LEAVE A LITTLE GLITTER WHEREVER YOU GO!
Christmas Villages have been around for centuries but the Cardboard Christmas Houses have only been around for 130 years or so. Many people associate these little cardboard houses with the Putz Houses (these have become very collectable). The word "putz" has a literal meaning of "put", but in the German American culture, it can mean "putter". So as the lady of the house would be arranging her little cardboard village, her family would say, "How long are you going to keep putzing around with those houses?" Thus the name Putz Houses.
These little glittered houses make such a great addition to your Christmas décor. They're quite easy to make but do take a bit of time. We purchased our little cardboard houses from Hobby Lobby...they're made by Paper Craft. I'm sure you could find them at most craft stores or on line.
The first step we took was to give our little houses a good coat of spray primer. After that was dry, the inside of the houses were sprayed gold. Not only does this give them a finished look, but if you choose to put a candle inside your house (battery powered of course) it helps reflect the light. Next choose your paint color for the body and roof of your house, or perhaps you might want to use scrapbooking or wrapping paper and decoupage your house. Now just have fun decorating your little house. Add beads or trim around the roof top. Maybe a little wreath on the door and pipe cleaner smoke coming out of the chimney.
Use your imagination and have fun. When you are through adding your embellishments give your whole house a frosty feel by adding a coat of Glitter Blast Diamond Dust by Krylon. Now just have fun with your glitter. We used glitter on our windows and Iridescent and Jumbo glitter were added to the rooftop and base along with a few bottle brush trees. Put a battery powered tea light inside your little house and it's ready to go!
Happy decorating and always remember...