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Winter Village: Homemade House

Finished with a sprinkling of glitter "snow," this little homemade house is ready to join its neighbors in a shimmering holiday village.


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  • Winter village template
  • Glue stick
  • Chipboard
  • Glassine
  • Craft glue
  • Utility knife
  • Latex primer
  • Tempera or latex house paint
  • Fine glass glitter or fine powder glitter


  1. Step 1

    To create a village house, enlarge one of the templates by 140 percent. For a house ornament, use the template at 100 percent. Cut out the individual template elements, and using a glue stick, lightly affix them, with their printed lines showing, to sheets of chipboard. Cut along the template's solid lines using a utility knife, guiding the blade with a straightedge. Score along the dotted lines. Pull the remains of the template away from the chipboard.

  2. Step 2


    Fold the chipboard pieces so the scored lines are on the outside edges of the folds. Cut rectangles of glassine to about 1/2 inch larger than the window holes on all sides, and glue them to the inside walls. Lay a bead of craft glue along each tab, and join the tabs to their adjacent surfaces. Assemble steeple, vestibule, or any dormers, and apply. Leave the door panel unattached.

  3. Step 3


    Prime the house, outside and in, with latex primer. (The inside must be primed to prevent the cardboard from bowing.) Keep the primer off the glassine. Let the primer dry completely. Use tempera or latex house paint for the finish coat. Paint the house (exterior only) and the door panel. Let dry. Attach the door panel. Paint a little snow -- using white paint -- along roof peaks. Let dry.

  4. Step 4

    Brush craft glue along the white-painted snowy ridges. Using a spoon, sprinkle with opaque white glitter. Let dry. Coat the remaining surfaces of the house (excluding windows) with craft glue. Sprinkle with a fine glass glitter or fine powder glitter.

Martha Stewart Living, December 2000

Reviews (8)

  • sbergeron00 14 Nov, 2012

    Fun Village Project! The templates are still available as I just downloaded them this afternoon. :) They open as an adobe acrobat pdf file. Make sure you allow downloads.

  • hola16 10 Nov, 2012

    The template is no longer available :(

  • nutz4labs 4 Nov, 2012

    How do you get the enlargement to print?? I enlarge it, but when it prints, it is still small. I've tried enlarging them 140%, 170%, and 200%, but it still prints out small. If anyone knows, please inform me. Thanks.

  • 4EverMe1 10 Dec, 2011

    Okay, forgive me. I tried again to make these houses and the 2nd time they came out so beautiful! I made the steeple AND the house. (For the steeple I used 90 lb paper which was easier to cut.) Both looked just like the picture! It's takes time and patience to cut them out on the pressboard but the effort you put in really pays off. I still didn't have the wreath for the door but I made my own. I was so pleased with them, I will give them as Christmas gifts! Thank you to the creator!

  • 4EverMe1 11 Nov, 2011

    I made the small house and it looked nothing like the picture. My roof was sideways so I could not attach the top window. I had no attachments for the door or the Christmas wreath on the door. Very disappointing. .

  • nokcarin 10 Nov, 2009

    Yes, tha attachments are very frustrating! Mine didn't glue on. The chipboard was too heavy, didn't fold well and didn't glue on as a result.

  • KDBee46 5 Feb, 2009

    yes, the attachments are very frustrating. I made one house. I have no desire to make any more.

  • mishamichelle 28 Sep, 2008

    The directions don't tell you what weight of chip board to use-I used the second heaviest and found it very hard to make the attachments. For the rest of my village I will use the lightest chip board-after it is primed they are perfectly durable. Also, the large house template is tiny-next time I will enlarge the large house template to 180 and keep the 140 enlargement for the smaller houses