Save the gingerbread for eating and make this simple DIY felt Christmas village instead using cardboard, felt, and glue.

Read step by step instructions after the video.

This Christmas village is as sweet as a gingerbread version but so much easier. Design each house using our free template, recycled cardboard boxes, and felt sheets. These custom cardboard Christmas village houses are the perfect size to sit on windowsills, mantels, and a dining table as a holiday centerpiece. This Christmas craft will cost you less than $15 (or try any of our other affordable Christmas crafts) but you'll be proud to tell everyone it's handmade!

  • Working time 30 mins
  • Start to finish 30 mins
  • Difficulty Easy

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How to do it

Step 1

Cut House Shapes

This easy holiday craft takes almost no time at all. Start making your Christmas village by downloading our free project templates. Print the templates onto plain paper, cut them out, then use the templates to trace patterns onto cardboard. (We recycled cracker boxes for ours.) Cut shapes out with a crafts knife to ensures precise cuts. 

Mix and match cardboard pieces to make different house shapes for an interesting Christmas village. Just make sure you account for any extra length when cutting all four sides.

Download the free template.
Step 2

Build Houses

Glue the felt to your cut cardboard pieces with glue. Fold excess felt around the edges so all the cardboard is covered. Score along corners and fold, gluing edges together. Use a clothespin to hold in place while drying. Once dry, glue the felt-covered roof piece on top. 

Step 3

Add Embellishments

Cut smaller felt pieces for windows and doors. Using embroidery thread, sew on small details, like a small French knot for a door handle and crisscrossed stitches to make a window frame. You can also use the thread to sew seams together, if needed. Display your handmade Christmas village on a tray covered with faux snow and bottlebrush trees. Or make your own mini minimalist wooden trees.

Comments (1)

How difficult was this project?
December 10, 2019
Difficulty: Very hard
Well, the first thing is the link for the templates does not work. Error on the page. That makes it pretty hard to complete the project. Thought you might like to know this.

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