DIY Christmas Snow Village


Make this beautiful Snow Village from recycled boxes. Really, these are easy to make and they create a beautiful Christmas or holiday centerpiece. Make a bunch and display on the mantle. A great DIY Holiday craft project.

Items needed: 

  • Small boxes
  • Recycled file folders
  • Sticky-back craft foam
  • Tacky white glue
  • Scissors
  • Paint/ brush
  • White sparkle Glitter
  • Scotch tape
  • Stapler


  1. Collect boxes for buildings, such as a tea box, small instant potato box, etc.  You can also make a Mini-village using just tiny discarded boxes.  Tape all openings shut.
  2. Paint boxes and let dry.  We made tinted white mixtures, using a small amount of color with white paint to get pastel shades. 
  3. Make trees from old green file folders or other thin cardboard.  Roll cardboard/folder into a cone shape the desired size.  Staple bottom edge to hold and then tape along edge as necessary to hold shape.  Level off bottom with scissors.
  4. Cut doors and windows from the sticky-back foam and stick in place on each building.
  5. Make each roof from a piece of file folder of the desired color or use cardboard and paint.  Roof should extend beyond the sides of the building.  Cut a strip of folder/ cardboard the width of the top of your box and approximately 2 inches longer on each side.  You are going to use the 2 inch extensions to cut a peak (2 sides of triangle) and then fold at the edges of the box.  Glue flat section to top of box to secure peak.  Set Roof on top.
  6. To make a chimney, cut a lengthwise piece of cardboard, about 2 inches high and 4 inches long.  Fold into 4\'s and tape together.  Cut a v  on two opposite sides to fit your roof peak.
  7. Working within a cookie sheet with closed edges, and on one section of building at a time, i.e. the roof, spread a thin layer of glue and spread around with your finger.  Immediately sprinkle with glitter and then let dry.  For the roof sections. lay flat after adding glitter and set a fork or similar object on top to keep flat until dry, to avoid curling.
  8. Repeat for all sections, trees and buildings.  Enjoy.

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