I was very ambitious with my Easter crafting this year–I know that with a baby on the way my crafting days are severely numbered! I had planned on making an entire Easter village but only got around to this one house. I have been IN LOVE with the vintage Christmas glitter houses that were so popular in the 1920’s through 50’s and made popular again by Martha Stewart back in 2004. I had wanted to make a Christmas glitter house village but never got around to it and figured I could use Easter as a good prep and trial run.
I didn’t use any intricate patterns or techniques (although you can find plenty of those online), just an old tofu sausage box from Trader Joe’s, a ruler and a pen! This is an excellent recycling craft and fun to make with your 7-and-up kids! I use a lot of the same materials as the mini Easter basket tutorial, so if you order the bunnies from Hobby Lobby you can put them to good use!
EASTER VILLAGE HOUSE:
- 2 cereal boxes (or other small cardboard boxes) try finding ones that have white cardboard on the insides
- white craft glue (I use Elmer’s All Purpose)
- acrylic paints
- small paint brushes
- Easter grass (I prefer paper)
- Coarse crystal glitter (find it in the Martha isle at Michael’s)
- wooden picket fence (found this at Jo Anns for $3.99)
- Glue Dots
- scrapbooking paper (for door and chimney)
- stickers or other embellishments for decorating
- colored string (for garland)
- flocked miniature bunnies from Hobby Lobby
- miniature plastic eggs (I found these on eBay)
- paper boarder punch (for roof trimming)
- Carefully unfold your cardboard box, making sure to keep the seam as clean as possible. Fold the box with the wrong sides out and score the folds to make sure it stays crisp. Note: to “score” a fold just use your ruler and the back of a pen and press down hard along the length of the fold.
- Use your ruler and mark the point of your roof on the larger panel of your unfolded cardboard box (there will be two larger panels and two smaller panels). I made my house about 4 1/2 inches high. Just mark a dot on the middle of the two larger panels–these will serve as the peaks of your roof. On the smaller panels draw a line across the top at about 2 1/2 inches. Now take your ruler and connect each of the dots to the corresponding lines on each smaller panel–and you have the pitch of the roof! Take your pen and draw out flaps that you will fold under and use to help glue the roof to the top of your house and your bottom of the house to the base.
- I used the excess length of box from the smaller panels to serve as my roof panels. I made them extra long so there was a cute and dramatic overhang to the roof. Using your other cardboard box cut out a base for your house. I used a square piece that was about 6 by 6 inches. I also created a little elevated porch with my other cardboard box. Simply keep the piece of cardboard flat while you draw out the dimensions and then score your folds (make sure you leave flaps for gluing in place).
- Cut out all of your pieces and begin gluing. Start with the house and glue the original box seam into place (now with the box design facing in). Use a small paintbrush to coat the glue evenly. You may need to use chip clips or clothespins to keep the seam in place as the glue dries. Allow at least 4 hours for each component to dry. After the body of the house is glued in place, glue the roof panels on.
- While the pieces are drying begin to paint the base of your house, this will be your Easter grass yard. Use an acrylic paint that is the same color as your Easter grass; allow to dry. If you are using an elevated step at the door, paint that piece after its form has been glued and dried.
- NOTE: If you are using traditional brown cardboard boxes make sure to apply 1-2 coats of plain white acrylic paint before you paint on your desired color. Paint your house and allow to dry before gluing it onto the base.
- Glue your painted and dried house onto the painted and dried yard-base. If you will be using the wooden picket fence, now is the time to apply it. Simply bend the length of the fence so it goes around the boarder of your base, leave some room in front of the fence for eggs to be added later. After you have bent the fence into your desired shape, snip off any excess part of the fence with scissors and bend the excess wire back for safety. Take your Glue Dots and apply 2-3 on each picket, press into place on your base. Repeat until all the pickets are secured on the base.
- Next, apply your Easter grass. I cut my grass into smaller pieces to fit the scale of the house, this also makes the grass easier to apply. Use your white craft glue and drizzle over a section of your base; sprinkle with bits of Easter grass. Repeat until the entire yard is covered in grass.
- Using your cardstock, create a small door for your house. Make a simple chimney by folding a piece of cardstock four times at an inch each fold. On the last fold draw out a flap to glue in place. Next take the pitch of your roof and draw a corresponding line on two of your chimney panels (the ones that will be facing out). Then measure the other two panels and cut accordingly (leaving a flap for gluing). Glue the door and chimney in place; allow time to dry. Glue on front step if desired.
- Using your white craft glue and small brush, brush a layer of glue onto the top of your painted roof. Sprinkle with coarse crystal glitter and allow to fully dry. Add any stickers or other decorations to the facade of the house as you desire. I made the front “Easter” garland with a set of Easter stickers and some twine I found at the craft store. I also put a flower sticker (from Martha Stewart) on the peak of the roof. Another option is to use coordinating carstock and a paper punch boarder to add a trimming to the roof.
- The final step is to use the glue dots to secure the flocked bunnies in place in front of the house. You can also glue the mini eggs down with regular craft glue, for notes on how to glitter-coat the mini eggs please see directions here.
I hope to be adding to my Easter village each year and with the flocked bunnies coming in green, blue, white and purple too you can have a candy-colored confectionery Easter village in no time!