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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

DIY: Wee Springtime/Easter Putz Cottages

This past weekend I needed a bit of glitter in my life so I created some Easter themed Putz houses. I’ve done Christmas houses many times prior but this was my first attempt at making springtime versions.


You can purchase Putz kits on Etsy and also make your own with medium weight chipboard and a variety of printables that you can find HERE. I have a Silhouette Cameo and they also have mini house templates you can create.

Little Glitter Houses Pattern | You may print the structure pattern on any sort of paper, since you're ...:

I wanted to create crazy springtime colored bottle brush trees and found a tutorial on Pinterest. I purchased natural white bottlebrush trees HERE.

It’s quite simple to dye the trees. You just select any shade of dye which can be found at most craft stores or HERE. I tried two brands, Dylon and Rit. (I preferred the Rit.)


Using a small glass container mix approximately 1 tablespoon of dye and then add 1 cup of hot water stirring until the powder is disolved. (Less water will result in a darker color and more water will produce a lighter color.)

It takes just a quick dip in the dyebath to add color. Set the trees aside on a triple layer of newspapers to dry. (You don’t want the dye to stain anything you don’t want.)


Once you have your chipboard pieces cut out you will want to apply one layer of acrylic craft paint, in the colors of your choice, to the chipboard.

After the paint is dry you can then glue your houses together. I like this glue.


Then glue on your trees and figurines. All of the figurines I used were vintage finds but similar styles can be found HERE.


Next, add a water downed layer of glue to the house and liberally coat it with glitter.


Once the house is dry you can then use a hot glue gun to add miniature flowers and eggs. While all of my flowers are vintage you can find similar styles HERE. I found the eggs in the fairy garden section of Michael’s but other versions can be found HERE.


Even if you use the same design each house will take on its own personality based on the color and embellishments that you choose.


Each house takes about one hour to complete, with the addition of a few hours of drying time in between.


Some designs are better suited to simple embellishments.


I placed my wee spring cottages on a shelf in my kitchen. They pair well with the vintage pastel aprons hanging below.


May you enjoy your sweet wee homes.


Linking to:

Between Naps On The Porch, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Stonegable, A Stroll Thru Life, Savvy Southern Style, Made in a Day, Charm Bracelet Diva, Katherine’s Corner, Posed Perfection, 21 Rosemary Lane, The 36th Avenue, Craftberry Bush, French Country Cottage, Imparting Grace, The Charm of Home, AKA Design + Life, Tatertots and Jello, The SITS Girls, Funky Junk Interiors, The Dedicated House, Lilacs and Longhorns, Simple Details,Sundays At Home and…



Manu said...

These are so cute!!!
Have a lovely day

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

These are absolutely adorable! I am familiar with Christmas ones but never thought about a spring or Easter theme.

Lisa said...

These itty bites are so precious! Thanks for the tips on dyeing the trees. That opens up a world of possibilities! LOL

craftyles said...

I love the Putz houses for Easter. Such a cute idea and you did a great job on them, Laura. Love the whole vignette with the pretty aprons.

Mountain Mama said...

These are simply adorable! I was just thinking I need a little spring decor....these would be perfect!

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Those are the sweetest little cottages. Love the colors! Any spring decor is welcome now.

Stacey said...

Oh they are so cute!! Love them on your shelf.

I so loved the thing I got from you at Christmas. Are these in your Etsy?

Marigene said...

Those are adorable...and you are so creative, Laura!

Cozy Little House said...

Oh, they're adorable!

Fox and Finch Antiques said...

I have been putting together a shelf full of vintage Easter egg dioramas for the shop and I thought those were delightful until I saw the display of Easter Putz houses on your shelf. Now I am over the top for Easter Putz houses. I think the vintage millinery flowers are perfecto! And, the way you tied the bows on the aprons, your special touch and eye is so evident in everything you work on. I love the links for where you purchased the white trees and how to get the patterns. That is a very helpful detail that illustrates the professional approach you bring to everything you do.This is a great blog!

Sarah said...

Laura, your little spring village is adorable. I'm impressed that you created these over the weekend.
Thanks for sharing the patterns and links. I know I won't be creating these, but will share with others.

Kim said...

Oh my goodness...these are just the sweetest and the colors are absolutely enchanting!!

Susan Freeman said...

These are super, super cute! I have to make some asap!!! Thanks so much for the enchanting inspiration.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

martinealison said...

Bonjour chère amie,

J'aimerais être toute petite, ainsi je pourrais vivre dans l'une de ces adorables petites maisons aux couleurs scintillantes.
Elles sont toutes fantastiques. Quelle ingénieuse idée ! Merci pour le pas à pas pour les obtenir avec amour.

Je vous remercie pour votre très gentil commentaire laissé sur mon blog. J'accepte volontiers que mon billet soit relié sur Thursday. Comment dois-je faire ?

Gros bisous à vous ♡

Andrea Nine said...

You are sooooo talented!! Just LOVE these. They made me smile!!!

Botanic Bleu said...

I love all your glittered houses painted such great colors. The bottle trees are just the best. This project looks so much fun!


GSGreatEscaper said...

Laura these are so inspiring, when I get home I hope to have time to make an Easter putz house before Easter gets here! It's coming fast!

Curtains in My Tree said...

Oh How cute and creative
love the little sweet houses and the Easter colored bottle brush trees

Linda said...

Those are adorable, Laura!! I love the putz houses so much. Maybe I'll create some one year, but not in the creating mood right now; appreciated your idea though.

Eilis said...

These couldn't be cuter, Laura. I will have to dust of my Silhouette and give this a try!

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

These go beyond darling, they are pure Art and enchanting!

Leslie Anne Tarabella said...

Who wouldn't want to live in a house made of pink glitter! Just adorable!

Laura said...

How pretty Laura.
I love the colors you chose and I love bottle brush trees!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh Laura, these little Easter houses are sooooo adorable! Thank you for all the information and tips. I didn't know there were patterns for them. I would have such fun making these with my grands.

Gypsy Heart said...

These are gorgeous! Of course, I love anything with glitter. :) You did such a beautiful job on them. I honestly don't have the patience right now and admire your tenacity. Those aprons are treasures!


Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

As one who purchased one of your glitter Christmas ornaments, I can't help but fall in love with this group of tiny glitter houses! I love the one with the sheep best:) Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! xo Kathleen said...

So very cute. You really have crafting patience for sure!!

Jeanie said...

These are the cutest things I've ever seen and I'm pretty darned sure I'm going to try to make my own little village! I adore every single photo and I know your house has to be incredibly cheery because of them! Can you believe Easter is so close?

Katie Mansfield said...

These are just too cute. I love Putz houses at Christmas. How fun to have them for Easter? Your vintage embellishments are just perfection.

Daniela said...

It is true that I know you for so a short time, but I couldn't imagine you to be truly an artist, my sweet friend, I knew you to be very talented in home decorations, but this wonderful little village leave me in awe ... i'm speechless ... thank you so much for sharing it with us !

May your weekend be blessed wit joy and love, dearest Laura,
sending dear hugs to you,
thinking of you with sweetness

Olivia Reinvented said...

This is the cutest little Easter decor I've seen in a long time. Your project turned out beautifully.

Thank you for sharing with us at Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop.

Olivia, co-hostess
Reinvented Collection

Made In a Day said...

The village is so adorable~ How Sweet. Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Pinned & Sharing on G+! Have a great week!