At the Dollar Tree, they have these adorable ceramic houses that were for creating a Christmas village vignette. I bought one of each style and spray painted them all white. And then I realized everyone else on the internet was doing the same thing so I couldn't share them as a Christmas project. I decided to make them into a wintery set of houses that can be displayed all throughout the season, not just at Christmas!

Create these glittery winter houses to display all tiner long - only $5 to make!
Create these glittery winter houses to display all Winter long – only $5 to make a set of 5!

These DIY winter cottages cost only a dollar each and need very basic supplies of spray paint, craft paint, and glitter. I made a video on how to make these but my editing software didn't like it so after 8 hours of fighting with the software, I gave up. Which is such a bummer because the video makes it easy. These are pretty simple to make so here's how:

  1. Lightly spray each of the houses with flat white spray paint, making sure to get all angles of the houses. Allow to dry and apply a second coat.
  2. Apply acrylic paint to a scrap of felt. Rub the felt over the houses to apply a light coat of paint. Allow to dry.
  3. Paint glue onto the areas of the house where snow would land. Apply glitter to the houses. Allow to dry.

And that's it! Now you might not be able to find these in your Dollar Tree after the holidays but here are some other ideas of places you can find similar houses:

  • Thrift Stores sometimes sell Christmas items all year long. You can find someone else's cast-offs and spray paint them.
  • Garage Sales and Craig's List are also places to find Christmas Villages people don't want anymore.
  • Sometimes stores have similar villages seasonally for Valentine's Day – they all look the same when painted white!
You can create single houses or make a village, like I did here with a set of 5.
You can create single houses or make a village, like I did here with a set of 5.

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Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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