Nordic Wooden House Christmas Village




I was given one of these last year for Christmas, and I thought it would be nice to have a little village of them. They're fairly easy to make, they just take a bit of time. Definitely can be done on the weekend, and customised to whichever colours you'd like for the houses.

Supplies you'll need:

- wood/ I used 1x2 pine, and got seven houses out of two and a half feet worth, with leftover wood.

- wood shims.

- wood glue. If you want to just use craft glue, make sure it's strong enough to keep the roof pieces on.

- paint in whichever house colours you'd like. Light grey and white for the windows.

- wood stain, mine was 'special walnut'.

- permanent marker, both thin and thick nibs.

Not pictured in the supply list: hand saw, sand paper, rulers, holly and berry sprinkles, hot glue gun, felt, dollar store village trees.

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Step 1: Cut and Sand

Measure out the houses you'd like, and also mark down the angles for the roofs. My base size was 3.5 inches tall, with 2.5 inches of full house before the roof slope. I cut the roof angles to be 60º, and those pieces were 2 inches tall. This size worked well for the base size, but for the smaller house and the taller ones, they were either a bit too short, or a bit long. Adjust as you like.

I used a hand saw for this, but if you have access to a mitre saw, definitely go for it. It'll save you a LOT of time and your roof cuts will actually be neat. I don't have one, so I just popped a movie on and went at it with a hand saw.

Once all the houses are cut, take a sander to them (or hand sand) to make sure all the rough edges and the roofs are smoothed out.

Take your wood shims and go through the pile to find the edges that are fairly thin. You want the thinnest for your doors, and the fairly thin ones for your roofs. Roofs are 2 inches long for the base house size, and the doors are 4.5cm by 1.5 cm (1.75 in by 0.6 in). It doesn't matter that the shims are slightly rough looking, as they're supposed to be weathered roofs.

PS, Use wood clamps if you've got'em! I forgot to put them in the pic.

Step 2: Painting and Staining

Divide up your houses and paint them. I stuck with just three colours because I liked that look best. While that paint dried, I set up all the roof and door pieces and stained them. When you put the stain on, just let it soak and and don't wipe away the excess stain. Apply as many layers as you'd like to get it the colour you want for your roofs.

Once the base house paint has dried, it's time to paint the windows. Glue your doors on, and then paint the windows on the front and back of the house. I did a rectangle of light grey paint, then white for the frames, and then finally the shadow in the upper corners with fine permanent marker. Use the thick permanent marker to make the doorknobs.

Step 3: Festive Holly and Berry Doors

Once everything is dry, glue your roofs to the houses. Try to match the shim roof pieces, as they tend to have differing patterns on the wood. Let it dry for a few hours.

Using the glue gun, put little blobs of glue on parchment paper and glue your holly and berry together. I did it on the parchment so I could easily peel that off and then just have one thing to glue to the doors. It was a lot easier this way (the holly and berry are actually sprinkles from a bulk food store, for cupcakes and such). Glue them to your doors, and let it set.

Step 4: Done!

Set up your newly made village! I used felt as 'snow', and then added some dollar store village trees.

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4 years ago on Introduction

Looks fantastic! I like the bases you made for them too. They came out great. :)


4 years ago on Introduction

Here it is! We made it with my kids (mentally retarded pupils, a young guy and three girls, who are 18-19 years old, when waiting for Xmas) but at this version we didn't paint it, but
glued natural materials as seen. The others with my friend, a creative teacher, made a small town with houses and trees and a small bridge with the original painted way, I'll send
pics about it too, if I can.


4 years ago on Introduction

Hi! This is the ideal classroom activity before xmas for my children in our (very) special school! Congrats, I've already sent the link to my friends and mates at the creative team, they will be glad to try this, and the kids will be happy when making these tiny huts. Thanx!

Cthulhu Fhtang!

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Thank you for this idea. I'm going to try to do the same but use cardboard from a box and then either tape it together of use some glue. I especially like the way you made the windows; I plan to cut and insert, behind the frame, a bit of plastic (from a container). I think this will give it a reflection quality like real glass has. Maybe you'd like to try it too . I put our little houses on a green or white colored piece of material under which I put balls of wrinkled up news paper to give the idea of being in the hills and they look even better (for a stream of water we use a squashed up piece of tinfoil). Thanks again for showing these super cool mini houses.

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Good luck! You can't really put coloured transparency behind the windows of these, as they're solid blocks of wood. But should look good for your cardboard ones!

These are so sweet! I think these would make lovely tree ornaments too with just a bit of cord glued under the roof. I might look for a door decoration that is not made out of sugar though - might attract bugs in the off season. I need a house-gift for Christmas - I think I now know what I will make!

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I thought about that. I might varnish those, so that they remain insect free. And thanks! They would make good ornaments, though careful the cord doesn't pull at the roof. The shims are fairly thin, so they're not always that strong against an upward force.