Make a Christmas Village from Cardboard
I love the look of a Christmas village, but get sticker shock when I see the church, houses and other buildings 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
Videos with Tips for Making Your Own Christmas Houses for a Village
Watch one or two of these videos to get started.
Video Shows How to Turn a Cardboard Box into a Christmas House
You don't even need a kit. Here are the steps to repurpose a cardboard box into a Christmas house.
This shows making a very simple house that is easy enough for a child to put it together.
This shows the kit houses after they are finished. They turned out really pretty. There are different sizes.
Printed Buildings Ready to Assemble
This booklet features nine buildings for you to put together.
Get Ideas for Fancying Up a Cardboard House
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.
Find Great Ideas on Pinterest
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.
- Printable Christmas Village
- Print a Paper House Template (Paper Crave site)
- Printable Paper House in 3D (DLTK's Crafts for Kids)
Create a Cardboard New England Seaport Village
Wouldn't this look sweet assembled and set up under your Christmas tree,
Making Christmas Houses from Cardboard
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© 2013 Virginia Allain