This post is for letter “V” in the 2016 ABCs of Homeschooling Through the Holidays series.
Christmas is my favorite time of the year for choosing craft projects to do with my kids. We recently created a paper plate Christmas tree craft, and our latest project has been a DIY paper Christmas village. My kids have been into little paper crafts lately. We did a paper model of Jamestown, so creating this little Christmas village was a real treat for us! I love having the ability to be creative and create a gorgeous decoration for our home with my kids.
To make your own DIY Paper Christmas Village you will need:
- Paper village templates – I found these gorgeous printable templates here. There is a free version that includes one house and a blank house template that allows you to add your own decorations. You can also get more house designs, Christmas trees, and a local grocery store for a small fee.
- Colored pencils
- Glue – I use the regular Elmer's school glue as opposed to the stick glue because it holds a bit better for this project.
- Print the Christmas village templates.
- Color the templates before cutting them out. This is where we had a lot of fun. I especially enjoyed coloring each design, as did my oldest daughter.
- Cut out each design and assemble according to directions. They are actually pretty easy to put together.
I placed our little Christmas village on a white sheet of card stock. I glued down each piece exactly where I wanted it.
You could get really creative with your little Christmas village.
If you like glitter, I think a small dusting of glitter on the card stock before placing your houses on it would set the scene for a snow effect.
My daughter placed some of her favorite figurines in the scene for a bit of whimsy and fun. I see this activity becoming a regular in our Christmas school activity rotation!
Christmas Village History
Because I'm a homeschool mom, I have to throw in a little mini-lesson on Christmas villages.
Another name for a Christmas village is a putz. The term “putz” is derived from the German word “putzen” which means “to decorate.” A putz are decorative miniature-scale villages that originated in the Moravian church. The Moravian church is of the Protestant denomination. Originally, Christmas villages were placed beneath the Christmas tree, but over time they moved to fireplace mantels and side tables.
Christmas villages gained popularity in the 1970s when Department 56 released some of the first well-known porcelain villages. This company still produces Christmas villages today.
Have fun creating your own paper Christmas village display with your kids. You don't have to worry about them getting broken this way!
Joanie Boeckman is the author of My Homeschool Preschool Planner and the blogger behind Simple Living Mama where she helps moms simplify life, home, and homeschool. There you'll find encouragement in managing your home, mothering your children, and homeschooling with a Charlotte Mason flair. Find her on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter.
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