GET CRAFTY: DIY Glitter Christmas Houses

Christmas is coming and I'm so excited!
I love this time of year, it's so busy and cozy all at the same time.
One thing I love most about Christmas is being able to decorate my home with all of our favourite decorations. Some are old, some are new, some I've bought and some I've handmade. My absolute favourite decoration for this time of year are my beloved glitter houses.These adorably whimsical miniature houses make me feel so happy and I'm sharing with you how you can make your own glitter houses for your home or for a special gift to give.

The supplies you'll need for this project are:

- one Putz style cardboard house
I purchased these miniature pre-assembled houses from Little Village Houses on etsy

- assorted acrylic paints in your favourite colours.

- hot glue gun and glue
(find at Michael's or Walmart)

- beads and assorted decorations for your house & trees

- miniature bristle brush trees
(I purchased the Celebrate It brand from Michael's) 

- transparent paper 
(I found some in the scrapbook paper section of Michael's)
Step 1: Paint your house. Make sure to paint the entire surface, including underneath the roof etc. so that none of the original cardboard colour shows. Paint your fencing and the base for your house as well. You shouldn't need more than 2 coats for this step and the paint will dry quickly on the cardboard.

Step 2: Take your transparent paper and measure the sizes you'll need to cut for your windows. Now you can cut and glue the paper to the inside of your house and cover all of the windows on your house with crafting glue. You can find the paper in the scrapbook section of any craft store. This will give a nice glow for your lights/battery operated candle (no real flames please!!).

Step 3: Take your glue gun and glue your house to the base. Make sure to place it properly onto the base and to leave room for your fence and any decorations like trees, etc. that you will be adding later on.

Step 4: Glue your fence to the base. Make sure to hold up the fence while the glue cools to make sure that it won't fall or lean. (approx 5- 10 seconds)

Step 5: Decorate!! This is where it gets even more fun! You can add all sorts of cute decorations to your house. Wreaths, trees, garland, a mailbox, presents, a snowman, an old fashioned car, a deer, and whatever you can imagine! I usually go to Michael's and shop from their Merry Minis collection from the Celebrate It brand. You can also look for anything in the miniature dollhouse sections of any craft or hobby shop. Use your hot glue gun to add all of these special elements to your house and please let your imagination go wild!

Step 6: Add snow to your house with some Snow-Tex. I like to take a seperate container, and mix some Snow-Tex with a small amount of water. This will make it easier to add the snow to your house. Take a rounded paint brush and dab the snow onto your house. Don't forget to add to the trees, fence and chimney!

Once you've finsihed decorating your house, you're ready for the final step. GLITTER!!

Step 7: Take your house, spray adhesive, glitter and some newspaper outside. Place your house onto the newspaper and spray your house in sections making sure to follow the directions of your spray ahesive. Spray one section and sprinkle glitter onto the area where you have applied the glue. I like to do it in 4 parts, front, back and each side. Make sure to cover every inch of your house with glitter and shake it around to get any loose glitter off of your house. 

That's it! So easy and so much fun to create, I absolutely adore these pretty, sparkly houses! You can create an entire village if you want like I do too. Here is a little look at some of the houses (and trees) that I've created. The larger purple and pink houses were made using Melissa Frances house kits. These are very labour intensive and take a lot of time and fine details to create. I really recommend these houses as well for a fun craft DIY to do. When making the Melissa Frances houses, make sure to paint each component first before gluing them together. 

I hope you had fun creating your DIY Glitter House, and I'd love to see your creations! 
Tag us on Instagram with #BrooklynDesigns #bdcrafty so we can see what you made.

Check out our other DIY projects here, here and here, and stay tuned for a cute DIY bottle brush project next week.

BROOKLYN STYLE: Long Cardigans & Labradorite

Fall has most definitely arrived, and I for one couldn't be happier!
This is probably my favourite season. I love the crisp fresh air, that slight scent of a bonfire and of course those gorgeous Autumn colour leaves.

But most of all I love Fall fashion.

One trend I'm loving right now is the return of the long cardigan. I found this cozy pumpkin spice coloured cardigan at Loft. This colour instantly drew me in and could easily become a great transition piece in the Spring as well. The warm tones of this sweater contrast nicely with the cool, earthiness of our Labradorite jewels. 

I dressed our model in my favourite Labradorite jewels from our collection including one of my faves, our Monica necklace. Monica is an easy necklace that you can wear everyday for a signature look, or layer up with your other Brooklyn faves like I've styled our model here.
 If you haven't seen a Labradorite gemstone before, it is a must see. Beautiful flashes of fire glow within these semi-precious gemstones, in a natural and imperfect way, and the earthy grey colour is make them perfect to wear year round.

We want to see your Brooklyn Designs fall style!
Take a pic of yourself wearing your faves & tag us on Instagram with #BrooklynDesigns and share your fall fashion with us.

GET CRAFTY: Halloween Glitter Skull

I'm not one to decorate for Halloween, but when Micaela and I were coming up with ideas for our crafting series we had to include this spooky night. What better way than with a chic and sparkly, creepy black skull!

The supplies you'll need for this project are:

- one skull for crafting ( we purchased ours at Michaels)

- one black acrylic paint 

- one dark grey acrylic paint

- sponge painting brush

- glitter, crystals, pearls, etc. for decoration

- crafting glue
 (try for one that is non-toxic so that the fumes don't both you) 

Step 1: Mix the black and dark grey acrylic paints together to create a very dark smoky grey. Paint the entire outside surface and inside surface of the skull, making sure to not leave any of the white showing. Let your skull dry completely before moving onto step 2.

Step 2: Take your glitter, crystals, pearls, etc. and start gluing them onto the surface of your skull. This is when it gets fun!! You can create whatever you like with your skull. You can choose an assortment of colours and textures to add to it. If you like a monocromatic look like I chose, make sure all of your adornments match before you start gluing. You might have to do the gluing in steps to allow for the crystals to properly dry and to create layers as well.

Here are some pics of Micaela's skull and mine as well. This was really fun! I love how Micaela has the gems dripping down it's face and inside the cracks in the skull. This is a great craft project for you to do for yourself (no kids if you don't want to!!) or even with your tweens and teens.

Once you've finished your skull you can place it on your mantel, or favourite reading corner for a spooky, yet chic Halloween treat.

We want to see your finished projects! Tag us on INSTAGRAM with #BrooklynDesigns #bdcrafty and show us your amazing creations! 
Want to get even more crafty with us? Check out our Botanical Wall Art project and look for more Get Crafty projects coming up.

BROOKLYN STYLE: The Updated Bar Necklace

The Bar necklace has become a style staple in our collection, and this season we've added a new twist (or bend!) with our Florence chevron necklaces. Made with hammered Chevron pendants, our Florence necklaces are available in 2 sizes and lengths that make for the perfect layering pieces.

 Whether you wear your Florence necklace alone, or layered with your other beloved necklaces, it's sure to quickly become a favourite to wear.

Don't forget to mix your shapes, textures and even metals for a modern personalized look. Are you more of a minimal dresser? Pair our large Florence necklace with your favourite button up and let it peek out just under your collar. 

BROOKLYN IN THE CITY: Halloween Edition

 {Guest blogger Micaela Armstrong}

Vancouver is experiencing the first hints of Fall - yellow leaves, crisp air and pumpkin spice lattes. Along with Thanksgiving here in Canada, October is (obviously) best known for the world's spookiest celebration - Halloween! The Lower Mainland has plenty to offer this month for those of you who enjoy prolonging the Halloween celebration. It doesn't all have to be solely about October 31st! From kid-friendly to not-so-kid-friendly, I've got a handful of places and events that you can check out for Halloween.

1.) Port Kells Pumpkin Patch: First step to celebrating Halloween - don't forget the pumpkin! Port Kells Nurseries in Surrey is a great place to go with the family this season. Admission is free, and so is access to hay rides, the haunted house and the hay maze (just to name a few!) Pick out the perfect pumpkin, get your face painted, and eat lunch at the cafe all in one afternoon. Open everyday until October 31st from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, check out their website for more details.

2.) Fright Nights at the PNE: This event may not be for everyone. Fright Nights are aptly named and are not for the faint of heart! Besides live entertainment, there are seven haunted houses and fifteen rides to enjoy. Experience the thrill for yourself! Admission starts at $22.00 and is available online, at 7-Eleven, or at the gate.

3.) Burnaby's Haunted Village: For something a little more kid-friendly, take the family to The Haunted Village at Burnaby Village Museum. It runs from 6:00-9:00 pm, October 28th to October 30th. The kiddos can trick-or-treat, show off their costumes, and take a ride on the carousel! Admission for adults is $14.00, and admission for kids is just $9.00. 

4.) Halloween Costume Ball: This event, held at Science World, is 19+ only. With two floors of music, licensed bars, and six performers and DJs, over 1000 people will be in attendance for the biggest Halloween bash of the year! You can buy your tickets online for $60.00 plus tax. Join the party from 9:00 pm - 2:00 am!

5.) Stanley Park Ghost Train: Not to be missed is one of Vancouver's most beloved and popular attractions - the Stanley Park Train! Every October, you can enjoy a different theme on the Halloween train - this year's theme being Horror Classics. Running now until November 1st, you can ride the train any day of the week! If you'd like a less scary experience for the kids, feel free to take them to a matinee ride Friday to Sunday afternoons. Tickets and ticket prices are available online. You can purchase them ahead of time online, or buy them at the gate!

With all that's happening for Halloween this year in the Lower Mainland, you can be sure to find an event you'll enjoy!


Micaela Armstrong is Executive Assistant at Brooklyn Designs and a part-time student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

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