I’ve never been into Gingerbread houses… I’m not sure if it’s the hours of preparation or the short shelf life. Maybe I just don’t like gingerbread… either way I’ve never been a fan! Glitter on the other hand… glitter I am a fan of! So when I started to see these little glitter houses pop up I knew that I had to have one!
Erlene over at My Pinterventures must have read my mind because she sent me this cute little cardboard house as one of my two items for the Holiday Thrift Store Swap!
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Of course… I’m getting ahead of myself. I’m assuming that y’all know what the Thrift Store Swap is! For those of you who are new to the swap we’re a group of gals who love to re-purpose! Lyn over at Mid Michican Mom thought up the whole fabulous idea… it works like this: Gal A heads to her local thrift shop where she buys two items under $10… and then mails them to gal B! Gal B re-purposes her two items from Gal A and sends two more items to Gal C… it’s a giant circle!
What’s even better than one Swap? Two!
Since my little house is decorated and ready for Christmas I’m also sharing with a group of bloggers from Hometalk… for our Christmas Blog Hop!
So you get twice as many amazing Christmas projects! Score!
When I first got my hands on this little house I knew I wanted to make my very own little glitter Christmas house… just like the ones you’re seeing on Pinterest these days! I started by spraying my house with a coat or two of my favorite metallic spray paint.
Once the paint was dry it was time for my favorite part… glitter! I typically am very careful with glitter… working over a tray at the kitchen table to minimize the damage! Well this time I must have been on the verge of insanity because I decided to glitter my little roof over a blanket… on my lap… at my computer.
I know right?
Glitter went everywhere! Oh well… that’s what you get for working with glitter late at night! There should be a warning label on this stuff!
Once the house was sprayed and the roof was glittered we were almost home free… our little Christmas house was coming along! I knew it needed something extra though so I thought of traditional Christmas decorations…. and I decided to hang little wreaths in the windows!
Aren’t they adorable? Plus they’re super adorable! The little wreaths were made from garland ties… I bought a pack of 12 and then proceeded to cut one tie into fourths! So I still have 11 ties that are in perfect condition… I smell another project coming on! Haha!
I bent each tiny garland tie around a paint brush handle to make a circle and I overlapped the ends so that the greenery was even all the way around.
Then the finishing touch… the teeniest tiniest little set of Christmas lights you’ve ever seen! Did you know they made little light sets that are battery operated and strung on wire? Me neither! They’re perfect for this project! I was able to wind the wire around each little wreath and then attach it to the window… all with the light wire! The best part is that they come in different colors so my little pink glitter house has little pink lights!
Once the wreaths were finished my little Christmas scene was almost finished! I set up my little house and then spread feathers at the base. I wanted something that would look soft and white… just like snow! I thought about fake snow but there were feathers in the cabinet… so we went with feathers!
The scene was almost set at this point but it needed a little something extra… so I found two little tiny Christmas trees to go next to my Christmas house! Then I made little Christmas ornaments for the trees! They’re super easy to make… place little drops of glue on a hard surface and cover with glitter. Once the glue is dry pop them free and you have little tiny glitter ornaments! Nestle them in the branches of your tree to tie the whole scene together!
I absolutely love it! I’m trying to decide where to put my little house but I can’t quite decide! My first thought is to put the whole shebang under a glass cloche and display it on a sidetable… the second thought is to put a bottom on the house and place it outside as an adorable little birdhouse!
I think it will probably end up under a cloche for two reasons: a) it’s cardboard so I’m not sure how it would hold up outside! Cardboard + Rain = Soggy Mess! b) It’s December… there aren’t any birds!
Oh well… I won’t be sad to have it inside where I can look at it everyday!
Of course my little Christmas House is only one of many projects I have for you today… Check these out!
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