2023 Grand Prize Winner
Gina's Peep Cottage Inn
2022 Grand Prize Winner
Melanie's Chacas Cozy Cottage
Aren't those magical? If you would like even more inspiration, the rest of the 2023 entries may be found here, and the rest of the 2022 entries may be found here.
CONTEST RULES. ENJOY! FUN IS WHAT IT'S ABOUT!
The first day of the contest is March. 1. The contest closes at midnight on March 23. Prize awards will be announced by noon on March 27.
And thanks in advance for entering. This is going to be FUN!
PRIZE LIST FOR THE 2024 MINIATURE EASTER AND SPRING HOUSE CONTEST:
- First place - $100 Amazon gift card
- Second place - $75 Amazon gift card
- Third place - $50 Amazon gift card
- People's Choice award - $25 Amazon gift card
- Whimsical award - $25 Amazon gift card, to a submission that characterizes a more whimsical version of Easter
- Innovation award - $25 Amazon gift card, for the submission with the most novel innovation. That can be part of a house or structure, or it can be an embellishment, or anything else super creative you can think of.
- Kid's award (16 and under) - $25 Amazon gift card
(The Whimsical and Innovation awards will go to submissions that did not win in the top placings category, to expand the winning possibilities.)
I reserve the right to expand prize categories and awards. (For the Christmas Contest in December, I added the following: Most Nostalgic, Most Realistic, Peaceful, Spirit of Christmas and Yummiest Entry ... expect a few special awards similar to these - for things that stand out to me and the judges.)
RULES FOR THE 2024 MINIATURE EASTER AND SPRING HOUSE CONTEST
1. HAVE FUN
Have fun. Really, the entire purpose of this is to have fun and to share the fun. Simply make a house that expresses a Easter or Spring season theme or atmosphere and enjoy the process.
2. NAME YOUR DESIGN
First NAME YOUR DESIGN! This helps the judges (and contest visitors) remember each design. It also adds to the design.
It's much better for those viewing your creation if it has a name. Some of the names of the previous submissions are incredibly creative. Naming your design enhances your submission, and is an avenue of creative expression in its own right.
PLEASE WRITE A SENTENCE OR TWO ABOUT YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS AS WELL, YOUR INSPIRATION AND THE LIKE. MANY PEOPLE REQUEST THIS BECAUSE THEY WANT TO LEARN FROM YOU.
3. THREE WAYS TO ENTER THE 2024 MINIATURE EASTER OR SPRING HOUSE CONTEST
a) Post your house in the Paper Glitter Glue Facebook group with the tag #2024MiniEasterHouse or #2024MiniSpringHouse. Please join this Facebook group so you can enter there. It's the best way to enter. (This is safest to insure your submission is captured without issue.)
b) Email me a photo on or after March 1st. The address is [email protected]. Please include the title 2024 Mini Easter or Spring House in your email title so I can find the photo easily and include it as an official submission.
c) Follow me on Instagram and post your 2024 Easter/Spring house and tag me @lucyf7b on Instagram.
A note about submissions. It often happens that folks share their houses in the Facebook group prior to the beginning of the contest. That is fine, just please remember to either re-post it once the contest opens, or send me an email with a link to the submission. We won't really start scanning for official entries prior to the start of the contest. But the house does have to be made this calendar year.
4. PERMISSION TO POST YOUR HOUSE PHOTO ON MY BLOG AND SOCIAL MEDIA
In submitting your creations, you are giving me permission to post a picture or pictures of your project on my website and social media just like I did for the Easter house contest last year. I love to share your projects because they are all so incredible. This allows all site visitors and guests to see your creations. Our usual convention is to post only first names with the house names.
5. SIZE LIMITATION FOR THE 2024 MINIATURE EASTER OR SPRING HOUSE CONTEST
Here are the size limitations:
Base - no limitation on the base so you can landscape as much as you want, but the size of the house does have limitations
House height - no taller than 10 inches tall
House width - no wider than 10 inches
Depth of the House - no deeper than 8 inches
Villages or small groups of houses are welcome as long as each house is no bigger than the measurements listed above.
Note: It is much harder to take in all the details in one photo. We only choose one photo for the judges to look at. Post as many as you like, but for the judging we only have room to include on photo.
6. USE ANY PATTERN YOU LIKE
For your entries, you can use your own pattern, my patterns, Jackie's patterns from A Cottage in the Forest, Tim Holtz houses, or even a purchased pattern.
7. THE HOUSE MUST BE MADE OF CARDBOARD OR CARD STOCK
Your house needs to be paper-based - made out of cardboard or card stock. No wooden houses. But you can use other materials for the base, landscape, and embellishments.
8. CREATIVITY AND ORIGINALITY ARE EMPHASIZED
Creativity and originality are important and will be emphasized in judging. Hint: Let the fun shine through!
Also creativity in naming your house helps to make it more special. Please tell us a little bit about your house - how you made it, what inspired it, etc. We all love to read about the creative inspiration behind your projects.
9. YOU MAY ENTER UP TO 3 HOUSES, BUT THE HOUSES MUST BE UNIQUE AND CONSTRUCTED IN 2024
Up to three submissions, all of houses created in this calendar year.
10. HOW TO VOTE FOR THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD FOR THIS YEAR'S CONTEST
You will have one vote when you post a comment at the end of this post AFTER ALL THE ENTRIES ARE IN, VOTING STARTS ON MARCH 24TH. And you have another vote on my YouTube channel where we will post a video of all the entries by March 24. Subscribe to get notifications of when we post the contest video. Please note this is intended to be about fun and creativity, not competition. Vote for your choices, but please don't 'stuff the ballot box.'
GET THE KIDS INVOLVED MAKING A MINIATURE EASTER/SPRING HOUSE!
The Spring season is a great family season. We always love to see house submissions from your children (ages 16 & under, and please note their age with the submission). Please allow their creativity to flow. The names of the children's submissions will be placed in a hat and drawn randomly. Those submissions aren't - and should not be - competitive. They should have fun with no other concerns!
Note: Winners in children's submissions will be by random drawing. No creative pressure!
So that is the Easter & Spring House Contest for this year. Whatever you do, enjoy it! Enjoy making your houses and sharing them. That's what it is all about.
For more ideas on making Spring and Easter houses, check these out
One of my best patterns is the Irish Stone Cottage. It is perfect for the spring season. You can add all sorts of seasonal colors and elements to decorate the cottage - little eggs, bunny rabbits, shamrocks, or 4-leaf clovers. Just use your imagination.
This Miniature Irish Stone cottage is made for spring or Easter.
I even made a version in a paper mache egg that definitely sits the Easter theme, though I made it for St. Patrick's day.
Spring Blossom Fairy House definitely fits the bill for this season.
Any of my other main house structures would work as well:
The Habitat house is a great, relatively simple Victorian house - easily modified for Spring or Easter.
The Putz Mansion works well.
And the Front Tower Clockhouse) is another good possibility.
I hope to see your entry starting March 1st.