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Collect old Christmas village pieces, and you can easily get an expensive looking DIY Christmas village on the cheap!
It’s the year of miniature Christmas, apparently. I don’t know how it happened.
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It all started with the a trip to the thrift store …
Supply list for DIY Christmas village:
- Old Christmas village pieces
- Country Chic Paint, Vanilla Frosting
- Country Chic Paint’s Natural Wax
- Drop cloth
- Paint brush – I used one of these
- Small paint brush
- Paint stir stick
- Lint-free cloth
- Wax brush
- Tea light candles or flameless tea light candles
I found all of the the Christmas village pieces at Goodwill and other thrift stores. I’ve heard the Dollar Store has them sometimes, too.
One I found was actually an ornament, but I just cut the twine off. If you want to use these with candles inside, be sure they have the window holes. If not, you’ll probably have more luck finding houses! I saw quite a few that were solid.
Here’s how mine started:
How to make a DIY Christmas village:
1. Clean the pieces.
Get rid of any dust and dirt.
I talk about Country Chic Paint a lot – I use it on a lot of furniture makeovers. It’s just great paint! It adheres really easily to just about any surface, including these hard ceramic houses.
Shake and stir the paint before you start, then just start painting.
Let the first coat dry, then do a second coat.
For the insides of the little windows, you might need a small little paint brush. Same with some of the weird cracks if your houses have ‘brick’ or ‘roof shingles’, too.
3. Seal the paint with wax.
A wax brush makes this way easier. Wipe the wax on, then use a lint-free cloth to get rid of any excess.
And that’s it! Forget the mismatched outdated Christmas village pieces sitting all sad on the thrift store shevles, these little white pieces look like an expensive looking ceramic Christmas village!
I’ve had them in the dining room on top of the wine fridge …
… and spread out along the mantel. I love them up here.
They look great with the lights on the garland bouncing off them at night, even if we haven’t lit the candles inside.
About the candles … these little houses get HOT so be careful after you’ve had a candle lit inside for a while. The flameless candles may be the way to go.
If you’re set on real candles, be sure to get tea lights with the silver base, so your candle wax doesn’t melt all over the inside of the little village house.
I used some coasters to prop up the houses behind the garland so we could see them better. I love them. I’m still looking for them every time I’m at a thrift store.
Have you done any fun Christmas DIY projects from thrift store finds? I found a little sled I’ve been painting, too. It’s too hard to pass that stuff up!
For more Christmas fun, you can see our Christmas living room here:
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