Make your own miniature Christmas village

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.

This sweet Christmas village reminds me of Whoville! So charming! Tutorial on

Miniature Christmas Village by Rebekah Meier.

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
  • Glitter:
    • 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.
Cute details from a sweet, DIY Christmas Village. I'd love to make this!

Outline the windows and doors with glitter glue. It doesn’t have to be perfect, in fact, it’s more charming when it’s not.

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.

Sweet details from a miniature Christmas village you can make yourself. It reminds me of Whoville!

I love anything with polka dots — paper, fabric, and miniature houses, too.

6. Snowmen:

  • 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.
Christmas craft tip -- How to make a pattern to cover a Styrofoam cone.

Roll the foam cone on a sheet of paper and trace the top and bottom curves to make the pattern.

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.

    Top of the village Christmas tree.

    Top off the tree with a glittered ball and decorate with glitter glue.

  • 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.

This sweet Christmas village reminds me of Whoville! So charming! Tutorial on

Does this remind you of Whoville?

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.)

Cute idea for Halloween! I'm saving this for next year.

Make this village your own by changing up the papers.

Last year, I shared a collection of miniature Snowman Houses Rebekah designed.

These are so cute -- you could make several little houses for a Christmas village.

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'm loving these ornaments! I can easily customize them for different people.

Pretty Paper Christmas Ornaments by Patty Schaffer.

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?

Happy crafting.


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11 Responses to Make your own miniature Christmas village

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  2. To cute! Will defiantly have to make one of these this holiday season. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. I think I am in love!!! Definitely going to be making one of these and maybe even lots of them!!! TFS!

  4. CraftyB says:

    The snowman and little pink house are my favorites. I love all of these Christmas crafts you are posting and can’t wait to break out the Christmas carols while decorating..

  5. pepezinhaaa says:

    Such a beautiful idea. The both images with the snowman are amaizing, I gonna try to do something similar to my house.

  6. LisaM6 says:

    Ahhhhh, I love these villages. Each one is different and fun to look at. I will have to see about trying this one during the weekend of snow and icy weather. Much safer to craft than driving.
    My village is one my mother in law painted. This looks like a great fun time. Thanks! I will post it when I am done. Great Great ideas.

    • Sharon says:

      How special that you have an heirloom Christmas village. The holiday villages are enchanting like a dollhouse, don’t you think? It’s all about the details. I can’t wait to see your village, Lisa. Sharon

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