Friday, November 7, 2014

Today I want to share a tradition that started in our family a couple of years ago – a paper winter village. I am sharing this post as part of Joy of the Season celebration of Festive Family Holiday Hop.

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DIY Christmas Touches

My husband comes from Germany, where a lot of US Christmas tradition originally came from. He is the one who “keeps Christmas” in our house, and he is also a “crafty half” of our family. A few years ago we were together in Barnes & Noble store when he noticed a paper houses kit for sale. He said that he could perhaps make one himself and immediately went to work on his first Christmas house creating a design for it on the computer in his favorite CorelDraw program. He was cutting out his houses manually for several years, but last year after an exhaustive research he got himself a Silhouette Portrait paper cutting machine. He chose a Silhouette and not a more known Cricut, because Silhouette comes with software that allows users create their own designs and import their designs from other applications. This is his original village before Silhouette:
As you can see, my husband’s designs were already pretty intricate, but Silhouette brought it to the next level. Here is our fully lighted winter village from Christmas 2013 with some new post-Silhouette additions – a pub, a clock house, and a two story house. I am lobbying for a working Christmas carousel this year :)

More Winter Village Ideas

Our Christmas village is absolutely unique to us, and I didn’t ask my husband for permission to share his design. You are welcome to use the pictures above for inspiration. Instead, I will share several other, less involved, ideas for Christmas villages:
  • Nurture Store cleverly disguised toilet paper rolls and transformed them into a Christmas village
  • Life with Moore Babies has a cardboard tube as a base, and her light-up winter village can be very polished for adult crafters or more child-led depending on your needs.
  • Paging Supermom! offers a detailed tutorial on making a recycled Christmas village from cereal boxes.
  • Better Homes and Gardens offers a tutorial for adult crafters on making a mini holiday village.

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Phyllis said...

Your village is really beautiful.

Jamie Hand said...

Love it! It is so beautiful and love the contrast of the all white houses with the light. Your husband is quite talented!

Emma @ P is for Preschooler said...

I absolutely love it! (I can see us using it for a lot of pretend play, lol!) One of those cutting machines is on my wish list but it might have to wait until next year.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Do you think he will transition into wood one day, and make a family heirloom?

M & M Mariam said...

ohh a paper village!! how delicate and beautiful!

Jill R. said...

What a lovely project!

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Bev Feldman said...

That is stunning! Thanks for sharing, stopping by from #MomTimeThurs