Crafts are great for one-of-kind gift or special decorations at Christmas time. You can make ornaments or other decorative items.
Create an Affordable Christmas Village
If you like easy and inexpensive holiday crafts, try making small houses of cardboard for a Christmas village.
I love the look of a Christmas village, but get sticker shock when I see the church, houses, and other buildings that can cost $30 or $40 each. Perhaps I could buy one house each year and over twenty years I would eventually have a charming village to display during the holidays.
Unfortunately, I'm too impatient to wait that long for my festive yule village. I'm also too thrifty to splurge several hundred dollars to have the immediate gratification of a complete little town of these. Check out the instructions and videos below for making cardboard buildings with a Chrismas theme.
Video Tutorial for Making a Cardboard Miniature House
Make Little Houses of Cardboard or Chipboard
Chipboard Houses to Make and Decorate
When I found you could get these kits, it opened my eyes to making your own houses and decorating them just the way you want. The most sturdy ones are made of chipboard. You could paint it to match your own home. There are several different styles.
Printed Cardboard Houses to Assemble
After looking further, I found printed cardboard houses that you can assemble. These lightweight cardboard ones are even more of a bargain. They come in a book with multiple houses together. There are different styles and you can mix and match or stick with one theme. I've shown a sampling of these below to give you an idea of what's available.
Check on Amazon for "cardboard Christmas houses" or "Paper Mache houses."
Making Cardboard Houses for a Christmas Village
Video Tutorial for a Christmas Village House
Turn a Cereal Box into a Miniature House
Cardboard Boxes Re-purposed into Houses
The most economical way to go is to take ordinary cardboard boxes and turn them into your Christmas village. You can save cereal boxes, cracker boxes, or packing boxes for this project. If you open out the box and reassemble it inside-out, then you have a plain surface to work with. Turn the kids loose with some colored markers or paint (cover the table first to protect it from their enthusiasm).
One of the videos below shows how to do this. These can be painted or covered with decorative paper.
Start with a Plain Cardboard Box
A Pretty Winter Snow Village Created with Cardboard Boxes (Video Tutorial)
Get Ideas for Fancying Up a Cardboard House
I find Pinterest a marvelous place to look for craft ideas. Search the site for "cardboard Christmas houses" or "glitter houses." Some of the pins that come up are just pretty pictures and serve as inspiration.
Others link to tutorials and you don't want to miss those. Click through to the original site to see how they make cardboard houses.
Of course, you'll want to search the topic using a search engine like Bing or Google as well.
Look for House Designs on Gift Boxes
At holiday time, you'll find these in the stores. People buy them to put their homemade baked goods in to give their co-workers or neighbors a treat. They are easy to fold into shape and add to your Christmas village.
Since you don't need the handle, you can fold that down inside or cut it off. These are usually sold flat with multiple houses in a package.
Free Printable Houses Online
Here's another thrifty way to go. Take a look at these houses that you can print on your home printer. How convenient is that! Some are fairly small, so the village you would create would be more of a mini-village.
Links for Printable Houses Online
- Print a Paper House Template (Paper Crave site)
- Printable Paper House in 3D (DLTK's Crafts for Kids)
- Paper, Glitter, Glue is a blog with a free printable pattern and instructions for making small houses.
- Delia Creates - a blog with a house to print and assemble. She even has free-standing trees and bushes to add to your Christmas village.
Examples of Christmas Cards to Glue on Boxes
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© 2018 Virginia Allain
Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on November 26, 2018:
Fabulous! How very creative and fun. This would make a wonderful holiday family project and one we would all cherish for many years to come.