Make your own Christmas village
You probably take a pause just to admire those miniature houses displayed in shops and hotel lobbies during the Yuletide season. If you want to have your own Christmas village but are put off by the hefty price tag, you might want to have it the DIY way. Whether made from edible pieces or recycled materials, this holiday project can be set up at home with a personal touch and well within your budget.
Do you ever find yourself admiring miniature houses displayed during the Yuletide season? You’ve probably seen them in shops or hotel lobbies. The tiny Christmas village, or putz as it is historically known, is actually a more modern version of the Nativity scene portraying the birth of Jesus Christ.
Finding roots in Moravian church customs, the putz incorporates secular elements such as shops, houses and trains. Often well-lighted and bursting with color, these displays are delightful and enchanting to look at. Unfortunately, these often come with a hefty price tag.
If you’re a fan of Christmas villages but not of their cost, it might be time for you to try your hand at a little Do-It-Yourself (DIY) craftwork. From edible ones to recycled artwork, you’ll be surprised to know that you can actually have a Christmas village at home that suits your budget.
The following are some simple but unique ways to make your own putz.
With a little creativity and a lot of Christmas spirit, you might be able to build your own little houses to celebrate the season.
MILK CARTON HOMES
Affordable yet eye-catching, blogger Amanda Formaro’s take on a Christmas village makes use of used milk and juice cartons to build the houses.
To make a similar one, collect and clean out some milk cartons. Cover the entire surface of each carton with textured tissue paper and brush with a mixture of water and glue. Allow the houses to dry and decorate as desired.
To make the roof, cut out some cardboard pieces and fold these in half. Glue the cardboard piece on top of each house and decorate with buttons, beads or glitters. Once you are pleased with the decorations, glue the houses on a stable base such as a Styrofoam board or a plywood panel.
For those who may be a little artistically-challenged, don’t fret just yet. Crafty mom Alice Wingerden shared on her blog some free, printable illustrations of a Christmas village.
You can easily download these and print them out on cardboard or thick specialty paper. Cut them out and stick them on cardboard stands. Add a few lights and entourage, and voila! You get a Christmas village that’s easy on the pocket and lovingly handmade, just not by you.
As per Wingerden, you can even put the print-outs inside masonry jars or color them with your kids.
NO-BAKE GINGERBREAD HOUSES
Perhaps you’d like to make Christmas villages that can appeal both to sight and your palate. Originally published in