Dress up a mantle or a tablescape with this simple yet sweet paper Christmas village and houses. Add in a few LED tea lights and it will glow with warmth and open doors!
When I was a kid, when of my favorite parts of the holidays were getting out our decorations and putting them up. It was the ’70s, so we had lots of posterboard decorations. Today those simple paper-based decorations have a special place in my heart. Which is why I designed this paper Christmas village for my mantle. It’s easy but so charming! It’s not as elaborate as my DIY Paper Village: Craft Cottage I designed last year, but that’s why I like it so much!
This little paper Christmas village is very special because each of the doors on the buildings OPEN! That’s right.. you can just swing them right open and then your village has open doors for everyone. And each set of doors has a warm and welcoming glow within it.
Much gratitude to many readers who requested this Christmas village (Claudette, Brigitte T., Jacquelynn, Suzanne O., and Kalla). Each person who contributed this project idea will receive an extra entry for your idea (I am keeping track on this on my end). And don’t forget, you can suggest project ideas for this Challenge here and receive entries to win one of our awesome prizes, including a Cricut Maker!
Key concepts taught in the video tutorial include how to scrape a mat clean, how to put vellum or wax paper on the back of a project, and how to fix a mistake.
See exactly how to make my Paper Christmas Village & Houses in this tutorial video below:
Tip: If you’re in the mood to make more paper houses, my friend Lucy is making a little paper house a day for the holidays and sharing them on HER blog! Her little 3D houses make great ornaments for your tree or combine them all together to create a adorable paper house village! You can get the free patterns for 12 little Christmas houses at paperglitterglue.com
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Materials for the Paper Christmas Village & Houses
- One sheet of 12″ x 12″ white card stock
- One sheet of 12″ x 12″ vellum or wax paper
- Some LED tealights (I used seven of these lights)
- A way to cut your paper (I used the amazing Cricut)
- My free SVG/DXF/PDF cut files/patterns (available in my free resource library—get the password at the bottom of this post)
How to Make a Paper Christmas Village
First, download my paper village design from my free resource library (you can get a password for it at the bottom of this page). If you’re going to cut the paper out on your cutting machine, upload the file to your design software. If you’re not sure how to upload an SVG cut file to Cricut Design Space, watch this helpful video training series I made. If you’re on an iPhone or iPad, here’s how to download and upload SVG files to the Cricut Design Space app.
Important Note: The score lines are built in! Instead of cut lines you have to convert into score lines in Cricut Design Space (like many other projects I do), I made dashed lines and pre-attached them. They are already in place and ready to go. Just upload the design and click Make It. Super easy!
Check back later for more instructions and photos, or watch the video linked above!
Get my free SVG cut files and patterns for the Paper Christmas Village
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