary

  14. Hi Shelia!

    Most adorable ever... and the tutorial was wonderful, cheats and all. I love that you shared this!

    It looks like I will be gaining more weight... all those carb-y cereals that I will have to eat in time for Christmas.

    Thanks for sharing at my party :)

    xoxo Bunny Jean
    Wednesdays Bunny Hop Party!

  15. Not only are you sweeter than ice tea but you are super talented! These are gorgeous:}

  16. Hi Shelia: Your little sparkly houses are so precious. I love them and have a very few vintage ones, but I don't know if I have the patience to make them like you do. So sweet..Happy Wednesday..Judy

  17. Hi Sheila,
    Thank you for stopping by my "Christmas Pudding" blog and leaving your nice comment. You are clever to make your own little Christmas cottages. I have one which I bought. I did however paint it and apply snow and glitter. I will have to try and get some more because I love them!


  18. They are so sweet. thanks for the wonderful how too! Laura

  19. I'm saving this page! I SO want to make some of these! I'm singing the song already...that's a start! Thank you so much for sharing! How sweet you are! Sweet hugs!

  20. You definately have more patience than I have....I might have made one house....that would have been it! But I love them, very sweet!

  21. Oh Shelia YES I am impressed with you . . . and I'm NOT kidding!!
    Your glitter houses are the most adorable ever!
    I have a little vintage collection but dont think I'd have the patience to make my own :-)
    But MAYBE!
    Thank you for sharing your sparkly creations today!

  22. They turned out great and that's a nice tutorial! Easy to see you've been having fun:@)

  23. Super tutorial, and I am enjoying your glitter house/village posts, Shelia! I love the holidays, and just thinking about Christmas helps me cool off!!! :D

  24. I pin these. My grand children will love making these for Christmas.Just wanted to give everyone a heads up. I am doing another game and giveaway.

  25. You, dear Shelia, are very talented and the best 'cheater' I know! The tutorial is fantastic and the little village you created are just as cute as can be! What a dear to share this with us! Thanks a bunch!

  26. Shelia, I am sooooo impressed! These glitter houses remind me of the ones I adored when I was a little girl. Now to think I could make them. I love, love, love them. Thanks for sharing your tutorial and your cheats!!

  27. I love your little houses Shelia! Since I love crafting about anything, I think these would challenge me a bit. Thanks for the tutorial.

  28. Hi Shelia *hugs*
    Those houses are adorable. Lovely job and I bet you looked just lovely yourself...glittering head to toe I would be. I might have to start saving some cereal boxes though I don't know if I can think Christmas yet or I won't know how to store them. BUT they are beautiful. What a FUN project!
    have a great week.

  29. Thanks for the tutorial.I like the houses and I like the train idea.

  30. So glad you joined the party Sheila! I love your little houses and I'm glad you linked up the tutorial too! Have a great day!

  31. Honey, these are the cutest little houses ever!! Oh, how I wish I had the patience you have to to all these creative things. They are ADORABLE FABULOUS treasures ... bet Carter is going to LOVE all these wonderful things you do for her wee eyes to enjoy.

    Have a lovely weekend ~
    TTFN ~

  32. Hi Shelia, I am in love with your glitter houses. It doesn't seem hard to do. I have card stock too and foam board. I don't have glue for my glue gun so that is on my list. What color glitter do you use? This will be so much fun. Your glitter houses are awesome. I will only make a few but I know it will be a fun project.
    Happy glittering.
    Love, Jeanne

  33. did you want to play bingo. Let me know and I will have a card ready for you mon.

  34. Shelia, I can't tell you how appreciative I am that you posted this tutorial. I fell in love with glitter houses a couple years ago, but I don't have any. :( I don't know why I haven't bought any because I think they're just precious. So now, thanks to you, I'll try to make some. Yours are just breathtaking! I can only hope mine will look half as good as yours. I hope you'll post pics when you have the little train running through your glitter house village! Thanks for sharing!

  35. You totaleeeee ROCK! I can't believe how detailed all this work is. Just gorgeous sweet friend. Truly. LOVE THEM ALL! Talented creative and CROCHET, too! I'm jealous.

    Love you~Rebecca

  36. Shelia, you are such a "PLUTZ"! LOL Your glitter houses are just as gorgeous as those! Thank you so much for the tutorial, you're so talented. Is there anything you can't do?! I love them!
    Please link them up,too.

  37. Your tutorial was excellent! These darling vintage styled homes really bring back the memories... I have my Grandmother's that used to be under her tree.

  38. These are so adorable, Shelia! I discovered these little lovelies last year & purchased a couple at Ross for super-cheap. I haven't tried my hand at making my own, but it certainly looks like fun -- messy fun, but that's okay!


  39. WOW! These look so gorgeous and adorable! Thank you so much for sharing how you made them!
    I'm so excited about giving these a go. Have a wonderful day, Tani:)

  40. Ohmygoodness, Shelia! I'm beyond impressed! Your glitter houses are amazing ... and, what a fabulous tutorial, too! I know you'll be seeing quite a few of them in blogland this holiday season because of you! :)

  41. Hi Shelia-
    Those are so cute! You are having too much fun with it! I just acquired some Putz houses from my Aunt. I think they go back to the 50's. I don't think your ideas are cheating at all! They are just practical applications! The little trees really bring the look together!

  42. Hi pretty Shelia!
    Your glitter houses are so pretty and cute, I love the C'mas ones, wow, you are so talented really! My grands would be in owe of a granny like you!! You're not a cheat, you're just have great imagination and also practical, we all need ideas like this one, my friend. I love this!

    Enjoy your weekend.

  43. I just repinned your picture from your pinterest page! These instructions are great Sheila. You really are so talented aren't you!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  44. Olá!
    Que trabalho lindo! Só pessoas sensíveis possuem habilidades como esta.


    Lauriane - Brasil

  45. Oh Shelia, these are absolutely wonderful - so charming - just perfect! You are so smart. I love all of the little embellishments you've added, and I love the pretty cardstock colors. laurie

  46. Wowsers! Such fabulous detail! Love these, Shelia! You did a fabulous job and have created a real treasure for your family! Thanks for sharing how you did it!...hugs...Debbie

  47. These are just adorable, Shelia! I was showing them to my 9 yr old granddaughter and she loves them too. I think it would be a great project for us to do together. Thank you so much for sharing! In the words of a great blogger that I a sweetie!

  48. Shelia,

    Now I can't wait to see where and how you will have all of these displayed at Christmas!!

    Thanks so much for participating in the Celebration of Christmas in July over at A Debbie-Dabble Christmas!
    It was such fun, wasn't it?
    I will be leaving the links on my Side Bar until October.
    Hopefully, next year I will be organized enough to do a Christmas in July Linky Party!
    Thanks again!

  49. Oh my Sheila where do you find the patience. I too was so sure I would make a few from scratch using the some techniques. But they were too small. Trashed the idea. But now seeing yours.
    HMMMM!!!! I cheated as well and purchased my houses at Hobby Lobby through a friend.
    See we here in Canada don't have a Hobby Lobby and they don't ship here. I'm busy making mine and one day will show you my new homes. Hugs

  50. These are precious! I do something similar but I buy them ready made :). Than you for stopping by my blog and saying hi! I appreciate it. I will be back after to have a closer look at al your goodies.

  51. I really enjoyed this tutorial!!! Dianntha

  52. This is so cute that I pinned it and shared it on my facebook page (We Live Inspired) Thank you for sharing your cute idea.

  53. What a great little village you've created! It's absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas.

  54. I am making these this year and just looking through your images, the one of your desk with the lamp...I luv the lamp and will be looking for one similar for my new office/craft room.

  55. Your houses are wonderful and I LOVE LOVE LOVE Your sense of humor. I hate to read - but I read all of your information. Can't wait to make these!!!! Thank you very much for all the pictures and information.

  56. Your houses are wonderful and I LOVE LOVE LOVE Your sense of humor. I hate to read - but I read all of your information. Can't wait to make these!!!! Thank you very much for all the pictures and information.

  57. Hi Shelia, Happy Holidays! We haven't chatted for while, but I ran across a "Pin" that lead me to your post on these wonderful houses. Thank you so much for the tutorial. Hugs, Victoria Lavender

  58. Would you happen to know where to locate bigger house patterns. I'm in the process of making a Christmas village, but with muh larger houses. I bought two on line and made to go with. They are approximately 12" high. I find it's hard to translate putz house patterns to the larger size. Love your houses.

  59. Would you happen to know where to locate bigger house patterns. I'm in the process of making a Christmas village, but with muh larger houses. I bought two on line and made to go with. They are approximately 12" high. I find it's hard to translate putz house patterns to the larger size. Love your houses.

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