These Japanese-made cardboard houses adorned with sparkly materials, tiny bottle brush shrubbery and cellophane windows were mostly made between 1930 and 1960.
At the heart of my Putz village are the worn and slightly tattered houses that I played with as a child. Since I was born after that timeframe--I am old enough, I don't need to add on extra years--they were tattered and torn even then.
I decided to make my own little home fashioned after these Putz houses. Here's how I did it:
Tutorial to make Putz-Style Christmas HouseAfter you assemble the four walls of your house using a strong adhesive such as Beacon Fabri-Tac, go ahead and paint the house, roof, chimney, dormers, windows and doors.
Once the paint is dry, mix craft glue with a bit of water and paint the exterior of the house. Then sprinkle fine white glitter over all exterior surfaces.
Cut tissue paper to fit the doors and windows. Adhere the tissue to the interior walls and brush matte medium over the tissue.
Great StuffHouse Ornament Kit
House Ornament Chimney and Dormers
House Ornament Window Trims
Fine white glitter
Faux snow paste
Faux white fur
Bottle brush trees
Mercury glass beads