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Putz-Style Paper Christmas Village {7 Days of Paper Christmas}

Nothing says Christmas like a little Christmas village, and this one is made out of paper!

It’s Day 3 of the paper Christmas decor series. And I knew I wanted to make another paper Christmas village cause I adore Christmas villages.

Recently I discovered the little, vintage, red-brick cardboard Putz Christmas houses. I immediately fell in love! So when I decided to make a paper Christmas village this year, I knew I wanted to recreate that style.

But to fit in with my more modern Christmas decor this year, I did my houses without the red brick. Instead I had fun making my houses with solid colors and glitter cardstock roofs.

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Three paper Christmas houses with paper Christmas trees on a console table.

Christmas Village Houses

There are 3 different house shapes in my Putz-style Christmas village. I made one of each, but you could always expand your village by making more of each house in varying colors. Even try mirroring them for variation.

Of course I had to create a church since no Christmas village is complete without one. I kept the Church design simple, it reminds me of the classic little white church.

But then to really make it look like a Christmas church, I gave the front a fun stained-glass-inspired window. And finished it off with a simple steeple.

Close up of the paper Christmas church made with white cardstock and gold glitter roof and base next to a green paper Christmas tree.

To go along with the modern theme of my Christmas decor, I decided I also needed a modern home. The asymmetrical roof line is the perfect recreation of a vintage, modern home.

And I saw that the original Putz Christmas village had an asymmetrical roof house!

Close up of the gray modern paper house with asymmetrical teal glitter roof.

The third house is a classic Christmas house. With it’s peaked roof and 3D entry. I can just image it dripping with Christmas lights in a Christmas movie!

Close up of the brown kraft paper Christmas house with red glitter roof and 3D entryway.

And since these adorable houses didn’t look Christmasy enough just yet… I decided I needed Christmas trees too. These simple little pine trees add the perfect amount of Christmas to our little village.

Of course you can add more Christmas to your village however you want. Have fun decorating your little paper houses. I am enjoying the clean, modern look this year.

Side view of the paper Christmas village with white and green paper trees.

Paper House Sizes

The houses in my paper Christmas village are nice and big. But the design makes them super sturdy.

Here are the finished sizes of each different piece:

  • Church
    • Building (with roof overhang): 5″ wide x 4 1/2″ deep x 9″ tall
    • Building (without roof): 4″ wide x 3 1/2″ deep
    • Base: 4 3/4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Modern House
    • Building (with roof overhang): 6 1/4″ wide x 2 1/2″ deep x 5 1/2″ tall
    • Building (without roof): 5 1/4″ wide x 2″ deep
    • Base: 6 1/4″ x 3 1/4″
  • Classic House
    • Building (with roof overhang): 6 3/4″ wide x 3 1/2″ deep x 6 1/4″ tall
    • Building (without roof): 6 1/4″ wide x 3″ deep
    • Base: 7″ x 4 1/4″
  • Trees
    • 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ x 4″ tall
Side view of the classic Christmas house next to the white Christmas church made from paper.

Resizing Christmas Houses

Plus, did you know, you can always resize any of the 3D paper crafts? Make your houses smaller or larger to match the size of Christmas village you want!

When resizing 3D paper crafts, always resize all pieces the same percent. Also, it is important to lock the aspect ratio so the pieces are resized the same amount for the width and height.

If resizing on a printer, just increase or decrease the size of the print percentage. Be careful when increasing so that all pieces are still printing on the paper.

Two paper Christmas houses, one modern style and one church, on a console table.

How to Make a Paper Christmas Village

Supplies:

  • Christmas house & trees templates
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  • Cardstock
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Optional: Electronic cutting machine
    • I love using my Silhouette Cameo to quickly cut out paper decor projects, but you can also print the PDF and cut out with scissors and an x-acto knife.

Cut out all the pieces

Cut out all the pieces along the solid lines for each house. Make sure to cut the slits in the bases, on the front of the classic house, and on the trees.

Fold along all the dotted lines.

Assemble the Houses

For the classic house, start by attaching the entry. Fold all the tabs back, no need to glue the tabs since it is very secure once attached to the house.

Press the tabs on the back of the entry into the corresponding slots on the front of the house. Tug slightly to pull them all the way through, then glue to the inside to secure.

The inside of the front of the classic paper house with the tabs from the entry pressed through.

Glue the tabs on the sides of the house to create a box.

Glueing the tabs on the sides of the modern Christmas house to create a box.

Press the tabs on the bottom of the houses into the corresponding slots on the base. Tug carefully to make sure they are fully through (they are a snug fit).

Pressing the tabs on the gray house into the base.

Fold over and glue them to the bottom of the base.

Glueing the tabs on the base of the modern paper house.

Fold the base in half and glue to secure and hide the tabs.

Adding glue to the inside of the base to glue it closed.

Add glue to one of the side tabs for the roof. Line up the roof and secure.

Adding glue to one of the roof tabs on the top of the paper church.

I used a ruler to draw a straight line for my overhang to make it easier to line it up.

Drawing a line on the underside of the roof for the overhang.

Repeat for the other tab on the other side.

Adding glue to the other roof tab.

Then repeat for the other half of the roof. I didn’t bother adding glue to the horizontal roof tabs, the roof was very secure with just glueing the side tabs.

Securing the last half of the roof to the church.

For the classic house, glue the roof to the top of the entry as well.

For the church, fold the steeple into a square and glue the side tab to secure.

Folding the steeple for the Christmas church.

Fold and glue the steeple roof together. Glue it to the top of the steeple with glue on the tabs.

Glueing the folded steeple roof to the top of the steeple.

Then fold the bottom tabs underneath the steeple. Add glue to them and place on top of the church roof. Hold to secure.

Adding glue to the tabs on the bottom of the steeple.

Assemble the Trees

When folding along the dotted lines, fold the bottom of the center piece so each side is an opposite direction.

All the pieces of the paper Christmas tree folded along the dotted lines.

Place glue on the bottom of these tabs and secure it to the center of the box on the side pieces.

The center piece glued to the center of the paper trees.

Fold the sides of the box up, you will need to tuck them under the middle pieces branches. Glue the tabs to secure.

The bottom box of the tree glue together.

Line up the slits on the piece with 3 slits to the slits on the assembled tree. Carefully tug it down until the top is flush with the top of the center piece.

The finished paper Christmas tree with the center piece slid into place.

Display your Paper Village

Now your little paper Christmas village is done! Have fun making a display with your houses and trees.

And how cute would it be to make some house for the kids to have fun decorating? So many ideas for a fun Christmas project!

Putz inspired paper Christmas village with 3 different houses and paper Christmas trees on a console table.

If you want more sturdy houses (even though the tabs securing them into the bases does make them very sturdy), you could always cut them out of coverstock (110 lb cardstock).

Or, the brown kraft paper I cut the classic house out of was more sturdy than the regular cardstock.

More Paper Christmas Decor

And remember, we are only on Day 3 of the 7 Days of Paper Christmas decor! Make sure to come back every day until Thanksgiving for more.

Plus check out any posts you missed below.

Happy Crafting!

-Kati with picture of blog author Kati

Two paper Christmas houses, one modern style and one church, on a console table.

Putz-Style Paper Christmas Village {7 Days of Paper Christmas}

Yield: 2 Putz-Style Paper Houses
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $5-$10

Add a fun paper Christmas village with pretty glitter roofs. It's a modern twist to a classic Christmas village. But, you can easily change out the roofs to a brick style if you like.

Materials

  • Christmas house templates
  • Cardstock

Tools

  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • *Optional - electric cutting machine

Instructions

  1. Cut out all the pieces along the solid lines for each house.
  2. Make sure to cut the slits in the bases, on the front of the classic house.
  3. Fold along all the dotted lines.
  4. Assemble the houses by folding all the tabs back.
  5. Press the tabs on the back into the corresponding slots on the front of the house.
  6. Glue to the inside to secure.
  7. Glue the tabs on the sides of the house to create a box.
  8. Press the tabs on the bottom of the houses into the corresponding slots on the base.
  9. Fold over and glue them to the bottom of the base.
  10. Fold the base in half and glue to secure.
  11. Add glue to one of the side tabs for the roof.
  12. Repeat for the other tab on the other side.
  13. Repeat for the other half of the roof.
  14. For the classic house, glue the roof to the top of the entry.
  15. For the church, fold the steeple into a square and glue the side tab to secure.
  16. Fold and glue the steeple roof together. 
  17. Fold the bottom tabs underneath the steeple.
  18. Add glue to them and place on top of the church roof.

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Fred

Sunday 22nd of November 2020

Thank you very much for the files, it's beautiful!

Dorothy

Saturday 21st of November 2020

These are perfect. Thanks so much for sharing.

Laurie Black

Saturday 21st of November 2020

I love these adorable houses! Thank you for sharing the files.

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