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In amazing news?
I heard back from the artist who created the tiny houses that I shared on Monday.
She is amazing and lovely and so creative and so sweet and I asked her to create a house that looks just like my house because I wanted to live in the village, too. If anyone is interested in her houses you can find her at the Antique Mall in McKinney or on Instagram here.
And all that village talk?
It made me realize that somehow, someway all the tiny villages have taken over my house.
I can’t help it.
I love them so much.
There’s just something so inviting about all those windows and doors and chimneys and shingled roofs.
So in case you have a village or want to have a village or talking about villages makes you smile like me? Today is all about Christmas village decorating.
Here’s everything you ever wanted to know about how to decorate with Christmas villages.
1. Advent village
I bought this advent village years ago from the Magnolia line at Target.
Every year I pull it out and every year I smile.
I line up the blocks and add them to a mantel or a window or mixed in with other decor like this nativity and they make the cutest display.
They don’t sell this set any more, but look what I found—this wood block set that looks SO similar on Etsy. It looks like it’s 14 little houses like this for under $10. You could line them up and add numbers with paint or stickers or cut it on on your Cricut—or what a cute gift for someone.
2. Village display with villagers
The only thing better than a tiny village?
A tiny village with villagers.
I got this set several years ago from Walmart and it even came with a fire station and a fireman. I displayed the village on tin boxes to give it a little height. Mr. Scrooge looks like he’s already talked to Tiny Tim and he’s ready to celebrate.
They didn’t have this village anymore, but I found a similar village that would make a perfect starter kit (it even has Santa).
You can see it here.
3. Glitter paper house village
Don’t tell the other houses, but I think these glitter houses are my all-time favorite. Most of them light up, but I always forget to turn the lights on. It doesn’t matter.
They sparkle enough for me.
The key to making these glitter houses cuter? Lean into the village look. One glitter house is super cute on its own—but you add in a village and it’s game over.
This year I tried something a little different.
I made a village as a centerpiece on the dining table. It was SO EASY. Just a runner, about five or six houses and some ornaments and your table looks extra fancy.
And extra villagy. 🙂
4. Vintage village in drawers
Here’s a cute idea if you have a vintage piece with drawers.
I found these little paper house ornaments at Walmart years ago and I found the CUTEST paper house ornaments this year for under $2.
House ornaments like these fit perfectly in the drawers so I created a village by staggering the houses in the drawers with bottle brush trees.
Quick tip—if you have a house that needs a little personality in your village? Add a little cotton to the chimney to recreate the look of smoke at the top.
5. Christmas village on a hutch
If you’ve followed along with this blog for more than a minute—you know this is my favorite way to display a village.
I keep adding houses and trees to the hutch–adding levels of houses with pedestals and books to create height.
But here’s the thing.
I think I need to let the town mayor know that the city limits are full.
The village on the hutch is looking a little like New York City.
6. Village under the tree
One of the cutest places to add a village?
Under the tree.
And bonus points if your village has a railroad.
After all, every really good village needs a reliable source of transportation.
7. Gingerbread village
I was gingerbread before gingerbread was even a thing.
But apparently, gingerbread is the new trend this year. Everywhere you look there’s a gingerbread village.
One of the cutest ways to decorate with Christmas villages is to add a little gingerbread.
I decorated this hutch with white dishes, reindeer, faux Christmas candles an entire gingerbread house zip code.
8. Village in front of the mantel
I so wish I could take credit for this idea, but I saw this several years ago on my friend Courtney from French Country Cottage’s site.
I loved it so much that I had to recreate it in front of my faux mantel in the family room.
It’s basically houses stacked up on layers to create the look of a village. I added battery-operated lights to make it glitter at night. I took these pictures last night in a vain attempt to show you the glitter.
The twinkles did not really photograph well, but you get the idea.
And one more shout out to the village that started it all.
It’s amazing how much a tiny row of houses can make the house feel so much merrier.
And just wait until my house moves in. 🙂
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