Can you imagine the little Whos living in this village and singing “Fahoo Fores Dohoo Dores, Welcome Christmas Come this Way”? This whimsical, Miniature Christmas Village reminds me of Whoville. If you’ve always wanted a Christmas Village, but you don’t have the space to display and store it, then take a closer looks at this DIY Christmas Village. It’s small in size, but sweet in the details. Here’s how to make your own Christmas Village.
To make a Miniature Christmas Village, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
- Balls: two 2″; three 1″
- Block, 12″ x 10″ x 1″
- Cones: one 9″ x 4″; two 3″ x 2″
- Disc, 10″ x 1″
- Scrapbook papers in coordinating prints, several sheets
- Embellishments: Brads, star sequins or star beads, and anything else you have on hand
- Crystal glitter in white
- Ultra-fine glitter in pink and lime green
- Glitter glue: black; crystal; orange; pink; green
- Acrylic craft paint in orange
- Paper adhesive
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; deco edge scissors; straight pins; sharp pencil; ruler; serrated knife and candle stub or bar of soap; fine-line permanent marker in black; round wooden toothpicks; foam paintbrush; small round paintbrush; disposable palette, like a paper plate; newspaper or a box lid
To make a Miniature Christmas Village:
1. Cut out the house patterns, and pin them to the foam block. Using the sharp pencil and a ruler, trace around each house, scoring the foam. Wax the serrated knife with an old candle or bar of soap, and then cut out each house.
2. Trace around the front, back and sides of each house onto the scrapbook papers. Cut out, and glue to houses with paper adhesive.
3. Cut the out the following paper strips for the roofs:
- 5” x 1 ½”
- 5 ½” x 1 ½”
- 4 ½” x 1 ½”
- 3 ½” x 1 ½”
- Note: You may find that your actual dimensions will vary, based on the actual sizes of your foam houses. Use these measurements as a starting point.
4. Finish the houses:
- Crease and glue roofs to the tops of the houses.
- Cut doors and windows from contrasting papers, and adhere to houses.
- Add details to roofs, doors and windows with glitter glue.
- Let dry.
5. Glitter trees: Spread glue on 3” cones using a foam brush. Working over newspaper or a box lid, sprinkle cones with lime green glitter. Let dry, and then add details with glitter glue.
- Assemble 1” and 2” balls using wooden toothpicks dipped in glue.
- Brush on glue, and sprinkle with white glitter crystals. Let dry.
- Detail faces with black glitter glue.
- Dot cheeks with pink glitter glue.
- Paint tips of two toothpicks orange for noses. Let dry. Cut to size and insert into faces.
- Insert three, star-shaped brads (or sequins, buttons, etc.) into 2” ball for buttons.
7. Cover the 9” cone with paper:
- Place the foam cone on the edge of a sheet of scrapbook paper.
- Roll the cone across the paper while tracing the bottom curve with a pencil.
- Roll the cone back to the edge, tracing the curve at the top of the cone this time.
- Cut out, wrap paper around the cone, and glue paper along the seam.
8. Decorate the tree:
- On the reverse side of scrapbook paper, draw five circles with the following diameters: 4″, 3-1/2″, 3″, 2-1/2″, 2″
- Inside each circle, draw another circle that is 1” smaller in diameter.
- Cut out the circles with deco edge scissors, and cut out the centers with regular scissors.
- Stack rings onto cone.
- Detail tree with glitter glues; let dry.
9. Brush glue onto 1” foam ball and sprinkle with pink, ultrafine glitter. When dry, glue to top of tree.
10. Trace round the foam disc twice onto scrapbook paper. Cut out circles and glue to the top and bottom of the disc. Cover edges with 1” wide paper strips. Embellish with glitter glue. Let dry.
11. Glue large tree to the center of the disc, and arrange the four houses around the disc. Add snowmen and small trees between the houses.
Wondering how this would look in different colors? You can absolutely adapt this to your Christmas colors. In fact, Rebekah also made a Halloween Village. (Perhaps I’ll share this tutorial next year.)
Last year, I shared a collection of miniature Snowman Houses Rebekah designed.
Don’t put away the paper and glue yet. While you have your supplies handy, it might be a good time to make a few of these pretty, Paper Ornaments for your tree, or to give as a gift.
I think I’ll share a few more Christmas houses later this week. Are you a fan of Christmas villages? Do you have one of your own?