I have loved putz houses, also called "glitter houses" since I was a
They've been around for about 100 years (I haven't been
around quite that long).
Putz houses have traditionally been
used in Christmas villages...
...and hung as ornaments on Christmas trees.
Usually made from cardboard, they've also been made of old Christmas
cards - perhaps some of the first creative recycling!
are indeed vintage, purchased at estate sales and antique stores. I
carefully sand them in preparation for new coats of paint.
tired trees with vintage bottle brush trees from antique model train
sets and Christmas villages.
Then I add angels, gnomes, snowmen - also
all collected from my vintage treasure hunts.
I embellish with greenery
at the roofline. Finally I glitter with mica flakes and german glass
As you can see, they involve many steps and a lot of work, but they are a labor
of love. If you've got the time, and the patience, they are so worth the effort.
And now we have a glittery gnome camp and angel village under our tiny tree.
If you are as in love with these as I am, but find your time at a premium this holiday season, you are welcome to some of my little glittery putz houses. They are on sale now at my Etsy shop. But don't wait, I've had two large orders come through already! :) Merry, merry, hohoho.