Any elf would be excited to see the shimmer I created with my glitter house Christmas tree ornaments. Follow along to see how you can add a magical spark or glimmer to your Christmas tree with this simple DIY project.
Last year, I was nervous about setting up the Christmas tree early, and apologized to family and friends when they arrived for Thanksgiving thinking everyone would be offended or something. To my surprise, they all thought it was wonderful.
As you can guess a new tradition was started and the tree is already up, which got me moving on creating some new decorations.
Truth be told the holiday season seems to fly by so fast and I just want to hang on to it a wee bit longer. We might as well enjoy all those treasured decorations before packing them away for another year. Right?!
After spotting some very pretty but overly priced glitter houses at one of my favorite stores, I decided I could make my own. They’re easy to make and better yet, will go with almost any decorating theme.
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Supplies For Glitter Houses
- Paper mache houses 6″
- Rescue Restore Paint (Biscuits and Gravy)
- 1″ Craft brush
- Mod Podge
- Shoe box or plastic bin
Before you start remember to protect your work surface. I usually use a piece of cardboard or large piece of paper.
First I painted each paper mache house with paint and let dry. You may have to apply two coats for even coverage if using craft paint. I was able to apply one coat with the Rescue Restore Paint which was a big time saver and only had to touch up a few spots before moving on to the next step.
Once the paint was dry I applied Mod Podge with a brush in sections, then sprinkle with glitter working over a plastic bin to catch the glitter.
I continued until all areas were covered with glitter.
After the houses were completely dry, I went over each one with a clean dry brush to remove the excess glitter.
Our tree has lots of space between the branches which allows for large decorations such as the glitter houses, to be nestled on limbs close to the trunk. I used eight of the 6″ paper mache houses on the tree.
Having ornaments at different depths is something to consider when you want to add interest to the tree.
My snowy pinecones have been repurposed into ornaments this year by attaching a piece of ribbon to the top of each one with hot glue. For details on the snowy effect see the How To Make Snowy Pinecones post.
Creating additional sparkle to the tree are traditional mercury glass finials and mercury glass ball ornaments.
Did you notice I also added a bit of plaid to the tree with bows? I can’t imagine decorating for Christmas without plaid. The black and green plaid bows remind me of taffeta dresses.
Decorating tip: Update your old ornaments by painting them. A few years ago the candy filled cones were multi colored in purple, orange, green and gold. Spray paint in antique silver gave them a whole new look.
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I hope you like the glitter houses on the Christmas tree. If you don’t have room on your tree, create a village on your mantel or entry table. More decorating to come!
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Julie Briones says
Love these glitter houses! You could do this with all kinds of paper mache items!
Michelle Meyer says
You are so right Julie. I forgot how much fun glitter is to work with and so happy with how the houses turned out.
Katie Mansfield says
So cute. I have some. I was going to leave them natural but now you have me second guessing myself.
Michelle Meyer says
They add a bit of nostalgia I really love.
Mary-The Boondocks Blog says
Michelle I love the look of little houses. I have been looking everywhere and have not seen anything as pretty as these. I am definitely going to copy your idea. Thanks for the inspiration.
Michelle Meyer says
Thanks Mary, with your excellent crafting skills you’ll have these made in no time at all. 🙂