Create a Winter Village in Paper

Updated on August 17, 2015
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Denise homeschooled her 4 children and has stories. She provided art lessons for many children in the homeschool community for many years.

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The paper village

One of my favorite elements to the holidays has always been a Holiday winter village in miniature with lights and cotton batting for snow, or even a mirror for a frozen lake. We live in Central California and there isn’t much snow here, if ever. I remember snow as a little girl growing up in Indiana. There is a certain charm about the world being colored all white overnight. The Winter village reminds me of that charm.

Not many people (including myself) can afford the beautiful porcelain Holiday winter villages, so I have created my own in paper. I developed a number of patterns for the houses and then color them in colored pencils. I top the roof with a paint that imitates snow, surround the village with colored lights and even add a mirror for a frozen lake. My children over the years have added little houses to the village and I have even used the patterns to teach art classes to children.

Create this project with your children and add a bit of togetherness to the holidays.

Step 1

Copy the house pattern onto one sheet of heavy paper. One way to copy a pattern is to hold it up to a window. You will be able to see the pattern through the blank paper. More complicated patterns need more than one sheet of paper. The second sheet of paper is for the roof, awnings, balcony, or chimney as desired. Once the pattern is copied, you can color the house in any color you desire with the colored pencils. Windows can be cut out of left as desired. If you cut out the windows, cover them with tissue paper (white or blue or yellow) so that the colored lights can shine through.

My Arizona House pattern.
My Arizona House pattern.
Roof and accessories for the Arizona House pattern.
Roof and accessories for the Arizona House pattern.
My General Store Pattern.
My General Store Pattern.
Roof and accessories for the General Store pattern.
Roof and accessories for the General Store pattern.
My drawing of a boy tracing the pattern on heavy paper.
My drawing of a boy tracing the pattern on heavy paper.

Holiday Favorites

It seems to me that every year there are bittersweet memories associated with the holidays. On the one hand, I love the lights and the smells, the food and the family; on the other hand, I get blue and down sometimes when the expectations of the holidays don’t come to pass. Sometimes I just miss members of the family that are gone from the family circle forever. It is hardest at the holidays it seems.

Remember that if you feel this way, you are not alone. What is more, there are tons of people who feel the same way. There are organizations and helplines available so you have someone to talk to when the sadness gets to be too much. Many can be found by querying "depression".

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Score the fold lines.

My drawing of a girl scoring the fold lines.
My drawing of a girl scoring the fold lines.

Step 2

Color the house and roof and accessories with colored pencils. No need to color the flaps as they will be glued down and never be seen. Don't forget to put a pattern on the roof like shingles and bricks on the chimney. After the house is colored, you will want to cut it out carefully with scissors. The paper will bend better at the corners if you score the paper. This means that the heavy paper has a "dint" made along one line by running one point of the scissors or a knitting needle over it. Use a ruler to keep the scoring straight and only on the corners where the walls meet.

Christmas Village Photos

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Time and cost

Materials
Time
Expense
heavy paper
tracing: 15 min
a dime or so each house
colored pencils
coloring: 30 minutes
$2.00
glitter snow paint
painting: 20 minutes
$3.99
With minimal time and funds, you can create a charming Winter Village for the whole family. Children love this project.

Traditional Christmas Village

Step 3

After the corners and flaps are scored so they bend well, fold the house into a box shape and glue the flap to the inside of the house. Then fold the flaps and floor in and glue them. Next the flaps to glue on the roof need to fold down and place the roof on top.

Step 4

After the roof is glued down, you can add a chimney, balcony, dormer windows, or awnings at the windows. Give the glue on house time to dry.

The last step is to paint on the snow. Do not cover the whole roof. You will want to see some of the coloring underneath. Paint the snow especially along the edges and pull some icicles down from the corners.

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Questions & Answers

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      • PAINTDRIPS profile imageAUTHOR

        Denise McGill 

        13 months ago from Fresno CA

        I have begun adding these house patterns and many more to my Etsy page with complete instructions, color pictures and the patterns for download. Choose the one you want or all of them. https://www.etsy.com/shop/DancingPaintbrushCo/

      • PAINTDRIPS profile imageAUTHOR

        Denise McGill 

        3 years ago from Fresno CA

        I intend to publish a whole book of these little paper houses in the near future. Watch for it.

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