DIY Paper Christmas Village (+ Free Cut Files)

It’s amazing what can be done with just paper and glue. This cute paper Christmas village is a perfect holiday season 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.

DIY Paper Christmas Village cover image

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!

Cute Paper Christmas Village Tutorial

Even though this project is so much easier with a cutting machine, it doesn’t mean you can’t make it by hand instead, using the Christmas village templates free printables. 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.

Paper Christmas Village Cute and Easy

Can I use something different than cardstock?

Anything less than 160-180 gsm (59-65 LB Cover) might not hold too well depending on the size of the house. It also depends on how thick your cutting machine can cut, or your printer can print and your hands can cut. So I would suggest sticking to medium-weight cardstock.

What types of glue can I use?

That will also depend on the quality of the cardstock. I’ve experienced that normal white glue tends to wrinkle the cardstock. So, I recommend hot glue, UHU glue (contact glue), cold silicone (some brands are better than others), and even double-sided tape. Other glues like tacky glue I have no experience so I would recommend trying and testing. Feel free to share your experience with different glues so I can update this post.

How to Make a Cute Paper Christmas Village

Gather all your tools and materials, then let’s get crafting! 

Once your templates are cut, follow the instructions, 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 black for the roofs or your favorites, glitter paper looks so cute!)
  • Contact glue (I Love UHU) or light temperature glue tool and glue stick.
  • 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)
  • Scissors.
Paper Christmas Village details

Getting your Christmas village houses cut:

Snag your cut files to your computer and then open them in your electronic cutting machine app. In my case, I used the Silhouette Cameo app studio.

The files include a pdf version, silhouette files, and SVG files for your convenience.


Just please keep in mind that for Cricut users, I’ve heard the SVG get a bit messed up in their app. Score lines/fold lines turn into solid lines which are read as cut lines and sometimes the elements don’t show in the right size. So there’s that.

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!

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Drop your designs on your design space in your app and arrange them to fill your paper, but leaving room at the edge for cutting.

Screenshot cutting guide slide

When you are ready, get your cutting settings ready to go (blade, cardstock type, etc).

On the cutting mat (sticky side up) place your cardstock (or is it card stock???) on the sticky side of the cut mat. I wanted to make the roofs 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 the settings mentioned above.

Click “Send” — watch the cutting magic begin!

cutting the pattern on paper in the cutting machine

Assembling your Christmas Village houses

When you remove the paper you will reveal your designs, it’s so cool. A good cut will just lift right off.

removing the excess paper from the matt

Then carefully lift your designs off of your cutting mat.

removing the piece of paper from the matt

Remove the excess paper around your designs and windows because sometimes it happens when the cuts are small. 

observing the already cut shape

Then start folding along the dashed lines and you’ll see exactly how the house should come together.

folding and assembling the houses

Start gluing your flaps and securing tricky spots.

adding glue to flaps

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 to secure the flaps from the inside.

using a pen to reinforce the glue

Carefully fold and glue each part of the house like garages on the side of the house and other parts.

gluing the front door ceiling
gluing the chimney

If you want to go the extra mile you can cut pieces of vellum paper or tissue paper and cover the windows on the inside of the houses. I thought about that too late.

Assembling your Christmas Village Trees

pieces of trees and houses

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. 

gluing the trees

Putting the Christmas Village Mantel together

The last part and in my opinion the most exciting one is putting the Christmas Village together.

showing the houses and trees already assembled

I decided to make my Christmas village in my special place… My mantel!

I used fleece as my “snow” and created hills with card boxes underneath them. 

Then place houses and trees along the space to create a cute vignette on my mantel.

placing the pieces on the 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 and off so I went for a light string. It even gives a vibe of fairy lights, so magical!

placing lights inside the houses

I place it along the mantel inserting some of the led bulbs through the back windows. Here if you had added the vellum or tissue paper, you can just cut them a bit exactly where you need the light to go through.

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! 

general view of the Christmas Village from the rigth

I absolutely LOVE how it turned out. 

closeup view of the Christmas Village from the rigth
general view of the Christmas Village from the left
closer view of the Christmas Village from the rigth
closeup view of the Christmas Village from the rigth

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 where you can find another type of house for DIY Christmas Village.

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How to Make a Cute Paper Christmas Village Pinterest image

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Till Next time!