504 Main by Holly Lefevre: Spring Glitter Cottage from Sew Can Do
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Monday, April 23, 2012

Spring Glitter Cottage from Sew Can Do

Happy Monday!
I am getting ready for a very cool trip to New York
...and so I have another AWESOME guest for you,
with a super cute project!
Hi Everyone!  I'm Cheryl from Sew Can Do and I'm excited to be visiting with a tutorial of mine here at 504 Main.  I'm a self-taught crafter and designer who loves making all sort of things.  I learned to sew just a few years ago and I share my crafting adventures, tutorials and project ideas on my blog: 
I also host a weekly link party called Craftastic Monday, where people can link up their latest crafty creations and discover other fantastic, creative blogs.  Now how about we get to today's crafting fun?

How To Make A Spring Glitter Cottage!!

At Christmastime last year I discovered the magic of glitter houses and fell in love with how magical and pretty they looked.  And it was surprising how easy and inexpensive it is to make them.  All the materials can be found at the local craft store.  I made my first one gingerbread-style for our holiday mantle and was hooked.
And since I love seeing pretty things all year long, I started making them for other seasons & holidays too.
So now that it is spring, it seemed the right time to make a spring-themed glitter cottage to celebrate some of the season indoors. 
Here's how you can make one too - 
You'll Need:
- Small wooden or cardboard house/birdhouse (From Joann's was just $1)
- Acrylic craft paint
- Clear German Glass Glitter (I order mine online from Sugar Pink Boutique)
- Ribbons (textured & colorful work best)
- Assorted beads (I used inexpensive plastic ones from Michael's)
- Mod Podge
- Hot glue gun
- Foam brush
- tweezers

First start with two coats of acrylic craft paint on the house.  I used grass green as the main part of the house & top, sky blue for the roof & base and white for the trim.  Give about 10 minutes to fully dry.
Next apply a very thin coat of Mod Podge, a section at a time (since it dries fast):

Sprinkle the glitter on until you get your desired level of sparkle and shake off the excess.  Any clear glitter will work, but German glass glitter gives a lovely, textured, "sugary" look you just can't get with plain craft store glitter.  Definitely adds that special something:

I added a border trim to the roof using yellow velvet ribbon.  I applied it with hot glue, doing one a side at a time so it was easily to get the placement on the edge just right.

I clipped two butterflies from some shaped ribbon and glue that on the center of the trim to cover where the ribbon ends meet on the front and back.  

I did the same with some pink puffed satin tulip ribbon to go along the bottom of each side for some garden accents.

Once all sides and roof are done & dry (about 10 minutes), I carefully applied the round blue beads around the opening with a hot glue gun, one dab at a time using tweezers.  

Then I used hot glue to individually add the shaped flower beads along the edge of the roof.  Since the glue comes up through the holes in the center of the beads, I used tweezers to add a seed bead to each one so it covers the hole and adds some extra detail.  

Now the glitter house is ready to add a little spring to the room!

Thanks so much for letting me stop by Holly!
Thank you Cheryl!
What a cute project!
I know my kiddos would love this (and me too!)
Now head on over and tell Cheryl hi!


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  1. I LOVE Cheryl's tutorial she is so talented and sweet! These cottages are just yummy I want to eat them thank you for this lovely post it's very inspiring. Thank you for mentioning my shop too what a treat! God bless, Jennifer

  2. what a sweet little birdhouse!! Cheryl is so talented!! I just love everything she does!

  3. What a sweet little house!


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