I know it’s a total cliche, particularly at this time of year, but wow, haven’t these last few weeks flown? Which means that alas, it’s time for the fourth and final part of the Christmas Table Setting Make-Along, and this week we’re making something to sit in the centre of your table and look pretty (in other words, a centrepiece)! This project is a bit cute, so let’s get started on a…
Christmas Village Centrepiece
You will need:
- Strong paper or cardboard in the colour of your choice (I suggest white so you can add contrasting details)
- Glitter paper in the colour of your choice. I got mine from Riot Art, but you can also find it at Spotlight.
- A small paper cutting blade and scissors
- Ruler and pencil
- Glue or other adhesive, i.e. double sided tape
- Optional: a small battery operated string of fairy lights
Step 1: Draw up your house design. You can get as creative as you like – you might even like to make a house based on your own abode! But the basic design you’ll need to make is a four panelled shape, with points on two of the panels to make a roof, like the one below. I surfed the web for a bit of inspiration for the shapes and my houses, so why not click here and here to get inspired too?
Sketch your house out in pencil first. Be sure to include some details such as windows and doors, as these will make your houses look extra gorgeous when we light them up. Don’t forget do draw ‘tabs’ on the edges of the roof, and one edge of your house, so we can stick it all together in a three dimensional shape. Below is an example of my first house, and you can see that there are four panels that make up the four different sides of the house (sorry for the dodgy image quality). As a guide, my houses are approximately 20cm tall at their highest point.
Step 2: Cut out your house, including any little details such as windows and doors, using your cutting blade for small shapes.
Step 4: Cut out and fold your roof. To figure out the measurements of your roof, measure the length of each side of your roof, as well as the width of your house, and cut out a piece of your glitter paper that fits your measurements. Mark your paper at the point where the peak of your roof should be, and fold it.
Step 5: Assemble your house! Fold it up and use your glue/double sided tape to stick it all together. Add any other details you might like to add, such as doors or dormers.
Step 7: Light your village! Once you’ve made a few different houses, you can stretch out a string of fairy lights on your table, and place your houses side by side on top of the lights, so that the wire and battery pack is nicely hidden. These will look absolutely ace when you light them up!
Putting it all together
As you may or may not know, this tutorial is the final part of a four week Christmas ‘make-along’ I’ve been running, in which I also made stamped napkins, pompom holly place cards and Christmas crackers (or bon bons as we call them in Australia). Now that we’ve made the final part, it’s time to put everything together!
This is how my table setting turned out. I had a lot of fun adding little embellishments, including tiny baubles (from Typo), straws to match my colour scheme, a couple of Christmas trees, and light up stars (from Spotlight). You can really get as creative as you want here. Go wild!
Now the only thing left to do is invite your favourite people, cook some amazing food and enjoy your new table setting! If you joined in any of these projects over the past four weeks, please do tell me in the comments, as I would *love* to see! And if you’re making anything else handmade for Christmas, I’d love to see that too 🙂
Merry Christmas y’all!