Christmas village houses
I love Christmas village houses. I collected them for years. Not the expensive ones, but the ones that matched my set. I bought them on clearance from a craft store. This was years ago when my budget was just a few dollars. Not that much has changed, I'm still frugal with my purchases.
I've been seeing them everywhere again. I have more than two dozen colorful ones. I just no longer liked the colorful Christmas houses village. I wanted white simple village houses but didn't really want to spend all that money buying a new set.
How to DIY white Christmas village houses
I love the neutral white look of the homes and have learned a few tricks to stage them. A white-painted Christmas village helps match your Christmas decorations with your house decor (if you have white and neutral). These would go particularly well with white farmhouse decor!
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Below are the first three homes that I painted. I've obviously done more since!
Christmas village houses you are willing to spray paint. You don't want to spray paint a rare or really expensive village
Spray Paint - Rust-oleum satin finish heirloom white spray paint. And yes, it is a cream color on the lid. It does go on a little creamy but I like that vs a very stark white.
I LOVE this paint because the primer is included. No need for priming! It covered well in 2 coats (the first time it took 3 because I didn't get the 'underneath' areas.
Instructions to prepare & paint your old village houses
Make the homes are very clean. There should be no dust or any dirt of any kind on them.
Make sure you take out the light. Just pinch the two side clamps and pull it out.
Here is the first house I ever painted. I chose the brightest colored one.
I have learned (the hard way) that you want to do thin coats. Better 2 or 3 thin coats than trying to do a thick coat.
Thin coats of spray paint don't run and have a nice smooth finish. Also, start spraying before you hit your project. That way you have a nice smooth consistent spray when you are spraying your project. Sometimes when you start spraying, you may get a 'glob'.
It took 2 coats and then I had to do a third mainly because I didn't get the 'underneath parts". Like under the roof overhang etc. Thought I got them but I didn't.
Oh, I love them, even after a few years! It's a fun and easy craft! They look so fresh, so bright and clean now. They look new! Especially in the daylight.
Just a note about the houses I painted. They are the Santa's Workshop ones from Joann's. You know, the ones that were only about $10.00. I don't think they sell them anymore in the stores.
I love my new white Christmas village houses and have had them for a few years now. It was a super easy transformation for less than $5.00!
I've used them in so many areas!
The above is a dark corner in my family room. It is on top of a beautiful built-in. But because of its position and all the dark wood, it's a dark area.
I LOVE how the village brings just enough light. And, it's the perfect location to have the lights on during the day!
Tips for displaying your Christmas Village houses
If you don't have old Christmas village homes to paint, watch for them throughout the year at yard sales, your local thrift store or even estate sales.
Find your ideal location to set them up. I've put them on a mantel, in deep window frames, on top of dressers and even a coffee table pushed against a wall. If you have a family room in the basement, these are a perfect holiday season display with gentle glowing lights. I've even chosen a room and displayed groupings on various tables in that room. The parts of the village was on various tables in the family room.
Place your homes at different heights. Use small boxes or stack some books.
Scatter a string of white lights (with a white cord). It just adds extra sparkle.
Layer some Christmas snow on top of the lights. A craft store or a store like Walmart, Target, or even Dollar Tree will usually have this. There are different types of 'snow'. Use what you like or can find.
Plug all the homes into one power bar. It makes it so easy to turn the whole village on and off.
Pull and fluff that 'snow' to hide the cords.
Add appropriately placed Christmas trees. I've used bottle brush trees and also trees I've found at the dollar store or garage sales.
If you only want these on in the evening, put the powerstrip onto a timer. Because the powerstrip is three-pronged, you probably need to get an outdoor timer.
Hope I've shown you a new way to update some items so they can be used and cherished again!
The reason I love these pretty neutral little Christmas village houses is that they don't scream Christmas. You can put them up early and leave them up late.
Spray paint is my favorite way to paint! It's a great way to create inexpensive Christmas decor!
Other things I've Spray Painted
Here is how I created dried silver Christmas hydrangeas.
And another time I decided I needed dried blue hydrangeas!
Spray paint can be fun!