Rustic Cardboard Christmas Villages

Rustic Cardboard Christmas Villages

I am continuing in my rustic cardboard decorating, this time with Christmas Villages. I always have piles and piles of cardboard boxes around, so I try to use as many as I can. Christmas Villages seem like a wonderful addition to my Cardboard decorations collection, and I’m keeping my iconic distressed look.

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It is so simple, low-cost and impressive!

I like to use double corrugated cardboard. It is sturdy, and you can distress it from both sides if you need to!

Double corrugated cardboard

I started by drawing my houses separately on plain paper to match it’s sizes and windows. I am using a 1″ grid for that. Then I cut them out.

cutting out the paper house

Then, I played around with which houses in which order would fit my piece of cardboard best. When I was happy with the layout, I traced the outline and carefully cut it out with a utility knife and a fresh blade. (Very carefully).

Arranging the house templates

For transferring the placement of the windows and doors, I am using some pointy tool. And again, I cut them out cautiously.

Marking the window placement

For more durability, spray the decorations with a mat top coat.

2 Ways to Make Rustic Corrugated Cardboard Christmas Villages

Mantel Christmas Village

I always wanted a mantel village with lights behind it, but they are so overpriced in the stores that I decided to make my own to fit my style.

Construction Process

When I finished cutting the village outline and all the windows, I prepared a few thin stripes of kraft paper to make the window bars. I attached them with a PVA glue from the back side of my little village to each little window. Yep, it is a little tedious, but I like the effect. Of course, you can totally skip those.

Adding paper window bars

The last construction touch was to emphasize the roofs of my little houses. I traced parts of the roofs and cut them out from leftover cardboard. Then I glued them on.

Enhancing the roofs

And now, the fun part. Start peeling off the top layer randomly! Well, this time, I focussed more on the roofs and around the edges. But it all depends on the size of your project and your taste for distressing.

Notice how I tore the grooves between the buildings so the village could be bent easier, and stood by itself.

Distressing the Christmas Village
Distressing the Christmas Village

When I was happy with my destruction, it was time to start painting. I was going to use some leftover Annie Sloan Original white paint, but it was a bit too yellow for my taste, so I went back to Old White. I love the texture and coverage of this chalk paint, and it dries lightning-fast.

Panting the Christmas Village
Panting the Christmas Village

I painted the roofs and chimneys the most but still with a light hand. It is better to build up the paint gradually. Then, I painted all around the edges and here and there to emphasize the distressing. And I let the paint dry.

And if you feel like you are missing some texture in the process, there is always time to do more paper ripping.

I picked my favorite gold Rust-oleum furniture paint and highlighted the raised areas and edges. I also decided to paint the window bars with it.

Gold Highlighting

Installing the Mantel Christmas Village

When I was finished, I carefully bent the village between the houses back and forth so it would stand on its own. Then I put a string of lights behind, and my Mantel village was done!

Cardboard Mantel Christmas Village
Corrugated Cardboard Mantel Christmas Village

Window Christmas Village

For my second project, I decided to make a Christmas village for my house windows.

Construction Process

I measured the width of the glass in my windows and found long enough double corrugated cardboard to fit them. Then, I fit the different houses in each panel and cut the outline.

I decided to make smaller windows so I could skip the window bars. I was not emphasizing the roofs with an extra cardboard layer because I needed my village to lay flat against the windows. And I was doing much heavier distressing from both sides, front and back.

Doublesided Distressed Village

Also, I decided to paint the village all white, so it was more visible in the window. During the painting, I found it is a good idea to leave the grooves between the houses unpainted for visual separation. But if you accidentally paint some as I did, you can always paint them over with brown or gold paint.

Panting the village with chalk paint

On the indoor side, I decided to go ahead with the gold metallic highlights and accents again.

Highlighting with gold

Installing the Window Christmas Village

I glued a small piece of double-sided tape in the village and stuck it at the bottom of my window panels.

And here they are, my rustic corrugated cardboard villages to match my last year’s decor and my rustic house. I didn’t even think they would fit the windows so well.

Window Christmas Village
Window Christmas Village

And the mantel village with the shiny gold and a string of lights behind? I just love it.

What do you think? Please write me in the comments. And have a lovely Christmas! Thank you for watching!

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