Hey there! My name is Ariel and I’m the voice behind PMQ for two – I’m all about bright, bold, colourful and eclectic home decor & DIYs. Bold colour? Pattern play like you’ve never seen before? Yup, that’s me! You can view my Christmas house tour // here // my Christmas dinner tablescape // here // and my 6 tips for hosting a rocking Christmas party // here //. Today I have a holiday project that you are going to love!
Although my projects are usually choc-a-bloc full of colours and patterns, the mood struck me to create a more paired-down project with this chinoiserie Christmas putz-style house. If you’re like me, you’ve got a collection of ginger jars and chinoiseries vases somewhere. For the holidays, you can create your own little Christmas house to place amongst them.
DIY Chinoiserie Christmas House Tutorial:
- Paper Mache house
- Americana Acrylic Paint in Primary Blue & Blue Harbour
- White Paint
- Americana Snow-Tex
- Fine-tip paint brushes
- Mini bottle-brush wreaths
Step 1: Prep and paint your house. I painted mine white, but you could easily go for a creme colour or a contrasting blue, and then do the next steps using white.
Step 2: Once the house is dry, using your Primary Blue, start painting vines all around the house and roof. Use swooping and curving motions, much like ivy climbing up a house.
Step 3: Once your vines are placed you add the leaves. These are much simpler to create than they look. You’re essentially doing 4-5 small brushstrokes, one on top of another until it looks like a small feather.
Step 4: Step 3 can take a while, so I like to alternate in doing little dots in clusters around the vines. It helps break-up the monotony of the leaves, while adding another visual element in a complex pattern.
Step 5: When the first coat of steps 3 and 4 are complete, it should look like this.
Step 6: For added dimension and depth to the brushstrokes, using your second blue (Blue Harbour) and a finer-tip brush, go over parts of the leaves and vines to help create contour and shadows.
Step 7: Once the house and its layers of blue are dry, time to add the Snow-Tex! I used my fingers to apply it, and pasted it onto the peaks of the roof and the gables, much like where snow would end up after a fresh dusting.
It takes a few hours to dry, so this is usually the last step before I take a break.
Step 8: Using a hot glue gun, apply your wreaths inside the gables.
Step 9: BONUS – If you’ve got it, using your liquid gold, gild the inside of the windows and doorways. You can even contour the base of the house. It all looks a little more fancy this way.
Once the house was complete I styled it on the shelf in my family room on our newly completed Renter Friendly Built-ins which you can see // here //