I have made you wait long enough, so I thought I would conclude this project before 2010 came to an end.
As you will see I have not designed the doors and windows for the Martha houses, but am hoping you can just tweak your houses to use some of the door and windows patterns I have previously posted.
Step no. 6: That is the step where you insert your paper windows and doors. It's obvious that you print, cut and paste them into the openings... no need to expand on that step.
Step no. 7a: This step involves cutting a base for your houses. I decided not to make a raised base for a couple of reasons. Reason (and/or excuse) 1. because I bought some vintage putz homes as my Christmas present and the majority of the raised bases (although supported underneath) still seem to fail, crush and fall apart with age. Reason no. 2, because it's more time than I want to spend making bases.
I should mention that my bases are all uniform in size. I randomly chose 5.0 inches by 3.5 inches because that looked good to me and provide enough space around each house for fencing and landscaping.
Step no. 7b: Cut and glue your fences. In order to do this I used cardboard and a Martha Stewart scalloped edge cutter. Length and height is up to you. You do not have to make scalloped edges, you can make them straight... I just thought this was prettier.
Step no. 8: Adding in bottle brush trees. In my case I am still waiting for my miniature bottle brush trees to arrive, so I opted to use vintage chenille bump instead, in a pale green colour. You can find vintage chenille bump on both eBay and Etsy. This is large, lush bump, not the small stuff you can get at a local crafts store. I love buying vintage chenille bump from Cass at Paper Tales on Etsy, just click on the links to visit her store.
To insert the trees I simply poked a hole in the cardboard base, added a dab of glue around the hole and pulled a piece of bump through to the desired height with some pliers. Let the glue dry and trim off the excess chenille bump from below the base.
Step no. 9: The final stage is to add more glitter. I will be adding some to the fences (exterior only), and perhaps the trees as well. As for the snowy, glistening look on the ground, my glitter of choice this time around is again made by Martha Stewart. It's fine grade glitter, "crystal" is my colour choice because it sparkles more than the carrara marble (white) coloured glitter.
I have not taken a picture of the completed houses, because mine are not completed yet. They will be soon. Aside from that I am hoping to have my husband install some shelving in our living room where I will be able to display my houses along with my newly bought vintage ones sometime in 2011. I'll post a pic next winter to show you how my display looks. I hope this project of sorts was helpful, if not don't shoot the messenger. haha!
p.s. After "tagging" Martha Stewart in a number of these posts I received an email from them on Dec. 20th expressing their gratitude for my referring readers and linking to their website. That was sort of fun :)
Happy New Year to you all! ~ Lori