Be inspired by this DIY Christmas village mantel. Learn how to easily create your own for a beautiful display you can leave up all winter long.
My favorite area of the house to decorate is our family room mantel. We spend so much time here and when we entertain, outside of the kitchen, this is where everyone gathers. As you can see this year's Christmas mantel is quite simple. It's also easy to recreate if you love the look.
But that's not all, today I'm joining some blogging friends for a Celebrate Christmas Home Tours Blog Hop hosted by Leen of Sand Dollar Lane. All this week someone will be sharing fun and interesting ways to decorate your home for Christmas. If you are coming over from Our Crafty Mom, welcome! Doesn't Michelle's mantel look great?
How to Create A Christmas Village Mantel
Making Yarn Trees
I had quite a bit of chunky yarn left over from my chunky yarn winter wreath and it was so pretty I thought it would make great yarn trees.
- Start off with some paper mache cones. I got mine from Hobby Lobby.
- Next, use a little hot glue at the tip and wind the yarn all the way down covering the cone.
- Finish with another dab of hot glue at the end of the cone shape.
- You could wrap more yarn around the base or paint it but I like it the way it is.
Making a Wooden House Village
If you are handy with woodworking tools you can make simple houses like these and even cut out the windows.
However, I am not. So I picked these wooden houses up, also at Hobby Lobby.
First, line up your houses on the mantel and move them around until you get a display that you like. Take a picture with your camera for reference.
Then paint them in different shades. I used a mix of white chalk paint, black craft paint, and brown craft gel stain.
Instead of cutting out windows use some heavy paper or card stock and cut out rectangles and/or squares. I used a paper cutter for this part. Use the shapes as templates to trace around. Then fill in with black paint.
As a finishing touch hang some glitter snowflakes with clear thread or fishing line from the crown molding or ceiling. The result is a simple Christmas village mantel that will look good during the holidays and throughout the winter months.
Next up on the tour is the talented Leen of Sand Dollar Lane, with some inspiring dining room decor. Also listed below you will find links to all of the bloggers and their amazing holiday posts for the entire week.