Create a colorful Christmas village
Like a lot of families, we have the typical ceramic Christmas village with people and trees, but I wanted something to go with our merry and bright theme, something that wouldn’t cost a fortune, and something my girls could play with. It was a tall order, but I figured it out, and was able to create a colorful Christmas village.
Traditional Christmas village
Create a colorful Christmas village
I wanted paper mache houses for my village, but didn’t find good prices online. And just when I was about to give up on my search, I found nesting paper mache houses for 40% off at Hobby Lobby. I got six houses for $16! Then I spent $9 on acrylic craft paint – I already had brushes, the mini wreaths were 50% off at Craft Warehouse making them $2, and the glitter snow was under a few bucks. So, for under $30, I created the most delightful village I’ve seen. I love it, the girls love it, and Jeremy thinks it’s pretty cool.
Colorful sisal trees
The sisal trees, or bottle brush trees, also cost a fortune online! But I found the cutest colorful trees in various sizes at Hobby Lobby for 50% off. The lady at the checkout said that they started with a bunch of them, but everyone was buying them. Well, yeah, everyone knows how much other retailers are charging! I just love the bright colors and different heights – the trees really pull my colorful Christmas village together!
I also sprinkled some extra glitter snow around the village which Quinn loved until I told her that she couldn’t play with the snow. She has done pretty well – I’ve only caught her once and it still looks pretty cute so I think she’s leaving it alone.
How to create a colorful Christmas village
The steps to create a colorful Christmas village are simple:
- Select the paint color for each house.
- Paint the base and chimney of each house – let dry.
- Optional: I added white paint to the base color to paint the dormers and make each home two-toned – let dry.
- Paint the roof and base white – let dry.
- You may need a second coat or some touch ups before adding the clear glitter paint. I painted a thin coat of glitter paint everywhere except the roof and base. Allow glitter paint to completely dry.
- Paint the roof and base with Elmers glue and sprinkle glitter snow onto the glue. This can be messy, but I did all my snow at once so I just cleaned up once. Both girls helped me with painting on glue and sprinkling snow – they did a great job, it was a blast.
- Optional: Once everything is dry and extra glitter snow is dusted off, use a glue gun to add your mini wreaths.
- You could also cut out paper shutters or cut a scalloped piece of paper to make a cute trim piece. Or you could even glue vellum paper behind the windows, inside the house, to make the windows look real.
- I also cut little Dixie cups, glued them inside the roof and added an LED tealight candle. The lights flicker and look so pretty at night. It really makes the village come to life.
I completed this project in the evenings after the girls went to bed. It was even relaxing painting these houses while watching TV. These are nested houses so they will store nicely, they’re light weight, and I can easily paint over the existing color if I ever want to. I have to admit, this colorful Christmas village brings me joy and I love watching Quinn play with them (and hide the baby Jesus inside when she thinks no one is watching). We are having a merry and bright Christmas over here – I hope you’re inspired and will enjoy the other merry and bright decorating ideas coming up!