One question I often hear, "What is the best way to apply glitter to a Putz House?" In other words, how do you apply glitter to make a Putz house shine and come to life?
Here's the easy method I use to apply a beautiful layer of glitter to a Putz house. The house pattern is one of my favorites in my book "Create 12 Simply Super Miniature Houses".
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3 Main Types of Glitter for Glittering Putz Houses
Here's an example of Candy Corn Halloween House covered with Diamond Dust Glass Glitter.
Here is an example of translucent glitter made out of a plastic-based glitter. This is the Valentine Candy Corn House.
Here is an example of a colored glitter. See how much more opaque and intense the color is.
And here are the supplies needed for glittering the Putz house.
Materials to Glitter the Putz House
- Painted Putz House
- White Glue - I use Mod Podge
- Coffee filters
- Paper plate
- Stiff Paint brush
- Glitter as listed above
Instructions on How to Glitter a Putz House
- Pour small amount of glue in cup - dilute if necessary
- Paint glue on one side of Putz House
- Hold little cardboard house over paper plate and coffee filter, then sprinkle glitter
- Repeat on the other sides of the house
- Let dry
- Apply glue and glitter to the roof
For more details, read below. And there is even a video if that helps you.
Pour glue in a cup - dilute if necessary
If I use Mod Podge as the glue, I think it is thin enough without diluting it. But you can add a little water if you want to make it slightly more spreadable.
When you use thicker glue like Aleene's Tacky Glue, I do think it helps to dilute the glue with water so it will spread in a nice, thin layer.
Set up a paper plate and coffee filters. The nice thing about using a coffee filter is that the glitter doesn't stick to it very well so when you are done, it's easy to salvage the unused glitter.
Paint the glue on one side of the Putz House
One important thing to remember is to glue and glitter only one side at a time.
Using a small stiff paint brush, dip it into the glue and paint it on one side. Then paint a thin layer on one side of the little house.
Hold House over Coffee Filter and then Sprinkle Glue
Now sprinkle a generous amount of glitter where you painted the glue on. Turn the house in different directions to make sure the glitter gets in every crevice. Shake it off into the coffee filter.
Repeat on the other sides of the house
Do the same thing on the other sides of the house. If you notice that there is an area that you that you missed, don't go over it now. Wait until that side dries, then touch up the area. If you try to fix it when the glue is still wet, you end up with an uneven layer of glue and glitter.
Let the initial layer of glue dry
It is much easier to get a good layer of glitter on the roof, if you wait until the house has been glittered and is dry.
Apply glue and glitter to the roof
Finally, apply glue and glitter to the roof. Then let that area dry. After the roof is dry, then you can touch up any areas on the house. Try to apply small amounts of glue in any areas that weren't covered and then sprinkle those areas with additional glitter.
And that is the way to glitter a Putz house with an even layer of glitter. It does get easier with practice.
If you have any questions, please ask. I will be glad to answer. You can email me at Lucy@paperglitterglue.com