Today I have spent time making some little Putz houses for my current project. I didn’t have these in mind at the beginning but that’s part of the excitement – seeing how things evolve in the process. I think and hope that they will be a nice addition to where this piece is going. I rather like it so far.
These little houses are so fun to make that I thought I would show you how I made them. First a caveat. This is the first time I have made them so I am no expert. There is probably a better way. Also, if you want to make some regular sized Putz houses of your own – there are lots of instructions/how-to’s on the web. Here are a few links for you.
Now here’s how I made them little:
I began with drafting a pattern that allowed me to cut two out at a time. Here it is. If you click on it, it will take you to the full size image which you can print out.
Then I took the pattern and made it into a template.
I traced the design onto a very thin (like cereal box cardboard/chip board). Solid lines are cutting lines. Dotted lines are folds. Score the fold lines to make sharp and accurate folds. The tab at the end is what I used to glue them together.
Then I cut the designs out as carefully as I could – small errors = big problems. Here I have all the pieces ready to be painted. You can search the web for ideas and color schemes if you need some inspiration.
I chose to use printed scrapbook papers because they go with my project already in progress. Is it easier? I don’t know. Six of one, half dozen of the other.
Once the paper was attached, I cut out windows and doors. It is much easier to do these at this stage before they are assembled. I wonder how I found that out.
The photo below shows the pieces ready to be assembled. As you can see one is already stuck together without its roof.
Here are both houses ready for their roofs.
At this point, I was going to show you the houses with their roofs glued on but I think I got caught up in the process and forgot to take a photo. Anyway . . .
The next step is to add the glitter. I like this part though it may drive you crazy. Glitter is what sort of defines these houses. I simply brushed on thin layer of white glue and sprinkled it with crystal glitter.
It was a good choice on these tiny ones. For a larger house, you might choose a glass glitter or something with larger flakes.
The last thing I added was some artificial snow. I don’t know if I did things in the right order or not but I am happy with the way they turned out.
There is so much you can do with these houses; lots of details I can think of adding, like whether or not to put them on bases like the bigger ones. But I have to keep to the task at hand and these houses are just a part of the piece not the focus. That’s what I keep telling myself.
I have a feeling that this might not be the only time I explore these little Putz houses. Now – back to work. Have a great Thursday!