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I know that I have been throwing a lot of holiday stuff your way, but, honestly, I don’t know if any of my decor will survive my toddler, and so I feel like I need to post it while I can. Plus, it is the holidays, and I know that I personally love to see unique and creative decor this time of year. So please allow me to smatter you with a little more holiday cheer.
The year that I made my current Tulle Garland, I also made this really cute winter village. It’s been going pretty strong for the last three years.
Addi has been really giving it a beating this year, but it’s hanging in there. Glitter has been the biggest casualty so far. My whole living room has a subtle sparkle now.
But enough rambling, let’s get right down to the making business. The video above will also give you a good idea of how it’s made.
Cardboard cones in different sizes.
Small x 6
Medium x 2
Large x 1
Textured paint. I used Aleene’s Glitter Snow.
Clear drying glue
Glitter or microbeads
A string of lights
A white piece of felt, or something that resembles snow.
Drill, or anything that will make holes
Sander or sandpaper
Here are the products that I either used, or were the closest to what I used.
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Take your biggest cones, which will be your
“mountains,” and drill holes in them. My holes
are various sizes.
Also, if your little cones, the “trees,” will have
bigger lights that won’t fit through the top, then
you will need to cut a slit in them. However,
you could always use little lights and then you
would just need to snip off the top and push the
Gently, sand it all smooth.
Start with the holes. Wrap your drill bit, or anything that will fit in the holes, with sandpaper, and smooth out the inside first.
After that is done, sand the outside.
Paint your mountains and trees your base colors. I used cheap acrylics. It will probably take more than one coat of paint, but it goes quickly.
You can add the texture to the top of the
mountains now, or later. But all you have to do
is dab the product at the tippy top of your
cones. You might have to do a few layers, letting
it dry between.
Paint some clear glue on any pieces that you want to add glitter to. Make sure that you have something like a mat, tray, or paper underneath.
Believe me, you don’t want that glitter running free in your home. It will be years before you can get it all.
While the glue is still wet sprinkle the glitter on your cones.
Side note: My mother sends me stuff with glitter every year, for almost all the major holidays.
Sometimes, I think she might be passively glitter-aggressively trying to send me a message…lol.
Once everything is dry, cover it all with at least one layer of clear glue. I used Modge Podge and a foam brush, but regular glue and a paintbrush will absolutely work. Be gentle, and do the glitter pieces last so you don’t glitterify the other pieces. I used three layers of Modge Podge as a sealer.
You are almost done!
Place your little village on felt or whatever you’ve chosen as your snow. If you used a sheet of felt, you can cut holes where you want the lights to come through. Just place the cones where you want them and then mark where to cut the holes. Now you can run the lights under the felt for a more finished look. A fluffy layer of fake snow on top of the felt, makes it look much nicer. I actually used a pack of Halloween cobwebs as my snow, and dusted it with faux powdered snow.
I later regretted using the powdered stuff. It’s really sticky and never comes out.
For the last few years, I have put in the effort to dress up the base of my mountains and trees. Fake snow, perfectly placed accent decor, I even bought stuff to make an entire miniatures scene.
This year, I feel like the felt is just fine. I totally don’t have the motivation to build any kind of “scenes.”
If you feel like your holiday village base is a little lacking, but don’t actually care enough to make an extravagant base, I feel you. We can be felt buddies together.
So, go make some mountains! And please tag me on Instagram at #artgamy so I can see too!
Also, one quick question… I tried a graphic for my header this time. What do y’all think? Do you like my other header better with the title and image, or do you like this one better? Please drop me a comment and let me know.