Martha Stewart Inspired Putz House Wreath (on a normal person's budget)

I have loved this wreath from Martha Stewart for a couple of years now and despite this article claiming that putz houses are "easy to find", I have not found that to be true. I finally decided to figure out how to make my own. While I made mine using a cricut file, there is an abundance of tiny houses available pre-made that you can easily get your hands on and decorate. I've linked all the supplies needed at the bottom. 

I did everything assembly line day I cut the houses out, the next day I glued them, the next I attached to squares of cardboard, etc...
I used thick craft glue to glue down trees and deer after the houses were attached. 

Then added faux snow and glitter. Make sure you cover the edges of your cardboard bases. 

Once I was ready to assemble, I fluffed the wreath up and nestled the houses in where I wanted them to go.  I thought gluing them in place would be tricky, but once I had a layout that I likes, I ran a bead of hot glue along the back edge of the cardboard and a big dot at the roofline at the back and nestled them back into their spots.  Then, when I went back to add the snowdrifts I put hot glue on the bottom of the house to make sure the snow would stick there and cover the exposed bottoms. It worked pretty well. 

Then I went back in and fluffed some more and added a string of battery operated lights I got from Target. 

Once I got all the houses and trees glued in, I hung it up. I then used the remainder of my faux snow to frost the wreath a bit. Be sure to use your brush and get into the depths of the wreath to add some dimension. 

The wreath base is from Micheals. Find it HERE
Faux Snow paint found HERE. 
Etsy shop for Cricut house file HERE
Mini Deer found HERE
If you don't have a Cricut or other cutting machine, HERE is a link to several already made varieties that you can paint and decorate too! 

You will also need bottle brush trees in a variety of sizes, fluff of some sort for snow drifts, clear/white glitter, thick white craft glue, cardboard squares for bases and a wreath hanger.

Plan to make one over several days...unless your life allows you several hours of craft time in a row. :) 

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