See how you can make a DIY Christmas village using scrap wood. This bright and happy Christmas village display is an easy project!
The first thing that comes to my mind when you say Christmas is “snow”.
And snow-covered houses!
I truly miss the NorthEast at Christmas time. Just the fact of having snow on the ground made everything seem a lot more festive…
But just to be clear – that is the only reason I miss the snow. I definitely do not miss having to dig and clean my car out of it!
Coming back to snow-covered houses… I love tiny Christmas village displays!
Therefore, I decided to build my own DIY Christmas Village display using scrap wood.
I love how it turned out. It is simple, yet colorful without being over the top!
Plus the price to make it was ZERO!
DIY Christmas Village using scrap wood
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Materials used for the DIY Winter Village
- Lumber – I used a whole bunch of scrap wood
- Paint sticks – you can also get a few of them free at the paint counter.
- Miter Saw
- Jigsaw or BladeRunnerX2
- Fiskars Precision Hand Saw
- Paint in colors of your choice ( I used DecoArt Blue Lagoon, Festive Green, Coral Blush, Red Alert, Light Lime, and snow)
- Hot glue and hot glue sticks
- Pin Nailer (optional)
How to make a DIY Christmas Village with scrap wood
Here is a full video on how to make the Christmas village using scrap wood. If you would like to read through the step by step tutorial instead, I have it available for you below.
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How to build a Christmas Village using scrap wood
Step 1 – Design and cut out houses and trees
Identify pieces of scrap wood that you can use to make houses and trees. Once determined, roughly sketch the cut lines.
Use a miter saw at 45° angle to cut the houses and a BladeRunner X2 to cut the trees.
I ended up with 3 houses and 5 trees.
Step 2 – Make the roof.
I found that paint sticks were the perfect width and thickness to work as roofs. Cut them to the sizes you need for the houses. Remember to leave some overhang.
I also cut out a whole lot of triangles in random sizes from the paint sticks using a Precision saw.
Step 3 – Paint
Paint houses and trees in color of choice. I decided to give everything a coat of snow and painted the trees accordingly.
Step 4 – Attach the roof
Attach the paint stick roofs to the houses. I used a pin nailer for this. But a good quality hot glue like this one should work as well.
Step 5 – Add the icicles
Last, add icicles to the roofs using hot glue. Make sure all the triangle icicles are touching each other. (It does make a fun challenge!)
The scene is ready for setup!
I love how the color combination turned out!
It is bright and colorful but not over the top! Perfectly the way I like it!