Friday, May 22, 2015

More Glitterhouses

You may be wondering why I am making so many Halloween glitter houses. Well, first I mostly want to make houses. I find it an incredibly fun endeavor. So I had to come up with a reason to make them without filling up my already too cluttered home with more craft items. My idea - make them to sell to support our Head Start school at Christmas. Every Christmas the hospital department where I work provides Christmas for about 140+ students at a school. It is a blast getting gifts for these kids and then seeing the Christmas show they put on for us each year. Last year we had some trouble finding enough people to cover all the children. I think if we sell these Halloween houses before the Christmas crazy rush, it may be easier to make some extra money and make sure we can fulfill the Christmas wish list.

Ok, now you know the why, here are some examples of the next generation of little Halloween glitter houses. These are (almost) all my designs - drafted by hand the old fashioned way with a ruler, a pencil, and graph paper. Most of these are not really decorated yet. They will get a base, some glitter, and some halloween decorations later.

Brenda Walton Sizzix special order die called "Country Cottage". I thought it was a little bland so I made a "book" (which doesn't open) as the base. I will decorate it with some kind of spooky title.  It looks pretty good. I made the pumpkins and mouse out of Sculpey clay and the tree is a Tim Holtz spooky tree die which is retired and was very hard to find.

I call this house - 3 Gable Gothic. I wanted the gables to be exaggerated to have a gothic look. Pretty happy with this design. I used purple tissue paper in the windows to let the light from an LED tea light through.

This is 5 Gable Gothic. I like it much better. It is one of my best designs. For the window panes I started using the clear hard plastic which a lot of products are wrapped in. You know the kind that it's almost impossible to open. You have to get scissors to cut the edge open and then you cut yourself. It really lets the LED tea lights shine through.

Below is Bat Wing Gothic. It took a long time and is kind of design fail. I couldn't get it to look enough like a bat. But I think when it is decorated it will be acceptable.

Another slight design fail because I made this one too pretty. I needs to be "spooked up" somehow. I don't have a good name for this house. The idea for this house came from the Cardboard Christmas website dedicated to glitter houses. The link is included here. I've since painted the base so it looks like rocks which helps some. I never can seem to center the doors very well. (Addendum - I think I will add a black vine with tiny black tissue paper roses or something like that to make it look more like halloween.)

The next house below is a modification of the above design which works much better. 

I really like how the shingles came out. There is a hole at the top of the roof to put a moon and a witch or a bat on wire there. 

I have one more that I don't have a picture of. It is my current masterpiece. Maybe I will post it later today or tomorrow. I am very pleased with this next one.

1 comment:

  1. So awesome! What a great idea for a fund raiser!