It’s amazing what can be done with just paper and glue. This cute paper Christmas village is a perfect night craft and a special Christmas decor for sure.
Time is flying and at this rate, we’ll be saying goodbye to this year in no time. Is that’s just me or this year flew by in a blink? Today’s project is a special one. I’ve been wanting to make a paper Christmas Village for so long and I finally made it and guys, I just love it so much!
How to Make a Cute Paper Christmas Village
Even though this project is so much easier with a cutting machine, it doesn’t mean you can’t make it by hand instead. Of course, it will take more time and patience but it’s doable. I created 2 types of houses, 2 complex and 2 simpler so anyone could make it.
Gather all your tools and materials, then let’s get crafting!
Once your templates are cut, assemble your paper Christmas village by folding the tabs and gluing them together with a contact glue or low-temperature hot glue gun if you prefer.
Paper Christmas Village Supplies:
- Cardstock (White for the house and back for the roofs or your favorites)
- Contact glue or light temperature glue gun.
- Light string.
- Fleece (to simulate the snow)
- Any other decoration you might have and want to add.
- Cutting Machine (preferable or a printer and an X-acto)
Download your cut files to your computer and then open them in your cutting machine app. In my case, I used Silhouette Studio.
I created a quick and fun video tutorial for you, but if you are more of a step-by-step photo kind of person just scroll down and keep reading!
Drop your designs and arrange them to fill your paper, but leaving room at the edge for cutting.
When you are ready, get your cutting settings ready to go (blade, cardstock type, etc).
On the cutting mat (sticky side up) place your paper on the sticky side of the cut mat. I wanted to make the roofs in black so I separated the white cardstock at the top and the back at the bottom.
Load Cutting Mat on your Machine once your design is locked and ready.
Double-check settings mentioned above.
Click “Send” — watch the cutting magic begin!
When you remove the paper you will reveal your designs, it’s so cool. A good cut will just lift right off.
Then carefully lift your designs off of your cutting mat.
Remove the excess paper around your designs and windows because sometimes it happens when the cuts are small.
Then start folding along the dashed lines and you’ll see exactly how the house should come together.
Start gluing your flaps and securing tricky spots.
Roof and chimney are one of those. I like to turn the house over and using a pen or the back of your hook tool secure the flaps from the inside.
Carefully fold and glue each part of the house like garages and other parts.
For the trees, fold them in half and glue side by side of the tree until they meet the first one again. You can glue 3 or 4 pieces.
The last part and in my opinion the most exciting one is putting the Christmas Village together.
I used fleece as my snow and created hills with card boxes underneath it.
Then place houses and trees along the space to create a cute vignette on my mantel.
I wanted to lighten up the houses but didn’t want to use battery candles because I thought it would be so annoying to turn each one on so I went for a light string.
I place it along the mantel inserting some of the led bulbs through the back windows.
When I turned it on WOW! How magical and beautiful it looked. Some of the lights went through the trees and to the back so there was a magical light everywhere!
I absolutely LOVE how it turned out.
I hope I inspire you to make yours. You can also find so many different gorgeous houses at the Silhouette store if you have a Silhouette and there are also many websites that you can find another type of house for Christmas Villages.
If you love this project as much as I do, don’t forget to PIN and share it with friends!
Here I have some Christmas Paper Crafts from my favorite bloggers:
- DIY Paper Christmas Trees by Carrie over at Dream Green DIY
- DIY Paper House Christmas Ornaments by Lia over at Lia Griffith
- DIY Paper Christmas Ornaments by Dinah over at DIY Inspired