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Retro Christmas Beads

Filed under Art Projects, Back in Stock, Betsy Skagen, Giveaways, House Ornament Kit, Miniatures, Teri Calia

Cute stuff! Teri Calia has created this fabulous little kit, complete with a mini collage sheet, a small strip of heavyweight clear tranparency for inside the box lids, beads, head pins and seed beads… enough parts to put together THREE boxes of 1:12 scale ornaments!

You'll receive enough glass Czech beads for 3 sets of ornaments (which can also be used to trim a tiny tree). It's up to you if you want to put only red, gold or green in separate boxes, or mix them up like in the sample shown.

Includes printed instructions.

Next up: Another adorable project by Design Team Member Betsy Skagen using the Chipboard House Ornament Kit! (See the wide photo below.)

Long before they were trendy, I treasured my putz houses. As a young girl I took these battered Christmas decorations that my family had abandoned and set up a tiny village. Granted, there were only four or five houses, but I loved them.

I never had the budget to add many authentic putz houses to my collection over the years, but my little village grew nonetheless. Frosted trees and 1940s era cars in a variety of scales joined the village. Mid-century children skating and sledding loomed like giant toddlers about to devour the putz homes.

Perhaps the putz house I most treasure is the one I made this year. I stuck true to the simple mid-century style adorned with lots of glitter.

And Betsy’s includes a tutorial, including how she got that lovely golden glow in the windows, and…:

Add a little Twinklets Diamond Dust to the windows before the paint dries. I just discovered this Diamond Dust, and wooooohoooo do I love it! I want to use it everywhere. I want to sprinkle it on every art project. Heck, I want to sprinkle it on my children in the morning just to make them a little more pleasant. I definitely want to sprinkle it on my husband when he comes home crabby. I am addicted to this stuff like crack. (Since I am too boring to have ever actually tried crack, this is just a baseless simile.)

Ha! Read more (and see that tutorial) in Betsy’s blog. And here’s her Supply List, too.


 Highlights of Today’s New Goodies – ALL on Sale!  

Micro Mini White Kitten
Micro Mini White Kitten

Micro Mini Flamingo
Micro Mini Flamingo

Acrylic Christmas Bead Mix
Acrylic Christmas Bead Mix

1:24 Antique Brick Wall Sheet
1:24 Antique Brick Wall Sheet

Mini Xmas Tree Ornaments Bead Mix
Mini Xmas Tree Ornaments Bead Mix

Retro Xmas Ornament Kit
Retro Xmas Ornament Kit

Mini Christmas Titles Collage Sheet
Mini Christmas Titles Collage Sheet

Playful Christmas 6x6 Paper Pad
Playful Christmas 6×6 Paper Pad

Posted by Leslie, November 13th, 2016

73 responses to “Retro Christmas Beads”

  1. barb macaskill says:

    I would definitely make BOTH of these awesome projects! The tiny ornaments is such an awesome idea and I am definitely going to have to make a few for a scenescape I am planning!!! Thanks for the inspiration and chance to win an awesome prize!! macaskillbarbara @ yahoo .com

  2. barb macaskill says:

    forgot to say congratulations to Denise! Enjoy your prize package!!

  3. Gay Denesse says:

    I made my first Putz houses from cereal boxes. It was labor intensive and time consuming, but so worth it. I love them so much and will pass them down to my family. It’s nice to see more inspiration on this website.

  4. Amy says:

    i love this. each year i make more houses to add to my collection. this one is so charming.

  5. Connie L. says:

    I could really use some Christmas supplies! I’d make a glitter house and box up tiny ornaments for my Christmas display.

  6. Nancy Olsen says:

    The house – maybe gingerbread style – and the ornaments as part of an advent calendar scene.

  7. Barbara Johnson says:

    I would make both!!! I love the little trees and I have some so all I need to do is add the ornaments! andI always wanted to start a collection of putz houses..

  8. Nadine says:

    This will go great in a Christmas scene!

  9. Christina Hilton says:

    I absolutely love the tiny ornaments….they are so cute!!!!

  10. Verna says:

    These are sooooo cute! What great ideas. A house for me using all these wonderful giveaways. Thanks for inspiration.

  11. AM says:

    The houses are such a wonderful tribute to days gone by, and making them again, this act brings them back to the present.

  12. Marilyn Ray says:

    This is too cute. I wouldn’t change a thing

  13. Cheryl Lee says:

    Congrats to Denise! I LOVE the ideas for the little Putz house, and the tiny ornament boxes would go in my dollhouse when decorated for Christmas. Wouldn’t change a thing!! And those retro elves are sooo adorable, I have a set of both already. Too Cute!!

  14. Norita says:

    I would first off make a house! Can’t have enough Christmas houses

  15. Vera Collier says:

    I would do both but love the vintage look ornament box!

  16. Jill says:

    I would first make the ornament boxes. Just bought a glass cloche and thought I’d put a mini xmas tree in it.

  17. Jean Marshall says:

    It would be great to do a project like this–the minute Thanksgiving is over!!!

  18. Wow!! I’d love to win this one. I’m seeing a candyland house or Gingerbread. It my head it is beautiful LOL

  19. Karen says:

    I love this wonderful giveaway! Perfect “accessories” to use for a Christmas fairy that is “armed” with all the goodies to decorate the forest Christmas Tree!

  20. Lou Anne says:

    I love both projects. I’d have to make both. The tiny ornaments was a big surprise and I adore Christmas houses.

  21. Jodi Hippler says:

    These are such great kits and would be so much fun to do! Fingers crossed!!!

  22. Sandra Manring says:

    Bought an old fashioned lamp and want to put a Christmas scene inside and these gift would go perfectly under the tree. ….. can’t wait!!!!

  23. Denise Bryant says:

    I love the tiny ornaments! I have been collecting Christmas mini items for a shadowbox project for a couple of years now. A few are special items that I got from my Mom! The tiny ornaments would be perfect!

  24. jo says:

    Would love to make this little house for my Christmas decorations! So cute! And i love the ornament box – it’s amazing!

  25. Carla says:

    Christmas projects! Love them!

  26. Traci says:

    What a cute tiny ornament box-love it! >^..^<

  27. Diana says:

    Oh yes. I would make both. But I remember boxes of ornaments looking just like yours. The retro is so fun. Thanks for a chance.

  28. Karen says:


  29. Monica Gabehart says:

    I want to make a box of tiny ornaments.

  30. I love these I would love to make a house ornament Thank you

  31. Jen R says:

    I’d try to make both. So cute!

  32. Winnie says:

    Love this! I will be making the houses on boxes to give to guests.

  33. Jenny Bumb says:

    I would definitely make a putz chipboard house. I love making these houses. I try to make them for all holidays. They are so much fun to create.

  34. Kathlene Ford-Walters says:

    I really, really love the trees. I’d definitely have to bling it!

  35. Barbara says:

    SO cute!
    I would make the ornament boxes, and use 2 to decorate the tree in my Christmas living room shadowbox, and the 3rd would go nearby, with a few other decorations, as if they were in the middle of decorating!
    This is going to be fun!

  36. Barbara says:

    By the way, do you know that “putz” is a Yiddish word? You should look it up!

  37. Laural says:

    Putzing around the kitchen for the holidays is what I like best. A retro Christmas kitchen shadow box.

  38. Barb A says:

    What a sweet little house. Would make both!

  39. Luanne Shoup says:

    A box of shinny bright are a must have for my miny tree.

  40. Marilyn Hughes says:

    Beautiful ornaments and house. I’d have to try and make some kind of Christmas-themed house and would make the ornaments to go on a mini tree.

  41. Jennie Ingram says:

    I would do both!

  42. Mary Mac says:

    I would love to make an House ornament.

  43. Jean marmo says:

    I would make a house ornament for my son who is moving to a new house. This is just so cute.

  44. Megan Warren says:

    I love those little ornaments, thanks for the memories. We decorated with them most of my childhood.

  45. Kristie says:

    I would make a puts house with a tea light shining thru the Windows.

  46. Judy Goodwin says:

    I’ve loved Putz houses since I was a child in the 40’s and 50’s and I was lucky to have saved the old ones my Mom had for under our tree. I’ve added to them over the years and have wanted to make some of my own. Love this site.

  47. Dennis L says:

    I would make a winter scene with the house, and make ornaments with the kit.

  48. Rosemarie Grant says:

    I would make both and add them to my room box called “getting ready for Christmas.

  49. Kim Lucak says:

    So fun! Love the little house and ornaments are great!!! Shiny Brite is so vintage – awesome 🙂

  50. Karen says:

    I love Putz house, Christmas, vintage ornaments so I love these giveaways. Great website and blog,by the way.

  51. Aggie Stiefer says:

    I love Christmas and Putz houses!!

  52. Jeanne Kelly says:

    I would make the cutest little house ornament for my Mum!

  53. Ramona says:

    I would definitely make both, these are so in my crafty-gifty wheelhouse – Love!

  54. Kat Cashwell says:

    Love these! I would make both, but would really glitter the house more!

  55. Peggy says:

    Oh I would make both! And those elves are a scream and I love them:)
    I love little houses and shiny brite ornaments. What a wonderful idea. And I saw Nichola’s SUPER little glittery trees. I love Nichola ! I love happy things and these are happy 😊

  56. Carol Slowik says:

    I would make both. Love the “putz house” so much. Mine would be a little more vintage looking. Ooo, maybe even a little log cabin! I love Christmas!

  57. Ray says:

    I want to start my own village. This is a great tutorial

  58. I will make the little Putz houses. I’ve always wanted to make them, a whole village of them really.

  59. Jessica says:

    I’ll make a whole gingerbread village with paperclay additions.

  60. Kay W says:

    Wow! I would love to make a Christmas village.

  61. Karen Mallory says:

    Ha! I am waiting for my house ornament stuff now! Can’t wait to make it. I love the mini ornament box. So cute. I love to make minis too.

  62. Kee Ostler says:

    Two of my favorite things!!! Tiny items and Putz style houses…I would make the tiny ornaments for my Santa’s workshop that I am building, and definitely make the little house in a putz style as well….

  63. Marlene Daniels says:

    Definitely the mini ornament box. Getting ready to make my granddaughter a doll house, and they would look adorable in it.

  64. I love it and would not change a thing.

  65. Mary Gryger says:

    Hooray for vintage Christmas and Shiny Brite boxes. They make me feel young and carefree again!

  66. Cherry Koontz says:

    Expect an order for elves – I have them everywhere – get one and the rest hear the news and just show up!

  67. Nancy E says:

    I can’t choose one. I’d have to make them both. I just love the vintage appeal of them.

  68. Michelle says:

    I love the box of tiny ornaments

  69. Leah Fein says:

    Absolutely a tiny box of retro ornaments

  70. Vicki Liszewski says:

    I would make both. The mini ornaments for my bottle brush tree collection and the chouse would inspire me to use up all of the other stuff I’ve been collecting to make putz houses.

  71. Susan M L says:

    The Shiny Brite box is SOOO cute! Would have to make ornaments! I would use the house kit and other supplies in a shadow box Christmas scene. May have to flock the deer, however.

  72. Sue Pierson says:

    I absolutely love small houses! I would make a small gift box to hold special candies.

  73. Julie Benge says:

    Oh I love the tiny ornaments. I would love to make a Putz house. Hope I win.