A Holiday Classic
Do you remember as a kid putting up your Christmas
tree then decorating your mantel with a cozy village display? Each building was surrounded by fake, puffy snow with little street lights sprinkled in and around each building to give your town life. And maybe just maybe there were some moving parts and music that played to keep you entertained as a kid.
While detailed and elaborate villages are still widely popular, it can be a little expensive to build an entire town. Why not craft one with things you have lying around your house or upcycle thrifted pieces to make a completely unique display that will have your family and friends talking. We are here to make your holiday decor
a little more cozy with 10 unique village ideas based on a variety of popular Christmas themes.
Supplies You'll Need
To complete these village DIYs you'll need to stock your craft closet with a variety of acrylic paints in all formulas and finishes as well as other handy staples that are great to have on hand.
We are celebrating the most festive time of year with another craft challenge! Join the #PlaidHolidayVillage and win free Plaid products! You could have your creation featured on our channel, and even win one of five prize packs valued at over $50. 🎁
We want to see your DIY holiday villages. Whether you make something from scratch or upcycle an old piece, the only requirement is that you use Plaid products or tools to create your village building: think Apple Barrel Paint, FolkArt Paint, or Mod Podge. You can enter as many projects as you like, but you can only win one prize pack. Your village needs to include at least one building but can also have cars, trees, or characters! Have fun with it! We cannot wait to see what you create this season! We will be sharing your creations in our “Villages” highlight on our profile, so check back often for inspiration! 🏠
To qualify for the prize drawing:
🎅 Make sure you are following @plaidcrafts
🎁 Tag us & use #PlaidHolidayVillage on each entry.
🎄 Tell us in the caption what Plaid Crafts tools or formulas you used on your village building.
🌟 Challenge ends at 11:59pm ET on December 14th, 2021. The winners will be announced on Friday, December 17th, via a post here on Instagram. Challenge open to residents of the US only. Profiles must be set to public for entries to be visible.
Upcycled Christmas Villages to Fit Every Theme!
Check out these 10 one-of-a-kind village displays that are easy for you to make with your family this holiday
season. Get everyone involved and let each family member decorate a different town space. Click on each project photo below to get instructions and a supply list.
1. Colorful Christmas Village
Color, color, everywhere! Make your holiday decor merry and bright! Take an unconventional approach to creating your snow village this year with items from your garden, like terra cotta pots, birdhouses, and more. Then use Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint
to make your village come to life with color.
2. Farmhouse-Inspired Village
You can find blank white houses just about anywhere this time of year. So create a custom snow village for your holiday display with Waverly Inspirations Chalk Finish Acrylic Paint
. Add patterns, shapes, and designs to make your village one-of-a-kind piece you'll decorate with year after year.
3. Make it Natural!
Take your snow village to the next level by creating your own with paper mache and wooden houses! Don't be afraid to mix textures. Use rich, textured colors from the FolkArt Terra Cotta
line to give your mantel an elegant touch. Add fun patterns and shapes to each house and tree to color coordinate with your holiday decor using FolkArt Glossy
4. Add some ice with some fun pastels
Who says birdhouses
have to be just for birds? Turn a basic wooden birdhouse into an icy decor piece for your mantel. These houses are sure to tie your entire pastel Christmas theme together as a focal point in your holiday decor
. If you love glass etching
then this DIY is perfect for you! Turn square glass vases into an icy wonderland with FolkArt Etching Cream
. Combine these two to make your mantel really stand out!
5. Can't go wrong with traditional
Recreate the snow villages of old by hand-painting these classic town icons to decorate your mantel. Get the family involved and let each family member paint a different storefront. Take scraps of wood or basic, unfinished wooden houses and add as much detail as you like. Give each house personality and a story that will keep your family entertained for hours.
6. Create with Gallery Glass
Transform a set of vases into a unique snow village to add some extra flair to your Christmas decor
this holiday season. Make your village personal by creating your favorite stores and other town icons. Get the FREE PATTERN
to make your vase village look like this!
7. Colorful and Abstract!
Your Christmas village doesn't have to be elaborate, it can be simple and unique. Create a colorful set of holiday houses
with Delta Ceramcoat! Make a holiday village that your whole family will love crafting.
8. Can't forget about Bucilla felt applique kits
Decorate your home for the holidays with the sinfully sweet collection of the Bucilla Gingerbread Christmas Houses
Felt Kit. This set of 4 sugary gingerbread houses decorated with a variety of colorful beads and sequins are the perfect addition to any holiday decor.
9. Reversible Decor
Make redecorating easy, fun, and fast with this reversible decor idea with simple wooden houses in this episode of Make it with Mod Podge
10. PREMIERING this Saturday on YouTube!
Tips from our experts on how to create a village using Mod Podge! We go live and premiere new videos each week on our YouTube channel
. Make sure you are subscribed.
How are you decorating for the holidays? Does your decor include a Christmas or snow village? If so share your creations with us using #PlaidCrafts and don't forget to enter our holiday village contest with your DIY village using #PlaidHolidayVillage
. You could win some fabulous prizes.