This year I made 19 little sparkly houses. I thought I'd share a little bit of the process with you.
First I designed a pattern. I made a template of the main pattern. It was easy to cut strips the length and width of the house and then use the template to mark my cutting lines. I cut rectangles for the bases and roofs.
I made the houses from poster board - a light-weight, white cardboard readily available in the US. After I cut the shapes out, I folded them where I needed to using a bone folder (which is a really good tool). I glued the ends of the house together using Tacky Glue - a strong, fast-drying glue available in craft stores.
I mixed up a solution of thin glue (Elmers and/or Tacky glue mixed with water) and brushed it on the houses where I wanted glitter to stick. I used blue, green, and white glitter to make houses in those colors.
After the glue/glitter dried, I glued and glittered the doors in a contrasting color. I cut tissue paper and stuck it to the inside of the windows.
Next I glued each house to a base and glued its roof on. Luckily I remembered to punch holes in the roofs and strung a loop of wire (to hang them from) before I glued the roofs on!
I made pipe cleaner wreaths and glued them over the doors. I glued on rick-rack greenery and I added sparkly, fluffy snow to the roofs and bases and then... there they were! A cluster of festive houses ready to go off and spread Christmas cheer!
Every year one of the hardest parts of "ornament making" for me is deciding what to make. I enjoyed making these houses so well that I think I'm going to make a variety of different houses for the next several years. Imagine a village of little sparkly cardboard houses!