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Last week I shared with you my plans to make a pretty all white Christmas village using supplies from Consumer Crafts. I am really happy with how they turned out. I used my Consumer Crafts supplies and a few materials from my stash to make a wintery village of white lace and glass glitter.
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- 6 inch paper mache house box
- 8.5 inch paper mache house box
- Core’dinations 12×12 vellum
- Martha Stewart doily lace
- 20 bright white LED lights
- 10×4 inch paper mache cones
- Mod Podge
- Aleene’s craft glue
- Floracraft Diamond Dust glass glitter
- Plutonium spray paint in Polar
- Martha Stewart spray enamel
I began by giving each paper mache house and tree a coat of my trusty Plutonium Polar. It is a true white so it doesn’t look dingy or yellow next to the other embellishments I had planned for the houses.
Next, I trimmed pieces of the Martha Stewart lace to cover the interior of the windows for all three houses. I used thick craft glue to keep the lace in place.
I could have left the windows like this, but I planned to place LED lights inside each house. The lace alone wasn’t enough to make sure the cords and batteries weren’t visible.
I solved that problem by cutting rectangles of vellum to fit the interior walls of the houses. Again, I used the craft glue to hold the vellum in place behind the lace.
I wanted the houses to look like they had seen a good snowstorm, so I used the tip of the glue bottle to add craft glue to the bottom and right side of each window pane. It is important to use THICK craft glue here, or the glue will simply drip all the way down the side of the house. I also added some decoupage medium to the base of the houses and up the walls to look like snow drifts.
While the glue was still wet, I sprinkled a generous amount of glass glitter onto the glue. TIP: Take a piece of freezer paper or parchment paper and fold it in half, giving it a good crease. Put that piece of paper in a 9×13 or jelly roll pan. Do all your glittering over it. Then you can lift the paper, fold it, and pour the glitter back into its container. It won’t eliminate the glitter mess, but it will make it more manageable.
The roof and chimney of each house also got a layer of Mod Podge and glass glitter. After the glue dried, the houses got a coat of MS spray enamel to keep the glass glitter from shedding.
I wanted to add some lace trim to the eaves of the houses too, so I cut some of the lace trim to fit each angle. I squirted a small amount of craft glue onto the straight edge of the lace pieces.
Then I carefully put the lace in place on the eaves. It was a putzy process, but not at all hard. After that glue had time to dry, I trimmed any lace that overlapped the edges of the roof.
Here is the village all finished! I will show you how I made those simple lace and glitter trees soon, I promise. The lace in the windows looks pretty during the day, and the glass glitter will catch any stray beam of light and throw it right back at you. Honestly, glass glitter sparkles just like freshly fallen snow.
To make the village equally as charming at night, I placed a battery powered strand of LED lights in each house. Just pop the roofs off the houses when you want to turn the lights on or off.
The LED lights are bright enough to illuminate the inside of each of the houses well. For the two larger houses, I taped some of the lights to the back interior “2nd story” wall so that the upper story windows were fully illuminated too.
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