I think my dreams might be different than other peoples- I dream of making certain things. One of them being a DIY Christmas village wreath. Ever since I saw Martha Stewart’s original years ago, I knew I needed to make one for my house. Last year, I was going to make one, but the houses I ordered were way too small- fail!
So after Christmas last year, I grabbed some house ornaments and my sister bought me some too on major clearance from Target. They then sat in a bag in my basement for 12 months waiting for this day. TODAY IS THE DAY!!!
how to make a diy christmas village wreath
Let’s start with the video tutorial so you get an overview on what I did. Then, I’ll dive in with more details below:
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- bottle brush trees
- house ornaments
- paint. I used- 1. Shy Smile, 2. Ballet Rose, 3. Coral Fountain, 4. Lamplit, 5. Corn Stalk, 6. Frosted Sage, 7. Country Weekend, 8. Serene Breeze, 9. Casade Green
Since the house ornament I used aren’t available at Target anymore, I found similar ones that I think will wok.
Start by cutting off any pinecones or embellishments on the wreath that are no longer wanted. I used wire cutters to snip them off since I wanted a plain pine wreath. Side note, hit up the thrift shop if you don’t have a wreath if your thrift store has one, it’ll be the most affordable way to make this!
Next, I thought it’d be the perfect time to bleach the bottle brush trees. I knew I wanted them a bunch of different colors (so they’d stand out against the wreath) so I sat the trees in bleach. They sat in there for about 20 minutes before the color was gone and it was time to take them out of the bleach. Finally, I rinsed them out in clean water and then sat them out to dry.
And now the part I had been dreading- painting time. These ornaments are so tiny and so detailed, I was worried about messing them up. So I took it slow and used the tiniest artist’s brush to give the houses some of my favorite colors and personality. Each house needed 2 coats and took 10-15 minutes to paint. It was slooooow going!
For each house I painted, I gave a bottle brush tree a matching color. I simply followed these instructions for latex paint. Side note, if I changed one thing about this project, it’d be that I’d add more trees!
Finally, all the houses were painted! Celebration time! To celebrate, I added the houses and trees to the wreath to figure out the placement. Once I liked where they sat, I hot glued them in place. That didn’t seem to hold them good enough, so I cut floral wire and I wired each house into place through their ornament hook.
After that, I thought I was done! So I hung it up and realized I was missing something- snow! So I used polyester poly fill to add some tufts of snow. It was fast, but it made a HUGE difference!
Here we have it! The newly finished DIY Christmas village wreath! I already had a nail in this door so I hung it from the same nail. Isn’t it cute?! It’s so perfect for my house. I looooove it!!!
My favorite part of this project is that I had everything on hand to make it! Though if you don’t, that’s ok too! Also, I love how all of the houses look unique and special! There’s a lot to be said about pastel and white- right?!
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