In the midst of (supposedly) getting a head start on decorating for Christmas this weekend, I somehow found myself elbows deep in glass glitter, tacky glue and faux snow...making a glittered house instead of hanging tinsel on the tree. This is typically what I do when I clean too...sweep, sweep..."oh, look at that brooch, that'd look really cute with gold beads"...and then there I am, making a necklace instead of sweeping the floors. And so it goes with the Christmas decorating. I always love it when the house is decorated, but, oh boy, is it a project!! Maybe it's because I've collected SOO much stuff over the years, after all, some of my favorite things to collect are Christmas decorations: german glass beads, antique ornaments, bottle brush trees and houses - oh the houses! This post will focus on those. (Stay tuned because there will be future posts about the rest).
For years I've been collecting these glittery Christmas houses. I didn't know who they were by at first as there was no designer name stamped on the bottom but, after some research, I learned that they are by the talented and sometimes kitschy, Cody Foster. Other people make glittered houses too, of course, but his are the best. Here are the one's I have:
|Along the way, I picked up some plain, cheap houses to make my own glittery masterpieces. These were $5.99 at Marshalls.|
|Here are some of the supplies you'll need: crystal coarse glitter, glass glitter, tacky glue, acrylic paints, vintage inspired tinsel, and whatever embellishments you choose.|
|Once you've painted, glued and primped, the final stage is to spray the entire house with a spray adhesive and then pour this faux snow all over it. Here are the houses that my Mom & I made:|
|My Mom made this one. It had a red roof, so she painted it pink, with gold accents and a turquoise door. She made a big wreath out of an old pick and then wrapped turquoise tinsel around the trees.|
|I painted the chimney and door aqua, added glass glitter trim, and then used vintage miniature ornaments to adorn the trees and finished it off with a handmade bird.|
|I learned how to make this little birdy from Jennifer Murphy at the Creative Connection event in Minneapolis. She is a famous designer of hand crafted "bears & other silly things". This was made out of pom-pom's, felt for the wings and tail, wire for the legs and a paper beak.|
|I love this ivy 'bush' made out of a Christmas pick.|
|ho, ho, ho!|
| I just love how whimsical these are - like a dreamy little neighborhood. I'd like to live there! If Cody's houses are in the estate section, ours are where the hired help sleep, but regardless, we had lots of fun making them! If you want the real thing, we will have a few Cody Foster houses for sale at our Lulubelles trunk show in Louisville coming up on November 19th & 20th. Please visit our Facebook fanpage for more info.|
What holiday projects are you making? I look forward to your comments.