Monday, November 23, 2009

Minaiture Glittered Houses

Let me start by saying I am not a big fan of Martha Stewart but I often bought the Holiday issues of the magazine because they were so pretty....

Now, onto business. Yesterday, I stumbled across some little cardboard glittered house in a local gift shop. They were to be used as Christmas tree ornaments and I remembered that my Grandmother had some that were her mother's.... and now my mother's. I think they came from Germany.

I recalled seeing an article about making them in one of the old MS Living mags so I started hunting through my collection and found it in the Christmas 2000 issue. I reduced the template by 45% and copied it onto colored cards stock. The directions say to paint both sides but I chose the colored cardstock instead. I didn't cut out the doors or windows. I will glue on a different color. Here are my steps:

I scored on the lines and glued the basic house toegther (this is actually the church). The I put the roof on, first one side then the other.

Then I made the steeple. and glued it to the roof followed by the steeple roof. This was a little futzy.

I also made a roofed entry ....

Not bad for a quick and dirty sample. I think I will use a different color for the roofs. I will stick with card stock, though and not paint it. I will thin the white glue just a bit, brush it on and then glitter.

I think I will reduce the template down to 35%. This church is 1in by 2in by 2.5 in high. It is ok for a table decoration but I think I'd like it a little smaller. There is a smaller house template that may be ok. I haven't tried it yet.

I would love to share this template with you but I am not sure how to do that. I have the fullsized template saved to my 'puter as a pdf. Any advice how to make that availlable?

Actually, I have found the article on line and it includes the template. You can reduce it to any size you wish. Just go here:

Glittered Houses



Debie Lyons said...

Thanks Tabitha those are great. (( hugs )))
Debie xxx

Debbie said...

Tabitha they are lovely. Thanks for sharing.

Marsha (Sassy Mini Dolls) said...

WOW, that looks AWESOME! Great work! I think they were called "Putz" houses. My aunt had a collection of them. Such fond memories!!

LOL, I guess I'm not alone then in not being too fond of MS!!!

You could uploaded the PDF to and then post the link on your blog.


Tabitha Corsica said...

Thanks, Marsha. I'll remember that for the future. Since it is available still online, it's probably just as easy for anyone who is interested to go directly to it.

When I get mine done to my satisfaction, I'll post a picture. Probably won't be till after Thanksgiving though,


rosanna said...

Thank you very much, they are very cute. Rosanna :o))

Ara said...

This looks super fun! Tutorial saved!! Hugs - ara

Lize said...

Thanks for the tips! I read your comment on Mercedes' page and I thought I liked your attitude! I checked your site out, and indeed... here you are... sharing! (That and experimenting are the only ways to grow and learn.) You promptly won a new follower.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful !

Tallulah~Belle said...

That is really cute :-) It would be fun to have a mini tree decorated with a mini village.

I am not crazy on MS either and I loved your disclaimer at the beginning lol.

Miss Mustard Seed said...

Your little paper church looks great! You'll have to show what it looks like when it's all done.