Create a Christmas Village of Glittering Mini Houses

Vintage-inspired miniature houses are making a comeback. See what’s on the market.

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Mini Holiday Houses for a Mantel

A Colorful, Glittering Christmas Village

HGTV Magazine found the prettiest mini holiday houses to create a stunning Christmas village in your home.

Photo by: Philip Friedman

Philip Friedman

Before we had elaborate ceramic Christmas villages with miniature ice rinks, lights and moving figurines, putz houses (pronounced pootz) were the star of the season. These little structures, also called “glitter houses” because they’re covered in sparkles, first became popular during the early 1900s. The name comes from the German word “putzen,” meaning “to clean” or “to decorate.” The shimmery houses are back in style, and now you can find all sorts of options to build your own neighborhood.

... Or Make Your Own!

DIY Holiday Glitter Village Houses

The holidays have never sparkled this bright! Make this glam decor using cardboard boxes and a lot of glitter.

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