Winter Wonderland

Winter Village Project

Here it is! This is our winter village scene…1 church, 1 school house and 9 homes. It was quite the project but I knew that with a wee one on the way that next year would probably not be conducive to such a time consuming project that required drying time without little hands of investigation.

I got this pattern out of my December 2000 Martha Stewart magazine – it only took me six years to get to this craft! I scanned the patterns into my computer and proceeded to enlarge and hold tracing paper up to the monitor to trace them out (of course our printer went on strike only days before I planned to start this project). So, the houses would probably be condemned if they were life size but they are so cute in their humble miniature form that you forgive them their shortcomings. It’s amazing what a heap of “snow” will do for a shoddy roof job!

As you can see, I went on to create templates and then to cut and score them piece by piece. We had several pieces of cardboard inserts from copy paper boxes and those worked like a charm. The next step was to spray paint them with primer and glue them together. Then it was on to the painting. We have an eclectic little village here with no HOA rules to stifle the Miami-ish vibes that permeate a home or two!

The school and church were my hubby’s painted and shingled works of art, while I threw together the other nine like an Arizona day laborer trying to get home for my afternoon siesta. Heaven knows I contemplated what a great idea that cultural ideal was after constructing these!

Next year we plan to add a post office and fire station to the collection and we are considering doing those in wood and then gradually replacing the pieces with wooden replicas over the years. Hubby loves wood working and as long as the project is not overwhelming (like 11 houses in a week) he will enjoy the journey.

My recommendation to anyone who is wanting to do this project for next year is to start now and do one a month. Also, you may want to cut a slit in the backside of each home to insert a strand of lights. This will illuminate the homes’ vellum windows quite nicely while allowing the homes to stay planted firmly on the ground.

I plan on enjoying our winter village through the month of January, in the least, because living in Arizona deprives us of much of a winter and there is nary a snowflake to be seen. Our children have fondly claimed the green and brown two-story home because it resembles our own. So, in our own magical way we did have a white Christmas.

Winter Village Collage


3 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Julie said,

    I love your village! I’ve wanted to make one for a long time and I may do what you recommend, starting already and making one a month….Nice to see the blog of a Christian woman who loves to create!

  2. 2

    i am amzed… this one

  3. 3

    Very nice woodworking project.

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