Joanna Gaines Christmas Decorations: How to Make a Christmas Village Just Like Hers

Christmas just around the corner, and that means it’s time to put up your holiday decorations. If you’ve always wanted to create a Christmas village but have no idea where to start, Fixer Upper’s Joanna Gaines has some great ideas on her blog. Here’s how to make a Christmas village just like Joanna’s.

Why Joanna likes the Christmas village

Chip and Joanna Gaines

Chip and Joanna Gaines | Joanna Gaines via Instagram

On her blog, Joanna says the Christmas village is a perfect way to start a holiday family tradition. Since the houses don’t have to be discarded, like gingerbread houses, you and your loved ones can add homes each year. Furthermore, kids of all ages can contribute to this project.

Joanna is big on creating family traditions. She says she is drawn to the element of nostalgia that comes with building a Christmas village. “There’s a certain amount of nostalgia attached to a little Christmas village like this one. We love the way these handmade houses, inspired by our holiday visual display at the market, make a whimsical addition to Christmas decor. They remind us of gingerbread houses—except you don’t have to throw them away after the holidays!” said Joanna.

What you’ll need to make your Christmas village

Joanna Gaines' Christmas tree

Joanna Gaines’ Christmas tree | Joanna Gaines via Instagram

Start the process of making your very own Christmas village. These are the items you’ll need:

  • House templates (small house, medium house, large house)
  • Large brown kraft paper roll or colored construction paper
  • Large sheets of cardboard (approximately one large sheet per house)
  • X-Acto knife
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
  • Glue stick
  • Pencil

For Decorations (optional):

  • Acrylic paint in colors of your choice
  • Small paintbrush
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Wood coffee stirrers


Chip and Joanna Gaines tree

Chip and Joanna Gaines tree | Joanna Gaines via Facebook

  • Joanna provides templates to three sizes of houses, so you can have some variety in your Christmas village. Print templates on 8 ½ x 11 paper and cut each one out individually.
  • Keep the template for each house together so they don’t get mismatched.
  • Trace templates side by side on cardboard. Make sure to trace each of the three pieces twice. Joanna labeled hers to ensure all same-size house pieces stayed together.
  • Cut each piece with scissors or an X-Acto knife. If using an X-Acto knife, use a ruler to help keep cut lines straight. Take multiple passes through the cardboard with the blade until it is completely cut through, being careful not to cut yourself.
  • Once all cardboard pieces are cut out, roll out your brown paper, or set out pieces of colored construction paper. Glue one side of each cardboard piece and place them on the paper, glue side facing down. Leave 2-3 inches of space around each piece.
  • With a sharp pair of scissors cut directly down the middle of each piece into squares. Do not cut directly on the edge of the cardboard.
  • Line the edges of each cardboard piece with hot glue and tightly fold paper over and glue it down. Joanna say’s it’s OK if the cardboard is not completely covered on the back side, since it will be facing the inside of the house when all pieces are glued together.
  • Line the outer edge of one piece with hot glue and press together with adjoining piece for 5-10 seconds until they are secure. Do this one piece at a time, until your 3D house structure is assembled. Make sure your house is sturdy and the glue is dry before moving on to decorating.

Go here for the rest of Joanna’s instructions on how to paint and decorate your Christmas village house.

Read more: Joanna Gaines Talks About Baby Crew’s First Christmas

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