Get into the Holiday spirit by making these magical DIY Christmas village houses!
“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”
Norman Vincent Peale
Christmas is for spending time with loved ones. But sometimes it can be hard to find activities the whole family can enjoy together. That’s where Christmas crafts come in! Not only are they a fun bonding activity, but they’ll also leave you with some beautiful homemade decorations to enjoy.
One of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit is by decorating your home with festive décor. But store-bought items can be expensive, and let’s be honest – buying decorations is not nearly as fun as making your own.
Homemade Christmas decorations are also unique and special, unlike mass-produced stuff sold in the shops. So get into the holiday spirit and start crafting!
A homemade Christmas village is a charming addition to any holiday decor. Not only is it a fun project to work on with the family, but it’s also a great way to get into the holiday spirit. Plus, when you make your own village, you can customize it however you like, and there are endless possibilities for decorating your house.
If you want a traditional look, stick with classic colors like red and green. Or, if you’re feeling festive, go for more colorful options like pink and purple. Make sure to give each house in your village a unique style so it looks one-of-a-kind.
No Christmas village is complete without a little bit of sparkle. Glittery snowflakes are the perfect finishing touch to any scene. You can also add string lights around your village for an extra bit of magic.
Once you’ve finished your village, it’s time to show it off. Place it on a mantle or shelf where everyone can see it.
So gather up some supplies and get started on your very own holiday masterpiece today!
Did you know these cute little houses in a Christmas village display are called Putz houses?
If you’ve ever been to a German Christmas market, you may have seen these miniature houses adorned with lights and glitter. These festive decorations are called “Putz houses,” a cherished part of the German Christmas tradition. But where do Putz houses come from, and what do they represent?
The first Putz houses were created in the early 1900s by German immigrants living in Pennsylvania. These early versions were made from cardboard or paper and were often given as gifts. The name “Putz” comes from the German word putzen, which means to clean or decorate.
Over time, the popularity of Putz houses spread, and they became a staple of German Christmas markets. Nowadays, putz houses are made of all sorts of materials, from wood to glass to ceramic. No matter what they’re made of, all Putz houses share one common trait: they’re always decorated with lights, glitter, and other festive embellishments.
If you are looking for detailed instructions on making DIY Christmas village houses, I have listed 30 easy tutorials below. You can choose whether you want to make your houses from paper, cardboard, clay, wood, etc. There are plenty of options to choose from, so everyone can find something they like!
If you choose one of the more complex projects, you could start with creating one house this year. Every following year, you add one more house to your village. This sounds like a fun Christmas tradition for the whole family!
Another idea is for every family member to create one house to build a Christmas village.
Before we jump into these cute homemade Christmas ornaments, make sure also to check out the other Christmas-themed posts down below.
Now, let’s dive into it!
DIY Christmas Village Houses To Make This Year
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1. DIY Paper Mache Christmas Village By Mod Podge Rocks
This easy tutorial is based on using paper mache houses. In around 3 hours, you can have a beautiful Christmas village like the one below, customized with the colors of your choice!
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2. DIY Colorful Christmas Village By Studio DIY
This super easy tutorial shows how to transform birdhouses into a magical Christmas village. Perfect for beginners!
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3. Free Printable Miniature Putz Houses By The Spruce Crafts
The tutorial includes a free printable template for all three cute little houses pictured below that will allow you to build your own DIY Christmas village display.
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4. DIY Christmas Village Hoop Wreath By Sister’s Suitcase
This combination of a Christmas village and hoop wreath will make a gorgeous addition to your holiday decor!
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5. NYC-Inspired DIY Christmas Village By Pretty Life Girls
Inspired by the beautiful rows of brownstones in NYC, these colorful miniature houses don’t take up nearly as much space as more traditional villages.
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6. DIY Christmas Village with the Cricut Maker By The Happy Scraps
If you have a Cricut Maker, you can create this beautiful homemade Christmas village that will become the star of your holiday decor this year.
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7. Cozy Minimalist DIY Christmas Village By Nesting Place
You can make your own version of this stunning Christmas village using stuff you already have. Let your imagination run wild and create a personalized magical Christmas scene.
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8. DIY Christmas Village Advent Calendar By Bird’s Party
A super cool idea to combine a Christmas village and advent calendar into one project.
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9. Scandinavian Christmas Village Scrap Wood Houses By Interior Frugalista
If you are a fan of Scandinavian home decor, this DIY rustic scrap wood Scandinavian village will be right up your street!
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10. DIY Christmas Village With A Free Printable By Town and Country Living
These super cute miniature houses are made from paper, and the tutorial includes a free house pattern template for you to download.
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11. DIY Holiday Christmas Village By Plant Lady
These cute miniature houses are made of wood, so you can enjoy them for many years.
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12. DIY Wooden Christmas Row Houses With Lights By The Craft Patch
These adorable miniature Christmas row houses will add whimsical charm to your holiday decor.
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13. Easy DIY Christmas Village By Fynes Designs
This Christmas village is very easy to make as it incorporates birdhouses as the main element you can customize to your liking.
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14. DIY Paper Christmas Houses with Gold Foil Accents By The Craft Patch
You can make these little paper Christmas houses with beautiful metallic accents using the Foil Quill and a Silhouette Cameo cutting machine. The tutorial includes free SVG cut files.
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15. DIY Air Dry Clay Christmas Village By Alice and Lois
A simple project for beginners where you create a Scandinavian-style clay Christmas village.
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16. DIY Cardboard Christmas Village By Artisan Pallet
The main elements of this DIY Christmas village are small paper houses and paper trees. The tutorial includes free printable templates.
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17. DIY Cardboard Tube Christmas Village By Crafts By Amanda
This is a quick and super easy tutorial for a cute round custom Christmas village house that you can decorate to your liking, and you can make as many as you want. Nobody will ever suspect these beautiful houses were made from cardboard toilet paper tubes!
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18. DIY Christmas Village Putz Glitter Houses By Happy Cat Prints
Six cute miniature houses represent different types of buildings in the village. They are easy to make, and all tutorials include free printable templates.
19. Christmas Village Houses: Paper Craft & Free Templates By Heart Filled Spaces
This tutorial includes five different house templates for those with and without cutting machines.
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20. Vintage Inspired Putz Houses Using Old Cards By Cherry Street Blossoms
I never know what to do with all the Christmas cards I have received when the holiday season is over. I don’t want to throw them away as it would feel bad, so I put them away in some box with no purpose.
I was, therefore, so happy when I came across this Putz house tutorial that involves using old Christmas cards as it means they can be repurposed! These Christmas memories and wishes get a new, wonderful life as part of beautiful festive decoration pieces. What a brilliant idea!
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21. Tiny Clay Winter Christmas Village Houses By Artemis Russel
I love these adorable clay hoses covered with old lace doilies!
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22. Wood Gingerbread House Village By House Of Pixel Dust
These wooden gingerbread-looking miniature houses are easier to make than real ones and will last for many years.
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23. Four Christmas Fairy Houses By Clay It Now
These four beautiful Christmas fairy houses are easier to make than you think, and they will create a truly magical homemade DIY Christmas village!
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24. DIY Tiny Christmas House: Alpine Cabin In The Snow by Miss Diorama
A beautiful, cozy alpine-style cabin – who would not want to spend Christmas there?
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25. DIY Christmas Village: Simple And Easy Christmas Village Made From Cardboard By DReyes Family
This simple Christmas village is made from cardboard.
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26. DIY Christmas Winter Wonderland Village By Belle Decor & DIY
This DIY popsicle sticks Christmas village tutorial includes a free printable pattern.
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27. DIY Christmas House By Art In The Home With Olena
A beautiful rustic-style Christmas house made from cardboard.
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28. DIY Christmas Fairy House Lamp Using a Coke Plastic Bottle By Creative Mom
This video tutorial shows how to make a Christmas gingerbread fairy house lamp using a plastic bottle. It’s a great way to teach children about recycling!
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29. DIY Little Christmas House By Sparkle Living
A super adorable little custom Christmas village house made from paper and cardstock.
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30. DIY Christmas Village By SunnyDay Memories
Everyone will want to move into this adorable Christmas village as soon as they see it!
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I hope this post has inspired you to make your own Christmas village this year!
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