Looking for a unique idea for a tabletop Christmas display? This vintage farmhouse Christmas village is created from mini houses and trees.

I may or may not have mentioned it before, but I live in a town that looks like it stepped out of the scenes of a Christmas movie.

There’s a historic downtown square full of coffee shops and restaurants and a theater and lights and lampposts and ribbons and awnings and the cutest window displays.

And I have been shopping there almost every holiday season since I was little.

I go downtown with my sisters and my mother and I look for a treasure every year to remember that holiday season.

Something vintage.

Something one-of-a-kind.

Something that when I pull it out year after year, it makes me smile.

I’ve found vintage Santas and tiny bottle brush Christmas trees on wooden blocks and a vintage Christmas tree poster and a wicker sleigh and jingle bells and Christmas trees made out of paper.

But this year?

Just between us, I think that this year was my favorite Christmas find ever.

Because I went shopping and brought home this.

// paper Christmas trees // jeweled Christmas trees (there are two sizes) // pearl Christmas trees //

These tiny unique wood houses created from vintage wood pieces.

I saw them and my heart melted.

Each one is handmade—no two are exactly alike.

// paper Christmas trees // jeweled Christmas trees (there are two sizes) // pearl Christmas trees //

I found them at the antique mall in downtown McKinney.

It’s one of my favorite places to shop.

Every year I stop in and wander through the booths looking for something that I haven’t seen before.

Something different. Something unique. Something special.

This was a good year.

This year there was so much to choose from.

I found a sleigh with flying reindeer and pink bottle brushChristmas trees with jingle bells and branches with bird nests and a winking Santa mug.

Each time, I’d pick it up the piece and think this is it. This is the one. This is my vintage find this year.

// paper Christmas trees // jeweled Christmas trees (there are two sizes) // pearl Christmas trees //

Then I’d pause and something else would catch my eye and then something else and then something else.

Booth after booth.

Christmas display after Christmas display.

Shelf after shelf.

And then?

In the very back of the store.

In the very last booth, I saw this village from across the aisle—almost like it had been waiting for me all along.

// paper Christmas trees // jeweled Christmas trees (there are two sizes) // pearl Christmas trees //

The houses were just sitting there—scattered around a display.

As if they were waiting patiently for me to discover them.

There was a tiny house with a thatched roof and a chimney made out of quarter round.

And a church with a steeple made out of a vintage piece of molding with a slatted roof created from vintage boards.

There were chimneys crafted from vintage wood.

And painted on windows and doors.

And tiny stove pipe toppers from vintage dowels and vintage chair legs.

And houses painted in different colors with different doors and different porches and different windows.

I scooped them up and brought the houses home and created a village right there on the top of my husband’s grandmother’s dresser at the foot of the staircase.

I knew they’d be right at home.

The houses are stacked on books at different levels with a collection of paper Christmas trees and a forest of jeweled branches.

The perfect Christmas find.

// paper Christmas trees // jeweled Christmas trees (there are two sizes) // pearl Christmas trees //

Each of these vintage houses is a work of art.

They are crafted from a little of this and a little of that—a collection of pieces that might have been overlooked by so many.

A discarded chair leg. A leftover wood piece. A part of a dowel rod.

Someone saw the potential.

Someone saw what those pieces could become.

Someone saw the beauty in what others may have walked by without a backward glance…

…and took those pieces and created something truly beautiful with the heart of an artist.

// paper Christmas trees // jeweled Christmas trees (there are two sizes) // pearl Christmas trees //

I think I was meant to find this village.

I think these houses were meant to come home with me as a gentle reminder that there is such beauty in authentically being who I am—in truly embracing who I was created to be.

Just like these houses?

I’m not perfect (not even close—even on my very best day).

Instead?

I’m a little bit of this and a little bit of that.

I’m random.

I’m a little dented and distressed and rough around the edges.

Isn’t that wonderful? Who needs perfect?

When all I need to be is me. 🙂

PS I got so many questions about the trees (the paper trees and the jeweled trees and the pearl Christmas tree) that I updated the post to add where I got them.

PPS I also JUST heard from someone who knows the artist of the houses! I’m going to try and commission her to make a house that looks like mine to complete the village. I also ordered little wreaths with red bows (like my house) to go on all the windows. 🙂

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Comments

  1. Image for Renee Renee

    Love, love your little village— truly a wonderful find… and it’s just perfect for your foyer.. Merry Christmas🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄

  2. Image for laura laura

    what a great reminder on the biggest cyber weekend to focus on handmade finds at an antique store! Love this and I think i was at that store with my youngest last summer when i flew out with him for internship. On a corner ( don’t know my directions without my mountains love it

  3. Image for Carol@Blueskyathome Carol@Blueskyathome

    KariAnne, I know exactly where you bought this special village. That antique mall is one of the best and I’ve bought several things there over the years on shopping trips to McKinney. What a wonderful find and you’ve used it just right in the entry.

  4. Image for Karen Karen

    This is your best story yet! A reminder to everyone to see the beauty in things (and people) that others have cast aside. A Christmas present for all of us!

  5. Image for Alice Hanson Alice Hanson

    Oh KariAnne , I love those little houses. This year I’ve been making my paperclay Santa’s and snowmen and have mounted them on bits of antique chair rails. That little village is perfect! I love bits and bobs as you do too! Happy Monday! Smiles, alice

  6. Image for Diana Clark Diana Clark

    KariAnne this fits you perfectly. It snuggles into your home and makes me feel so cozy. So many people would have passed it up. You have quite the eye girl! Enjoy your decorating. I love seeing what you will do next

  7. Image for Cindy Vojanec Cindy Vojanec

    I would have squealed when I found this precious village handmade by someone with love built right in. Lucky you and I can’t imagine a better keeper of the village than you! Merry Christmas!

  8. Image for Jan Fusco Jan Fusco

    I love your village! What a great find. Have you ever posted a picture of your siblings? I would love to see one.

  9. Image for Sharon Sharon

    I love the simplicity and detail of your village. It is perfect in your foyer with the trees and antique dresser.

  10. Image for Betsy Betsy

    Those houses are so you! If I had to guess from all the goodies you mentioned which one you would pick this would be it. They are pure joy!

  11. Image for Patricia Patricia

    Karianne, what beautiful, handcrafted village pieces those are. They are perfect where they are and I believe you’re right, they were meant to be there. Thank you so much for sharing. Have a blessed week.

  12. Image for Carol Carol

    Marianne Beautiful find for a drop dead gorgeous house. You have great taste. I love your suggestions for gifts, you made my shopping so much easier for a busy working lady

  13. Image for Rizae Rizae

    I can only imagine the story this little village could tell. The love in finding and putting all the "finds" together so that a very special person would take it home and continue the joy it brought to others... Big Hugs,

  14. Image for Carol Tucker Carol Tucker

    Love your Village Display..makes me want to find a woodpile!! Goes perfect with your trees!! Did you make those trees? Got to try this whole display! Love your ideas!

    1. Image for KariAnne Wood KariAnne Wood

      I got the jeweled trees at Walmart from the My Texas House line!!! You can see the larger one here (affiliate): https://bit.ly/3tomBO4 And the smaller one here (affiliate): https://bit.ly/3QfMAjG And the pearl one here (affiliate): https://bit.ly/3ZTm0QO Hope this helps!

      1. Image for Carol Tucker Carol Tucker

        Awe..You're amazing to find time answer my question..thank you! I'll check the trees out..thank you so much for these links

  15. Image for david david

    totally charming and very inspiring for someone like me who enjoys making things. and your display for them is top notch! I hope you have a great holiday season!

    1. Image for KariAnne Wood KariAnne Wood

      I got the jeweled trees at Walmart from the My Texas House line!!! You can see the larger one here (affiliate): https://bit.ly/3tomBO4 And the smaller one here (affiliate): https://bit.ly/3QfMAjG And the pearl one here (affiliate): https://bit.ly/3ZTm0QO Hope this helps!

  16. Image for Bitsy Martin Bitsy Martin

    I have been following you for several years now and love seeing your posts every day. This one made my heart fill to the brim. What a find and now what a darling display! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  17. Image for Maryanne Maryanne

    It would be even more special if someone contacted you with information on who made them - a crafts person, a grandpa, a blogger?? Love them.

  18. Image for Liz Shivel Liz Shivel

    Those little houses are perfect! With the trees, and the houses atop books for elevations, and the white and natural colors together, it all gives such a wonderful vibe! Imagination could take you down the paths between the buildings to a variety of destinations in old England or old McKinney! Perfect!

  19. Image for Marlene Marlene

    Aren't they just the cutest. I love what was done to these houses and the use of all those different pieces. Someone had fun creating these and putting them together. You have found an amazing little village, have fun!!

  20. Image for Kris Kris

    If I had been shopping with you, I would have raced you to be the first to get the village. 😆 It's right up my alley. Wonderful find.

  21. Image for Jan Kinman Jan Kinman

    Absolutely charming! Looks like a village that would be in Europe somewhere. Walking among them looking into their windows. You definitely found a jewel! You displayed them perfectly.

  22. Image for Jean Jean

    Karianne, I'll bet like me you've already been thinking of the days long ago when someone with a bushel of love and creativity made this charming village by hand, smiling while thinking of the loved ones whose eyes would light up with delight at the sight of each and every unique piece. One always appreciates the thoughts and good wishes of the giver when they receive such a special gift, and I can only imagine your excitement upon finding this lovely Christmas treasure years after it was first made and loved by others - delightful! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  23. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    Oh my goodness, look at those, KA! They are so cute I actually squealed in delight for you. Love love love them!!!

  24. Image for Nancy Nancy

    I love your village…made me smile especially when I saw the two smiling faces on the dresser (drawer pulls on top two drawers and two on the bottom drawer).

  25. Image for Kathleen Kathleen

    Oh. My. Gracious!!! These would have been my pick, too! I’ve shopped in that mall often ~ and know it well! I’d be a bit jealous, because I would have wanted it for me …but for you to share it here means many more can see and enjoy the awesome creativity of the talented maker! Can’t wait to see your house re-created and added to this little “neighborhood!” Much love and many blessings!!

  26. Image for Juliana Juliana

    You are absolutely adorable! Thank you for being you, sharing YOU every day, flaws and all! (Although I'd be hard pressed to find any flaws!) PS... I'm making your mom's cranberry bread for friends and neighbors! It's delicious! Merry Christmas!

  27. Image for Nancy Jayne Nancy Jayne

    Karianne, please share the artist with us when you find out who it is. Also where did you find wreaths to buy are that small? Love - Love - Love all your posts, your authenticity and joy always shine through and make my day a bit brighter. Always looking forward to what’s next.

  28. Image for DeMarie Ingraham DeMarie Ingraham

    The little village that was…rustic, endearing and, no doubt, made with much imagination. What a fabulous find and it found the perfect home for its simple imperfection. I LOVE the village and am delighted that it graces your entryway. Even with our rough edges, we are all the Creator’s work of art.

  29. Image for gail w turner gail w turner

    Perfect Christmas village. Even though I don't know you it seems so Karianne. Enjoy the village and your holidays.

  30. Image for Patricia Puglisi Poling Patricia Puglisi Poling

    What a find!! Each so unique and all so very charming…..and of course so perfect on your white chest!! I love them all so much I told my husband that if I had the talent and the tools, I would start a business catering to people like all of us who appreciate these little works of art. I would absolutely love to have a replica of each house I’ve lived in to add to my Christmas village. If anyone on this board takes up this cause, I will be your first customer!!

  31. Image for Shelley Erion Shelley Erion

    Not only do I share your love for the little village, but the way you staged it is just perfection! Please share if this artist sells on Etsy or somewhere online. I’d place an order immediately!!

  32. Image for Kathy A Kathy A

    Your village is adorable! I think I would be tempted to put it on a green chenille/velor table runner and decorate it for Easter, then fall colors and tiny pumpkins just so I could keep it out all year. Maybe red/white/blue patriotic for the summer. Tiny flags and buntings? It's too cunning to only use at Christmas!

  33. Image for Carolyn Brown Carolyn Brown

    Such a wonderful fine. I have a few Ike yours that I put out in the Spring. Every year my great-neices ages 4, 6, and 10 get excited during Thanksgiving weekend because I always have a craft activity for them to participate in. Last year they decorated their own miniature Christmas trees with vintages finds I found at different thrift and antique stores. The trees are displayed in their bedrooms. Your village find gave me my idea for next year. We will create a small village to display with their Christmas trees. Can't wait to show them your village.

  34. Image for Susan Susan

    Karianne, When I saw the houses I thought- your brother could easily craft you more houses to add to the village. They are delightful and the only problem with all the stuff you find, is that I’m all the way over in New York and can’t shop in your downtown! Merry Christmas from my house to yours!

  35. Image for Michelle Crowley Michelle Crowley

    How completely delightful! What a charming little find! Can't wait to see the artists custom version of your own home added to this lovely display! 💛

  36. Image for Brenda Satterfield Brenda Satterfield

    Will you share contact info on artist who created these wonderful houses? I would love to have some of these...Thank you

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