Tuesday, December 6, 2011

My Sweet Little Glitter Cottage & Tutorial To Make Your Own!

I can't tell you how much been looking forward to sharing this project - I truly loved making it!  My Little Glitter Cottage:)  I first found out about this sweet craft via one of my advertisers, Sugar Pink Boutique, and was totally enchanted with the idea.  Pretty like gingerbread houses, but permanent and with that magical extra shimmer:  

So when I bought some sweet, crafty goodies like glass glitter, berry beads and tinsel from her shop I knew I had to make one of my own.

It was so much fun I plan to make a little village of them.  I thought I'd share how I made mine for anyone else who wants to give them a try.  Being easy, fun and lovely to look at, it's a really wonderful seasonal project.  I started out with this plain wooden gingerbread house from Michael's - got it on sale for $2.50:

Then I painted it with a foam brush and two coats of acrylic craft paints - some of them were left over from a stenciling project...from 9 yrs ago.  I know, the fact that I even have paints that old means I'm a total crafting packrat.

This was my favorite part - I "iced" the house with wall spackle piped on using a sandwich bag with a corner cut off.  The spackle has the same consistency as royal icing so the effect is pretty realistic and it dried about as fast.  

Next, working quickly and one side at a time, I brushed on a thin coat of Mod Podge with another foam brush:

and sprinkled on german glass glitter - the more the better and so much sparklier than regular glitter:

Once everything dried, it was time to decorate.  I used a cotton swab and dabbed on some tacky glue to attach the oblong beads for the "jimmies" on the roof:

I used these sugary looking berry beads along the trim:

Small assorted beads decorated the snowman, tree and door and some lovely iridescent wired tinsel around the base for a finishing touch:

I unrolled some batting to go underneath and added the candy light bulbs and sweets garland I also got from Sugar Pink Boutique to make our mantle have a full sparkle effect:

And with twinkle lights under the batting, when lit up at night, my mantle looks like a magical winter wonderland:)

Sharing this with my FAVE LINK PARTIES too so click HERE to check them out!


  1. Oh these are adorable! I made some paper houses out of glitter stock but these are much sturdier :)
    I love Sugar Pink. I have to fight myself to not spend my paycheck there :)

  2. It's so sweet. I love all the details you've included.

  3. It looks like a little Sugar Plum cottage! Love the colors! Are you going to make a village of them?


  4. Thanks for sharing where to get candy garland. Hobby Lobby used to sell it every year, but of course this year when I wanted it, they didn't carry it. I've been looking all over for some.

    Adorable ginger cottage. I love that you made it the sweet pastels instead of traditional Christmas colors.

    I'm currently having a gingerbread party on my blog and would love for you to include this if you would like. I don't like to clutter other people's blogs with my url, but if you are interested, the details are on my blog.

  5. This is adorable! I would love to make a whole Christmas Village out of these! Much more kid friendly than the traditional ceramic houses!

  6. Oh my goodness I LOVE your sugar cottage it's scrumptious!!! You did a beautiful job I love the colors you used and all of the candy goodies! Thank you so much for mentioning my shop you're such a sweetie! Hugs, Jennifer

  7. That is over the top cute! I love it!

  8. This is quite possibly one of the sweetest little houses I have ever seen!

  9. how cute - you've used my favourite colours - so I'll be pinning one of your pics soon!



  10. Please come share you cottage!

  11. So cute! If you get a chance, I'd love to have you link up! http://scrapbookingez.blogspot.com/2011/12/anything-goes-linky-party_08.html. Thanks for sharing!

  12. What a pretty little house! My girls would love this! And me too! :) I found you through Someday Crafts. Thanks for sharing!

  13. How pretty! You've got a new follower in me from the Mingle With Us blog hop!


  14. This is amazing you are so very talented thanks for sharing. I have just found your lovely blog through your host blog hop wonderful to join in. I'm now following you hope you visit me and follow back so nice to find new friends to catch up with. Have a great day.
    Always Wendy

  15. That is just TOO CUTE!!! and SPACKLE??? Oh wow...what kind of ideas are going through my head with that!!!
    Great job, and it's something you'll love for ages and ages!
    Thanks so much for linking up with my party!! It's so great to have you here!
    Blessings, Doni

  16. Hi, Cheryl! I'm here by way of Jennifer's fun friday link up party.

    This little house is super sweet! i love the colors and the glitter! great "icing' idea- thanks!
    Will this be the year that *I* make a little house? We'll see. ♥

  17. Found you through the blog hop and I saw this cute little thing! Just followed you and I hope you'll do the same when you get a chance!

  18. This is too cute! My Michaels doesn't have any wooden gingerbread houses, but they do have birdhouses. I might substitute! I love the idea of using spackle for the icing. I made some gingerbread letters and i piped on snow tex. I like your idea better..

  19. Love the way your house turned out! We would love it if you would please link up with us for Fun Stuff Fridays.

  20. How pretty! such a cute little house! I can't believe how cheap it was to buy the basic wooden one!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  21. That is the cutest thing I've ever seen! I love the colours, and the sparkle. Brilliant.

  22. Cheryl,

    Thank you so much for sharing your creativity and talent on "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Tuesday at Rook No. 17!

    Friends who link-up to tomorrow’s party will have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Hodgson Mill, so please feel free to stop by and join in the fun & inspiration!

    Warmest wishes,

  23. So gorgeous, love it! Jennifer is so sweet, isn't she, love the things she sells.


  24. that is adorable. I love your color selection too. Thank you for sharing with us.

  25. This is so cute! I see you have an etsy shop will you link it to my new etsy shop link party?


  26. Sooooooo cute! I love German Glass Glitter. Thanks for sharing at Etcetorize~

  27. this house is very pretty!!

    I linked to your tutorial on my blog - thanks for sharing!

    doro K.

  28. This is super cute! I love the colors you picked. Happy Holidays!
    Theresa DearCreatives.com
    (come link up if you like)

  29. It's a real pitty we don't have Michael's here in Holland.
    But I did adore to read this about this Sparkling House!
    A few days and it's a new year so HAPPY NEW YEAR Cheryl :-)
    Big hug from The Netherlands

    1. Happy New Year to you too Elvira! You should be able to find similar houses at most craft stores:)

  30. any substitute for the glass litter?

    1. You could try clear glitter, but the glass glitter is much better quality and adds the crystal, dimensional effect that makes it look more sugary.


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