Create a whimsical, snowy holiday village with simple paper mache houses and a bit of glitter and creativity! Today I’m sharing all of the details for how these sparkly houses are made using just a handful of supplies. This is the perfect DIY Christmas decor project to make on a wintry afternoon!
- Darice 8 1/2-inch Paper Mache House Box.
- Darice 6-inch Paper Mache House Box.
- Red and White Craft Paint.
- Sparkle Mod Podge.
- Foam Brushes.
- Darice Extra Fine Glitter in Snowfall.
- Darice Extra Fine Glitter in Silver.
- Darice Extra Fine Glitter in Icicle.
- Darice Red & White Stripe Paper Straws.
- Darice 5/8″ Ribbon.
- Assorted Holiday Ephemera: Ornaments, Tinsel, etc..
- Hot Glue.
- Darice LED Tea Lights.
To begin, paint the outside houses with the craft paint using the foam brush. Apply as many coats as needed for an even finish. Allow paint to dry completely.
Now the fun part: playing with glitter! This DIY Christmas decor project is great for really letting your creativity shine. You can add glitter to the roof of the houses, the main body of the houses, the base of the house, or all of the above! In my houses, I mixed and matched glittering different surfaces, including adding a touch of white glitter “snow” around the base of each. No matter which part of the house you wish to glitter, the method is the same:
Apply an even coat of the Mod Podge to the surface, and sprinkle with a generous amount of the glitter. Shake off any excess. Allow to dry for 15-20 minutes before applying another coat of glitter in the same manner. Finish by brushing on an even layer of the Mod Podge over the entire surface of the house to seal the glitter and prevent it from coming off when handled. This will also add a lovely sheen to the painted, unglittered portions of the house, as the sparkle Mod Podge contains iridescent glitter pieces in the formula.
When the Mod Podge is completely dry, finish the DIY Christmas decor houses by affixing various embellishments with hot glue. I opted to use a Christmas ornament from my stash, as well as some fun miniature tinsel and ribbon. Buttons, gems and other items would look wonderful, as well. There are so many possibilities!
I love the idea of creating an entire little village of these houses to display in an entryway, or even on a mantel. These DIY Christmas decor houses would be wonderful as a holiday centerpiece, too.
Incorporating a number of different embellishments, colors and textures allows you to tailor this DIY Christmas decor project to your own style. I love the idea of making this project with children, too!
The holidays are sure to be merry and bright when you create a collection of glowing little houses to accent your DIY Christmas decor! I hope you are inspired to grab the supplies to make a village of your very own.
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Having grown up in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, Amy Bell has a deep love for all things creative. On any given day at her blog, Positively Splendid, you’ll find her knee-deep in her latest creative endeavor, with projects ranging from sewing and crafts to recipes, home decor and kid-friendly ideas. Amy believes that everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, possesses the ability to create things that matter with their own two hands, and Positively Splendid was born of her passion for helping others harness their innate creative potential. Amy is married to her high school sweetheart, and they reside outside Austin, Texas with their four young children and one wily beagle.