December 14, 2018

How to Make A Glitter House From A Candy Box

glitter house made from a candy box

These glitter houses, or putz houses, are so sweet and fun to make, and when a little candy box found it's way into the house I was inspired to transform it.

How to Make a Glitter House From a Candy Box

After I started making glitter houses from patterns, I started to notice the cardboard that came and went from the house in the ordinary course of things. That's when this little leftover Valentine candy box caught my eye. (See below)

What you will need:

A small candy box - or other little box you want to use (see below)
A small piece of extra cardboard - for the roof, a roof over the door, and a base, if desired.
paper, vellum, cellophane or wax paper for windows
acrylic craft paints in your choice of colors
glue (Elmers Glue-all is a good choice but any white glue will work)
glitter (a clear or "crystal" glitter looks good on any paint color)
xacto knife (you can get away with scissors for cutting out the house but an xacto knife makes it easier to cut out the window and light holes)
metal ruler - for use with the xacto knife
paint brushes - for paint and glue

Making the glitter house

Candy box cut to make putz house
Small candy box cut into the house shape

Step One - Open the box carefully and lay it flat.  I used the plain brown inside of the box as the outside of my house.  That way if some of the print on the outside of the box shows through the paint it won't show on the finished house.

Step Two -  Cut a peak for the roof on both the front and back sides of the box as shown in the photo above. To cut the peak, measure across the top of the box to find the center. Make a dot here with a pen or pencil. Then decide how tall you want the roof line to be. Measure along the edge of the front of the box and mark how far down you want the roof line to come.  Then take a ruler and draw a line connecting the center point for the peak and this mark on the the side edge.  This will create the scoring line for the roof. You can see that I have also cut tabs which will be how we glue the roof onto the box. Cut the side of the box level with the bottom point of the roof line on the front and back of the house. Leave a tab if desired. It's optional on the side pieces.

Step Three - Cut out the window holes (and light hole if desired) using the xacto knife

Inside of cardboard putz house
Here is a picture of the plain side of the box.  You can see how I have drawn out the shapes I cut.

Step Four - Score all the fold lines. You can score with the back of the xacto blade, or a non-serrated butter knife, or an embossing tool or bone folder. You don't want to cut, just score. You really only have to score the tabs along the roof line, since the other folds are the natural folds of the box. These tabs are to provide more surface area for the glue to bind to the roof piece.

Step Five - Cut the roof,  a base, if desired, etc., out of the extra cardboard.  The roof needs to be long enough and wide enough to overhang some on each side. This will depend on the size of your box. Start larger and cut it down until you get the size you like.

Step Six - Prime and paint the house (you can prime with white paint. I use gesso) and glue the pieces together. Clothespins or paper clips make good clamps for holding pieces together while they dry. Sometimes I paint the pieces before I put the house together, sometimes after. It's especially helpful to paint the roofs, window frames and doors before you apply them. Let the house dry after painting and after gluing.

paint the pieces for the glitter house
Here are the pieces of the house all painted.

Glue putz house together
Clothespins make great clamps.

Step Seven - Put in the windows. Here is where you will use your vellum, paper, wax paper etc for window panes.  I usually use vellum.  Apply glue to the edges of the vellum and glue it inside the house behind the window holes.  The pic below shows me putting the yellow paper in by reaching in through the bottom of the house.

insert window paper into paper house
Insert the windows

Step Eight - Apply glitter
 Brush one section of the house at a time with glue . . .

Apply glue to card board putz house
Brush on glue. Do one side of the house at a time.

And sprinkle with glitter.

Apply glitter to paper putz house
Sprinkle with glitter. This is the best part!

If you want to use a different glitter for the trim on your house - doors, roof, window frames, etc., glitter them before you glue them to the house. In this case, I am using the same glitter for everything.  Be sure to let the glue and glitter dry before handling the house.

You can glue the bottom of the box back together in order to close it up.

This particular house is quite tiny so I think it will become a tree ornament. But you can glue it to a cardboard base if you like.

And remember - you can use any size box depending on what size house you want to make. There is no end to the styles, details and embellishments you can add so use your imagination and have fun!

Blue and green putz house ornament

Let me know if you make a house. I would love to see it!

Have a creative week!



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