Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Putz glitter houses

I recently found a traditional American Christmas ornament: the putz glitter houses which are made from cardboard and glitter. They became popular in the beginning of the twentieth century. After World War II, several Japanese companies started mass-producing cardboard or paper houses, churches, and other buildings. These small buildings usually had holes in the back or the bottom through which Christmas lights were placed to provide illumination. The buildings had tiny colored cellophane windows and were decorated with mica-dusted roofs to give the appearance of snow. Since these buildings were made of inexpensive material and were widely available throughout the United States, they became a very popular Christmas decoration. You can find vintage ones on ebay. Aren't they soooo lovely and kitschy and Christmassy?

Did you know that "putz" is a German word for decoration?

The putz glitter houses are looking so cute. I'd like to make some myself. 
You can find patterns on the internet.
Have a colourful glittery day!
Miss Maple


  1. I have never seen or heard of these before! Very cute and very kitsch! xxx

  2. These are so, so wonderfully pretty. I've always been a fan of glitter and sparkles, and would absolutely love to find one of these endlessly charming little Christmas houses myself one day, too.

    ♥ Jessica

  3. These are superbly kitsch. Perhaps I could make one. Thanks for sharing! X


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