Today I’m guest posting over at A Blissful Nest // here // with my Chinoiserie Christmas Putz House, so today I wanted to share the other 3 that I painted – the colourful Christmas putz houses of your dreams! All in all I’ve done four different versions, so you’re bound to find one you like.
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I’ve always loved the idea of a Christmas village, but I’ve never loved the ceramic ones. They’re just not in line with my style. Last year I thrifted a set of plastic homes, but they were too small and some of the colours weren’t quite right. I haven’t put them up this year due to a lack of space, but I’ve got an idea for them next year.
I’ve never laid-out a tutorial like this, so instead of doing a step-by-step for each house, i’ve broken everything down into general steps and will feature key elements from each house in the various steps.
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- 3 Paper Mache Houses: I used this version // here // but these would also be cute // here // or // here //
- Paints: I used the Fat Paint Co. (Pistachio, Blushing Bomshell, Coral Reef, Autumn, Can’t See Me Camo) and Deco Art Americana paints (Brilliant Red, Mustard Seed, Poblano Pepper) to get the colour schemes I wanted.
- Fine Detail Paint Brush Set
- Hot Glue Gun
- DecoArt Snow-Tex
- Bottle Brush Trees
- Mini Bottle Brush wreaths
- Mini plastic deer
- Silver Glitter
- Martha Stewart Crafts Liquid Gilding
Step 1: Start by painting your house in a base colour. I’ve used The Fat Paint’s Pink Cashmere, Pistachio and Blushing Bombshell for my various houses.
You’ll notice a little bit of bubbling from the moisture, but it won’t last and isn’t usually a big problem. Don’t forget to add a second coat!
Step 2: Decide on your design! I told myself I’d plan each one out, but I always found myself figuring it out while the paint dried.
I did the pink one with Falalalala written in sloppy brush strokes using the liquid gold.
I did the orangey-red version with lines, as a sort of plaid motif.
Step 3: After deciding how you’ll be doing each house, and then doing it, go back for a second pass with detail strokes.
I added a red base on the pink house.
I added more colours to the orangey-red house.
Step 4: Add the 3D elements! This s where you glue-on the wreaths, trees, deer, and use the Snow-Tex to create snow.
Step 5: You can add a flameless tea-light inside the house for light, or you can just lay-out your scene accordingly. I’ve got mine sitting in the windowsill of my office – a space that somehow escaped Christmas decor.
Style accordingly, and most importantly – Merry Christmas!
I added some Meri Meri food picks to the base.
Here’s the Chinoiserie version that’s over on A Blissful Nest // here //
They also look really nice staged. I matched my houses to this beautiful Christmas card from Rifle Paper co. // here //