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Make a Christmas Village from Cardboard

Updated on December 7, 2014

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

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

You'll find links to sites with tutorials for making cardboard houses.
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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.


Create a Cardboard New England Seaport Village

An Early New England Seaport
An Early New England Seaport

Wouldn't this look sweet assembled and set up under your Christmas tree,

 

Making Christmas Houses from Cardboard

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      Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

      @Virginia Allain: Frischy - here's another idea for you that I saw on Hometalk. Get dollar store plastic figures and houses, paint them white and add glitter, glue them down to a board, add some cottony snow and you have a cat proof, inexpensive winter village scene.

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      Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

      @Frischy: At least the cardboard ones wouldn't break like a ceramic one would. I had a cat that totally destroyed a gingerbread house while I was at work one day.

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      Frischy 3 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      I really like this idea! It would be fun to do with children. My cats would think it was too much fun to have a cardboard village to destroy, so I don't think I will try it this year. But, when my cats get older, and too lazy to knock down houses, I think it will be a fun hobby.

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      Marika 3 years ago from Cyprus

      I love this crafty idea and it looks so fun to make it with your kids on a Sunday afternoon.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 3 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      So cute! I'd love to make one of these.

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      gottaloveit2 3 years ago

      What a great idea and a wonderful craft idea to do with young children or the elderly. Great keepsakes.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      How cute! I've never seen these before. It would be fun to have an entire little village of them!