My son loves seeing Christmas displays around town and in the stores, so we created a display of a neighborhood at home. This was so much fun to create and it has become one of our favorite projects.
Almost all of the materials came from the dollar store and a few from Michaels. We had paint already and the peg people were left over from a previous project. The display was fairly easy to do and put together. All it required was time (spent in between painting and drying).
How To Make a Kid-Friendly Mini Christmas Village
- Cardboard Christmas house boxes ($store)
- Round & cone shaped Styrofoam
- Christmas pom poms
- Faux snow
- Merry minis wreaths
- Tree picks
- Santa and reindeer wood shapes
- Square wood shapes
- Reindeer moss
- Peg people
- little bells (we didn’t use ours)
- Paint (red, brown, yellow, black, green)
- Thin ribbons
- Baking tray/cookie sheet
1) First, we repainted (2 coats) the houses brown and red. Right after we put the 2nd coat of red paint, we scattered glitter on the roof to give it a Christmas feel. Sorry I didn’t remember to take pictures of this step.
2) We painted the cone styrofoam green and after it was dry, we glued red, green and white pom poms.
3) Next, we painted the peg people. I helped with the faces and the kids painted the hair and the bodies. We painted the heads first and then waited for it to dry before we started on the bodies.
4) Then AJ tackled painting all the windows and doors. After it was dry, I hot glued the doors and windows on the house, added some ribbons and wreaths on the door.
5) E painted the snowman and the reindeers. We used a metallic cream paint for the antlers.
6) Finally, after everything dried, it was time to assemble. We used a cookie sheet for the display. The houses were put in the back with the Christmas tree in the middle, and the family in the front. I cut the styrofoam in half and placed it in front of the houses. The reindeer moss was spread over the Styrofoam and then we added the tree picks and also cut some tree branches from our Christmas tree.
7) Santa and his reindeers were positioned in the front of the houses on the Styrofoam. Snow was sprinkled and our Mini Christmas Village was ready!
This was such a fun project to create with my kids. Hope you give it a try!