Round up the supplies to create a whimsical, snowy holiday village with simple paper mache houses and a bit of glitter and creativity! These adorable miniature holiday houses are a great Christmas craft idea to make with kids, and you’re sure to enjoy their happy sparkle all season long.
Supplies to Make Miniature Holiday Houses
- Paper Mache Miniature Houses
- Red and White Craft Paint
- Sparkle Mod Podge
- Foam Brushes
- Extra Fine Glitter
- Assorted Holiday Embellishments: Ornaments, Tinsel, etc.
- Hot Glue
- LED Tea Lights
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To begin, paint the outside houses with the craft paint using the foam brush. Apply as many coats as needed for an even finish. Allow paint to dry completely.
Now the fun part: playing with glitter! These little houses are a great project for letting your creativity shine. You can add glitter to the roof of the houses, the main body of the houses, the base of the house, or all of the above! In my houses, I mixed and matched glittering different surfaces, including adding a touch of white glitter “snow” around the base of each. No matter which part of the house you wish to glitter, the method is the same:
Apply an even coat of the Mod Podge to the surface, and sprinkle with a generous amount of the glitter. Shake off any excess. Allow to dry for 15-20 minutes before applying another coat of glitter in the same manner. Finish by brushing on an even layer of the Mod Podge over the entire surface of the house to seal the glitter and prevent it from coming off when handled. This will also add a lovely sheen to the painted, unglittered portions of the house, as the sparkle Mod Podge contains iridescent glitter pieces in the formula.
Another fun idea is to add a touch of white glitter snow to the roofline of the houses, as well.
When the Mod Podge is completely dry, finish the miniature holiday houses by affixing various embellishments with hot glue. I opted to use a Christmas ornament from my stash, as well as some fun miniature tinsel and ribbon.
Create a fun candy cane fence around the perimeter of the house by cutting the paper straws into sections and securing them to the base of the house with hot glue.
Now, slip an LED tea light in each house, and sit back and enjoy their warm, cozy glow!
I love the idea of creating an entire little village of these miniature holiday houses to display in an entryway, or even on a mantel. These DIY Christmas houses would be wonderful as a holiday centerpiece, too.
You can make these little holiday houses your own by choosing embellishments and colors that fit your decor. There are so many possibilities!
Having grown up in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, Amy has a deep love for all things creative. On any given day, you’ll find her knee-deep in her latest creative endeavor, with projects ranging from sewing and crafts to home decor and kid-friendly ideas. Amy believes that everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, possesses the ability to create something beautiful, and Positively Splendid was born of her passion for helping others harness their innate creative potential.