This church was bought at Salvation Army for $2.99. It could be placed into your holiday putz as is, but why not spruce up the church to give it that old time colonial feel with very little money. Here is how to do that.


White pine board cut to size

Snow babies or other clay figures


Acrylic Paints


Paint brushes


String of Christmas lights

Mica/Diamond Dust Glitter mix

Duct tape

Hot glue gun

Aleene's Tacky Glue

Two strips of wood

  1. Glue the church to the white pine board which was cut to size using a hot glue gun. Glue two strips of wood to the sides of the church and the pine board. This will give added strength. These will be covered with Sculptamold.

  2. Paint the church steeple and roof black or any other acrylic paint of your choice

  3. Paint a deck with acrylic paints.

  4. Make a snow base out of Sculptamold and spread on the base with a knife. Also, spread the Sculptamold to the steeple and the roof.

  5. Make a snowman from the Sculptamold.

  6. Glue the snow babies, skiers, and snowman to the base using a hot glue gun. One of the skiers was missing a hand. This also can be molded from Sculptamold.

  7. Put Sculptamold around the base of all your figures.

  8. Brush glue on all areas to to receive mica/diamond dust glitter mix with a brush and Aleene's Tacky Glue.

  9. Sprinkle the areas with mica/diamond dust glitter mix. You could also use a shaker if you wish.

  10. Put a string of lights on the inside of the church using duct tape. Make sure they are low wattage so it doesn't get hot inside the church.

Putzes Picture
Putzes Picture
Putzes - The strips of wood are visible to the left and right of the church
The strips of wood are visible to the left and right of the church
Putzes Picture
Putzes Picture
Putzes Picture

The entire project cost no more than $20 to assemble. It is now ready to put into your putz scene. This design was graciously submitted by Carol Wright.

Source: Research & text by Bryan Wright; Church How-To by Carol Wright

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