There is something incredibly charming about this home made wood block Christmas village. Seeing how something basic can be transformed into a beautiful statement piece of decor is so rewarding.
This DIY pairs perfectly with the twinkle of Christmas lights and a simple garland. I hope to inspire you with simple, rustic charm this wood block Christmas village will add to your home, better yet, make one for yourself.
Recreate this look with these supplies
- Wood Block Christmas Village Project Set, or scrap wood pieces
- Waverly Chalk Paint, Plaster
- Coffee Stain RECIPE HERE
- Plaster of Paris
- Black paint Pen
- Sand Paper
- Hot Glue
- Paint brush
If you’re a do-er like me, and would enjoy learning to make your own, just know that the cuts are basic 45 degree angles made with 2x6 and 2x4 scraps at various heights. These are the wood blocks I started with.
I began by staining and painting the pieces using coffee stain and a mixture of watered down chalk paint. Watering down white paint will allow for the wood grain to show through with a beautiful subtlety that was perfect for this rustic look.
Although I am bringing back the reds and greens in my decor this year, I still want the overall vibe to be natural and a bit primitive. I can’t help but to be drawn to the primitive, simple look of Christmas. The orange slices, mixed natural greenery, cinnamon sticks and popcorn garland…it all reminds me of the childhood Christmas celebrations Laura Ingalls Wilder described in her books.
This wood block village certainly feeds into that feeling. Simple and resourceful.
Aside from me loving the simple, rustic look, I am also limited in my painting skills. I don’t want to pretend that I can. Instead, I like to embrace the things I CAN create and hopefully inspire you to do the same! Simple paint pen lines and faux snow really transformed these blocks into a charming little village.
How to make fake snow?
For this project, I used a 2:1 ratio of plaster of paris and water. I made the mixture in small batches on my paint tray and simply added water or plaster to get a toothpaste like consistency. The thick consistency allows for workability.
I applied the mixture to the areas of the wood block buildings where snow would naturally settle