How to Make a Christmas Tree Village in a Vase

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Christmas is now less than two months away. Holiday decorating will begin in one month. No time to waste in planning so I want to share how to make a Christmas tree village.

You can easily create this magical Christmas decoration to display in your holiday home. This easy and inexpensive Christmas tree village project can be a focal point in many areas of your home.

This first Christmas decoration of the season is inspired by this month’s Pinterest Challenge. It can be made in less than an hour with inexpensive elements you make already have on hand.

This Christmas tree village in a vase or jar will add sparkle to any room in your home.

How to Make a Christmas Tree Village in a Vase

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Although it is late October, we are thinking of Christmas. Once again, our hostess Cindy of County Road 407, has selected a fun and attractive decorative idea from Pinterest. This one comes to us from Katrin of Northern Feeling.

I loved how simple, pretty and easy this Christmas tree village is. I also love that you need just a few supplies and virtually no DIY skills!

Most of the time, I use our Pinterest Challenge photo as inspiration. This time I decided to try to replicate it.

If you are coming over from my link party co~hostess, Michelle of Thistle Key Lane, I know you’ve had a wonderful experience with her snowy village.

Supplies for Your Christmas Tree Village

Most of these supplies you may have on hand. Sweet Shark wasn’t up to pulling down all our Christmas decorations, so I did purchase a few things, but they were inexpensive and I had coupons.

  • glass vase, large jar, large cloche, covered cake stand
package of faux snow
  • battery~operated lights ~ I found these at Michael’s
3 packages of Christmas lights
package of batteries
  • small faux Christmas trees ~ I found 2 different styles in the Dollar Spot at Target
6 miniature Christmas trees
  • cut~outs of houses, buildings ~ I used my Cricut to make these.

Assembling Your Christmas Tree Village

The round open vase was the best option. I bought it at an estate sale last summer.

clear glass vase

The snowflake lights were the biggest and brightest.

string of Christmas lights

Be sure to check your lights first.

galss vase with lighted Christmas lights

Assemble Your Christmas Vignette

Step 1 ~ First, place the light pack in the bottom on the vase.

Step 2 ~ Fill your vase or jar with the faux snow. I put about a 2~inch depth.

Step 3 ~ Now, add your miniature faux Christmas trees. I chose to use the ones with shiny branches.

3 Christmas tres in glass vase with snow

I turned the lights on to check how they looked.

assembled Christmas tree village vignette with lights

Step 4 ~ Now you will need to make your buildings or houses. I used my Cricut Air and Circuit Design Space to find and cut out 3 buildings. You could hand draw these.

paper buildings

Then, I used a marker to outline the doors and windows.

paper buildings
paper buildings

Step 5 ~ Next, add your buildings to the vase jar. I placed mine against the glass of the vase. I also added the other 3 trees to the outside of the vase for added color and filler.

Christmas tree village vignette

Finally, turn the lights on to check how your Christmas tree village vignette looks.

lighted Christmas tree village vignette

Christmas Tree Display

Since our home is still decorated for fall and Halloween, I’ll set this darling Christmas decoration aside for a few weeks. Then I will bring it out and use it in our Christmas decor. There are so many options.

Christmas tree village vignette

I think this would be a great project for kids, especially making the houses and buildings for the vignette.

Here’s another favorite Christmas decoration project of mine.

Be sure to PIN this project for when you are ready to make this project. It’s an easy, fast and very pretty Christmas decoration.

Pin for Later in Pink graphic

Now take time ~ grab a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate ~ and enjoy the projects. Time to visit Laura of Everyday Edits and her pretty lantern.

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  1. I want a Cricut! Maybe Santa will find me one this year;) Sure makes cutting out cute houses easy! I’m kind of doing all three holidays at once at my house right now;) Life of a blogger, right?

    1. Lora, you will love a Cricut. If you do order, I’d love for you to use my affiliate link on the sidebar. There will always be sales.

  2. Such a charming little village, Carol! And so smart to use your Cricut! Thanks so much for the step-by-step process! I haven’t used my Cricut for so long! I guess I should dig it out of the basement! I’d love to make houses like yours for a Christmas garland. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. This is totally a great replica of Katrin’s! I love it! The houses are super cute, too! I wanna know how you turned the lights on without messing up all the snow??? @.@

  4. Carol, I so want to see these photos but NONE of the photos on your blog are loading for me. I don’t think it’s my machine as I can see other blog images (and your type font), including the other turnabout hosts. Just wanted to let you know. It sounds like a darling project and I love the others I’ve seen.

  5. You are so smart to think to use your Cricut to make your houses. The fairy lights look so pretty lit up around the houses. Are you leaving them on until the batteries die?

  6. What a great idea to use your Cricut, Carol! I’ll have to remember that for future Christmas craft projects. Your village turned out so sweet with the added hand-drawn accents. Happy to be hopping with you again!

  7. What a great project. It is the best argument for having a trifle-type bowl or a glass cake cover that I can think of!!! I have discovered the little strings of lights at Dollar Tree. I recently got a long skinny picture of our city next door and am tempted to use that for the house pictures. And as I love the little red trucks with bottle brush trees tied on top, I may have to add one of those, too! I think I could love one with a Halloween theme, too!

  8. Your village is darling, Carol, and the Cricut makes things so much easier. I LOVE my Maker! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ’s.

  9. Carol your take on this challenge is just adorable! I love the Cricut houses and those little trees ares so cute too! The snowflake lights are adorable. I am going to keep my eye out for those.

    So fun joining you for this challenge. Happy fall-i-days!

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