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Make a Christmas Village from Cardboard

Updated on October 8, 2018
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Crafts are great for one-of-kind gift or special decorations at Christmas time. You can make ornaments or other decorative items.

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Create an Affordable Christmas Village

If you like easy and inexpensive holiday crafts, try making small houses of cardboard for a Christmas village.

I love the look of a Christmas village, but get sticker shock when I see the church, houses, and other buildings that can cost $30 or $40 each. Perhaps I could buy one house each year and over twenty years I would eventually have a charming village to display during the holidays.

Unfortunately, I'm too impatient to wait that long for my festive yule village. I'm also too thrifty to splurge several hundred dollars to have the immediate gratification of a complete little town of these. Check out the instructions and videos below for making cardboard buildings with a Chrismas theme.

Video Tutorial for Making a Cardboard Miniature House

Make Little Houses of Cardboard or Chipboard

Chipboard Houses to Make and Decorate

When I found you could get these kits, it opened my eyes to making your own houses and decorating them just the way you want. The most sturdy ones are made of chipboard. You could paint it to match your own home. There are several different styles.

Printed Cardboard Houses to Assemble

After looking further, I found printed cardboard houses that you can assemble. These lightweight cardboard ones are even more of a bargain. They come in a book with multiple houses together. There are different styles and you can mix and match or stick with one theme. I've shown a sampling of these below to give you an idea of what's available.

Check on Amazon for "cardboard Christmas houses" or "Paper Mache houses."

You could paint this little house or keep it plain white for an artsy look. Put a battery powered candle inside to light it up.
You could paint this little house or keep it plain white for an artsy look. Put a battery powered candle inside to light it up. | Source

Making Cardboard Houses for a Christmas Village

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Video Tutorial for a Christmas Village House

Turn a Cereal Box into a Miniature House

Cardboard Boxes Repurposed into Houses

The most economical way to go is to take ordinary cardboard boxes and turn them into your Christmas village. You can save cereal boxes, cracker boxes, or packing boxes for this project. One of the videos below shows how to do this. These can be painted or covered with decorative paper.


Start with a Plain Cardboard Box

Thinner cardboard is easier to cut the windows, doors and roof line.
Thinner cardboard is easier to cut the windows, doors and roof line. | Source

A Pretty Winter Snow Village Created with Cardboard Boxes (Video Tutorial)

Get Ideas for Fancying Up a Cardboard House

Check Pinterest

I find Pinterest a marvelous place to look for craft ideas. Search the site for "cardboard Christmas houses" or "glitter houses." Some of the pins that come up are just pretty pictures and serve as inspiration.

Others link to tutorials and you don't want to miss those. Click through to the original site to see how they make cardboard houses.

Of course, you'll want to search the topic using a search engine like Bing or Google as well.

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Free Printable Houses Online

Here's another thrifty way to go. Take a look at these houses that you can print on your home printer. How convenient is that! Some are fairly small, so the village you would create would be more of a mini-village.

Links for Printable Houses Online

Houses that you can copy when you paint your cardboard boxes.
Houses that you can copy when you paint your cardboard boxes. | Source

Save old Christmas cards and use the ones that feature a house or church.

You can even glue the card right onto the box like a fake front in an old west movie set.

Examples of Christmas Cards to Glue on Boxes

Cut around the house or church from a Christmas card scene. Glue it to the front of a small box that suits its size. Presto! Instant little house.
Cut around the house or church from a Christmas card scene. Glue it to the front of a small box that suits its size. Presto! Instant little house. | Source

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      8 months ago from United States

      Fabulous! How very creative and fun. This would make a wonderful holiday family project and one we would all cherish for many years to come.

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