Cardboard Tube Chirstmas Village

Cardboard Tube Christmas Village

I’ve always loved those little snowy villages that people decorate with during the holidays. When I was a kid my friend’s mother would construct an intricate holiday scene complete with miniature kids sledding and tiny bundled-up carolers on her mantle. I could stare at that village for hours imagining which neatly decorated house I would live in, and which snowy hill would be the best for sledding.

These days Christmas doesn’t feel quite so full of wonder, and living in Los Angeles means it certainly isn’t snowy. So, to remind myself of those tiny winter-wonderlands and simple holiday pleasures I decided to create a holiday village project that kids can construct themselves.

This village looks pretty displayed on a mantle, or it would make an adorable centerpiece for the kid’s table during your holiday meal!

You will need:

  • Cardboard tubes
  • Scissors
  • Paints
  • Paint brushes
  • 4″ doilies
  • Glue
  • White Puff-paint (optional)
  • White Glitter
  • Styrofoam disk, approx 7″ diameter (found at craft stores)
  • Ribbon

1. Cut your tubes into various sizes and paint them. Let dry. I created pastel colors by combining white with primary colors. White tends to give good coverage on the brown cardboard.

Cardboard Tube Chirstmas Village

2. While the paint is drying grab your doilies. The silver doilies have more weight then the white doilies, but either will work. You will use one doily for each roof. 

Cardboard Tube Chirstmas Village

3. Cut a slit from one side of the doily to the center. Repeat on each doily.

Cardboard Tube Chirstmas Village

4. Place the doily on a plate, or piece of paper. Spread a little glue along the outside edge, and in the center. 

Cardboard Tube Chirstmas Village

5. Now, sprinkle the doily with glitter. Let dry.

Cardboard Tube Chirstmas Village

6. Once dry, lift the doily and tap off the excess glitter. Repeat with each doily so that you have a snow covered roof for each house.

Cardboard Tube Chirstmas Village

7. Paint each tube to create a house. Add details like windows and doors. Let the paint dry between details to be sure that you don’t smudge.

Cardboard Tube Chirstmas Village

8. Don’t forget to add holiday details like trees, wreaths and garlands!

Cardboard Tube Chirstmas Village
Cardboard Tube Chirstmas Village

9. Once the houses are dry use white puff-paint to add snow to trees and other details.

Cardboard Tube Chirstmas Village

10. Sprinkle wet paint with glitter to create a shimmering snow-effect. Let dry.

Cardboard Tube Chirstmas Village

11. To make the roof use the slit in the doily to roll the doily into a cone. Add a dab of glue to hold it in place. Once dry, put a thin rim of glue along the edge of the cardboard tube and place the roof on top. Let dry.

Cardboard Tube Chirstmas Village

12. Now grab your Styrofoam disk and place the houses on top. Figure out the best way to arrange them and then put a line of glue on the bottom edge and glue them into place. Let dry.

Drizzle glue over the Styrofoam disk and then sprinkle with the fake snow. When it’s dry tap off the excess. For decoration wrap a holiday ribbon around the perimeter of the disk and glue it into place.

Cardboard Tube Chirstmas Village

13. Display on a mantle or use as a centerpiece.

Cardboard Tube Chirstmas Village

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