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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.

You can see the set here.

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.

You can see them here.

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.

It’s true.

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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Comments

  1. Image for Diana Clark Diana Clark

    KariAnne as usual i smile every time I read your blog. Your description of the houses is so wonderful. You are a writer at heart with your comment of the village looking like New York City. LOL I have been in love with the plaid houses for years and snatch up one when I see it. I added the white advent house from Target last year after seeing it on your blog. I love the display in front of your mantel especially. How did you raise them? Lastly I love the gingerbread too. I try to do a little something new every year but I have so much Christmas my husband is calling me a hoarder. Keep em coming! I'll find room.

  2. Image for Rizae Rizae

    Happy 1st of December. Woo-Hoo!! I woke up to snow this morning, not to much, just an inch or so... but this tells me Christmas is coming. I adore your villages. Are you having one made of your home you had in Kentucky too? What a wonderful memory that could be. The countdown has begun... Big Hugs,

  3. Image for Marlene Marlene

    These are all wonderful ways to use villages and I can't wait to get started setting mine out. I love yours and it will be so special to have your own home in one.

  4. Image for Sharon Sharon

    I have villages all over my house too! There’s something about them that makes Christmas time even better! If I had a bigger house, there would be so many more! Merry Christmas to you!

  5. Image for Diana Diana

    These little villages are all different and adorable. I love them especially with the nativity sets mixed in. Having your own house will be wonderful and you can move it around every year.

  6. Image for Jodena Beale Jodena Beale

    So many beautiful villages for all the Christmas travelers. But I love your new set the most. Thanks for making us smile.

  7. Image for Rachel Harper Rachel Harper

    KariAnne, I can’t wait for you to see the village I’m sharing tomorrow. I was inspired to update a ceramic village with old book pages and twigs. They turned out so cute. I love all of your villages and everything you share. I’ll share a link on Sunday to tie in with my DIY.

  8. Image for Celeste Celeste

    I have an adorable and curious 1 year old granddaughter who has altered my decorating this year. Anything breakable or swallowable (is this a word?) has to be out of reach. There are a lot of blank surfaces this year and I'm missing one of my favorites, a miniature village with a Christmas train that circles it. I know that next year I'll be able to add things back, at least a few. So after a brief hiatus this year, I'll be delighted to see it again. Meanwhile, I'll enjoy all the pictures of your many village pieces.

  9. Image for Barbara Moore Barbara Moore

    Your home is spectacular! And the villages fit right in. I can not wait to see your home move into the foyer. And that NY hutch? I die. Just die.

  10. Image for AnnMarie AnnMarie

    I love how you styled your villages! I started collecting houses a couple of years ago and can't wait to display them. Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. Image for Dorothy Carter Dorothy Carter

    Where did village in front of mantel come from and how did you stack it? Love it and the village that will include your house, great.

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