Almost every year before the holidays, I go through my stash of magazines, looking for craft and gift ideas. One of my favorite projects from last year was making these little glitter houses. I had a few antique houses that were my grandma's but they were in pretty bad shape and I didn't have enough of them to really display them. When I saw instructions on how to make some in the December 2000 issue of MSL, I knew I wanted to try it. (Instructions can be found here but I will say that the actual magazine article is way more thorough and beautiful than the online article.)
Using a craft knife and the templates from the magazine, I cut out the structures from old cereal boxes. I glued them together using some crazy awesome craft glue from a Breyer horse tack making kit and there would have been a lot more swearing if I wouldn't have had that glue. After the houses were glued together, I painted them with acrylic paint and glittered the rooftops and all of the little details.
When the kids saw me making the houses, they wanted to decorate them, too, so I put one together for each of them. Arden made the peach one on the left; Perry made the dark blue one below.
Perry was going for a minimal look and wanted a plain cardboard roof and no glitter. (He really just wanted the paint to dry so he could start playing with it. When I told him he couldn't play with it anyway, he said he was done. Yes, I'm a meany, but if I would have let him play with it, it would just be a crushed piece of dusty cardboard under his bed right now and if you make four of these neurotic things in a row, you become a little more attached to them than you should be.)
But here they all are. Both old and new, together on the mantle, looking shiny and bright.