I have a very cute, simple craft for y'all today. I recently went through the BK drive-thru for breakfast, and I ordered some OJ. It came in an adorable little carton. My mind is always ready to jump at any inkling of a craft idea, so when I saw the carton, I immediately thought, "Christmas house!" I first cut the carton down some so that it was be a bit more "house-like."
I also cute part of the top off so that when I made the roof it would be flat against the top of the carton. I primed the house with gesso and then painted it with antique white paint. I cut pieces from an old book page to cover the house.
I used Mod Podge to apply the book pages to the carton. After that dried, I put a coat of Mod Podge over the entire house to seal it and give it some strength. While that dried, I worked on the roof. I took small popsicle sticks, cut them to fit the roof, and painted them with Martha Stewart metallic paint and glitter paint.
I used hot glue to attach the roof to the carton, which was starting to look more and more like a house.
I wanted my house to have windows and a door. I cut small shapes from scrapbook paper and Mod Podged them to the house. I outlined the windows and door with puff paint.
The paint dried a little wonkity looking. (I think I just made up a word...) To camouflage the wonkitiness, I applied Mod Podge to the puff paint and covered it with glitter.
Since this was going to be an ornament, it needed a hanger. I took some jewelry wire I had sitting around and made a loop. I used a craft knife to poke a little hole in the roof of the house. (The "peak" of the roof was not covered by the popsicle sticks.)
I threaded the wire through the whole and put a blob of hot glue inside to keep the wire from slipping. I wanted to cover the peak of the roof, so I decided to use glitter to make the roof look like it was covered with snow in places. I brushed Mod Podge on the roof where I wanted the "snow" to go.
I covered the Mod Podge with glitter. Then my little Christmas house ornament was complete.
Here is the side of the house.
And here is the little house on my tree.
This was a fun Christmas project, and I love that I was able to recycle something that would have gone in the trash. I have gotten OJ from BK a couple of other mornings in the past two weeks, so I have the supplies to make more houses! In my opinion, Christmas is the best crafting time of the year. :)