The Start of my DIY Very Merry Mini Christmas Village

It’s the most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Hello readers, it’s that time of the year again! I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, but ya know…life. For that, I am sorry BUT on the bright side, I hope this post makes up for it. In the craziness of preparing for Thanksgiving, shopping, decorating, and uuh… yea you know the whole story I’m sure; I was finally able to venture into something I found quite pleasing. I began building my own DIY Christmas village. This is a great hobby to do with the family to get you into the artistic, joyful, holiday spirit.

For my village, I used the materials below. I also included the places where I purchased/ brands of items used for my project:

  • Cotton blanket cover (Kohls)
  • Hot glue gun (Michaels, Amazon)
  • Cotton Balls (Dollar Tree)
  • Figurines (Kohls)
  • Cardboard
  • Creatology brand Wooden Puzzles (The “Ranch House” One) -Michaels
  • Artist Loft Acrylic or watercolor paint (Michaels)
  • Xacto Knife (Michaels)
  • Foam Board (Dollar Tree)
  • Battery Operated Tea lights (Dollar Tree)
  • Printed brick patterns or whatever you like on plain white printer paper
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Masking Tape
  • Green paint (for painting paper for trees)

 

Here are some pics of my current progress on my village. I will purchasing more figurines and have to finish cutting and painting the cardboard toystore, bakery, and bar I am going to install as well.

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I measured and cut out the sides of the church using cardboard. Then cut out the windows with the xacto knife.
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The Cross was made using mini dowels

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Printed out brick pattern on printer paper and measured perimeter of church. It was easy just laying the church on the paper and tracing each side of it on the paper, and cutting it out.

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Painted the roof with white acrylic paint.

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Added a little cotton to the roof for snow.

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I put my battery tea lights inside of the buildings. I like the flickering ones.
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hot glued the figurines to the board
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Currently working on Stores. Have to finish cutting out windows, gluing plexi glass inside of windows, attaching brick pattern, and painting.
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For the trees I made tall and short cones using printer paper and taped it to hold together.
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This is what my trees looked like after. I painted printer paper with forest green paint. After drying, I cut the paper into strips, then proceeded to cut small clits into the strips. I then glued the strips around the cone in a layered method so that they overlap each other on each row. I then played around with flipping some of the slits up and down to create the effect of a tree with leaves. Here is the end result.

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Hello! Welcome to my blog! This is where I will be posting my recent and non recent artwork, talking about my experiences as an up and coming artist, what inspires me as an artist and person, posting inspiring content for you lovely readers... ooorr if you're just simply looking for loads of fun crafts and projects you've come to the right place. As I've previously mentioned, I am an artist... inspired by the water, color, and often depicting scenes which displays the absence of human presence in my work. I also dabble in graphic design and have recently explored fluid painting, which I have found to be quite fascinating and might I mention, HIGHLY addictive. You never know what you're going to get with fluid paintings until it all comes together in the end. I've referred to my myself as an art prodigy on several occasions... hence the name of my blog, *wink wink*. I don't refer to myself as an art prodigy in the sense that I know all that there is or that I'm super pretentious... because I'm quite opposite. I refer to myself as an art prodigy because I ENJOY learning all that there is about art and creating. I love to be able to even research a certain subject, learn all that I can, and then try to master it. Sometimes I've done just that. I like the idea, the self gratitude of being able to say, "Hey! I did it!" I am constantly working to prove it to myself. Art is such a wonderful thing. It eases stress, liberates you, sets a mood, inspires, allows you to self reflect, allows the ability to be expressive, and what I like most is that you can do whatever you want. It comes from you, your experiences, your imagination, your inspiration. Who wouldn't want to explore that? With all of that being said, I sincerely hope that you enjoy my blog on the days to come. If you'd like to stay connected, please feel free to follow me at my social media sites below to stay updated or just to see what I've been up to: Twitter: @Leawayartisans Facebook: www.facebook.com/bwalstonart

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