Friday, December 16, 2011

The Pleasant Times' Printable Christmas Village

I hope The Pleasant Times' readers have enjoyed their free printable Christmas village!

You can make these as elaborate (by adding lots of glitter and cut-out pieces) or as simple as you please. They are also good to print out to keep little hands busy while you are wrapping presents or finishing up a project!

Here is the master list of links to each printable PDF, and a link to each blog post if you would like to see photos of how they look all made up.

The Meeting House and Woods (PDF page) (blog post for the Meeting House ) (blog post for the woods)
The Village Shops (PDF page) (blog post)
The Village Houses (PDF page) (blog post)
The Farm (PDF page) (blog post)


Here are some ideas of how to display your Christmas Village.
You can line them up all in a row on a shelf, mantel, or the window-sill (or two!);
you can put each section on different shelves in a bookshelf, and pretend they are different "streets:" a street of houses, a village street, and the country road;
 or you can scatter them around the room for interest.



I put a short string of Christmas tree lights behind mine; you can also put the LED plastic tea lights behind each one to make a glow.

When you are done with them for the season, you can fold them flat and put them in an envelope for next year. Or, you can cut out the centers and glue them on next year's Christmas cards!

Thanks for visiting! Merry Christmas!

UPDATE:
You can now print out a mountain scene to put behind the village.


Informational post here

Mountain and Skater Here

Mountain Sides here


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Village part five: Country Farmhouse and Barn

For those of you anxious to finish up your village, the printable PDF for the last two pieces are here.

The last bits to add are the barn and farmhouse!
The PDF for the last two pieces are here.

The PDF for the last two pieces are here.

I added paper windows in place of the cardstock windows, and here is what my barn looks like with the light shining through:
 And the farmhouse:
It wasn't until I printed this out and started to color it, when I realized that something was missing... a wreath on the door! I forgot to draw one, so you will have to add that yourself:)

I also did not mount any extra bits on, but were I to do that, I would cut out an extra sled for the house, and an several extras to the barn: the wagon wheel, barn star, the pump and the sheep behind the fence and haystack piece. Foam mounting tape is ideal for it, but I had success with just regular tape rolled up, too.

I hope you have enjoyed this series! Here are the links to the posts about the rest of the Christmas village:
The Meeting House
The Village Shops
The Village Houses
The Woods 
New! Mountains and Skater

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas Village part four: Over the River and Through the Woods


Part Four of our printable paper Christmas Village!

Remember the Woods from the printable in the first post, that printed out with the Meeting House? I said we would use them later on. Now you can add the woods to your Christmas Village (if you haven't already!)

 (If you did not print out the first part of the village, or lost the woods part, here is the link to the PDF printable.)

When you leave the village, you'll go through the woods to the countryside. Maybe that is Grandmother's house behind all the trees!

This is what I did with mine:
 I cut around each tree for interest, but you can just cut straight across and color in the sky to make it simple. All the trees are covered in snow, which cuts down on the amount of coloring you have to do, but of course if you want to color them in you can.
I used big chunky glitter over Elmer's glue on mine-- I imagine each tree has about six inches of snow on it, and about a foot of snow on the ground, and the chunky glitter worked delightfully for that effect.

You can cut out more trees to layer with mounting tape for dimension, and also cut out an extra stone bridge and mount it over the other one. You can mount another Christmas tree over the other as well, but I chose to do another effect on mine. I took a straight pin and poked little holes where the string of lights are. When there is light behind the woods, the lights on the tree "turn on!"
The Christmas tree really stands out with no snow and its string of lights! (Don't ask me how the lights are working out in the woods-- probably a really long extension cord, or battery pack, or a hidden generator! Or maybe they are solar!)

Here are the posts for the previous parts of the Christmas Village:

For part one of the village (Meeting House and woods), click here.
For part two of the village (the shops that connect to the Meeting House) click here.
For part three of the village (the houses) click here
For part five of the village (the farm in the country) click here.

Check back later for more parts of the Christmas Village!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Village part three: Houses



Here are a couple of houses to round out the village (click here for part one and here for part two, here for part four and here for part five). There will be a country scene next, so check back this week!
 This house (Click here for the PDF printable) is a cozy cottage, with a pie cooling in the kitchen, and gift wrapping going on in the library. The house glows in the snow with lots of Christmas lights! I colored my copy with crayons, but saved the Christmas lights for some bright bold markers, so they would stand out. On the printable, there is also a side yard with a snowman, and two kittens playing.
This is a grand house (Click here for the PDF printable), which could be all lit up for a Christmas party, I suspect. I felt there were enough lines in this drawing, so I did not add any more detail to the windows for you, but you can color in red velvet curtains, or evergreen swags (as I did with markers) and of course put lots of glitter snow on the windowsills! There is a garden on one side with a garden shed, and a mailbox on the other side for Christmas cards.

Here is the grand house, all lit up. This time I used markers on the paper behind the windows for the Christmas tree and the swags I added to the windows. I think it stands out really nicely when the lights are behind it.

Click here for the PDF printable. It will take you to a Google Drive page. There is a printer button icon, which you can click, or of course you can go to the "file" menu and get "print" from there.


As you can see, my village is getting quite long! The two houses can be displayed on either side of the village shops, together on one side or the other, or by themselves. I did not want to glue them to the village shops as it would be too long to move and store, but of course you can attach them if you like.
I did the same cut-out and glue-paper-behind windows, and mounted some features as I described in the last post. On the yellow cottage, I mounted another front porch, and another snowman and tree over the printed ones. I'll try to add a better photo later on!

I'm listening to "Sleigh Ride" and other Christmas songs as I am glittering and posting these houses! It makes an enjoyable evening. Print enough out for the children to color, too!

For the Meeting House, click here.
For the Village Shops, click here.
For the post on the woods (that came with the meeting house page) click here.
For the Farm in the country, click here.
New! Mountain background and skating figure here.


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas Village part two: Shops



I am thrilled to bring you the shops to the printable Christmas village this evening! The moon is rising here, and after days of fog, we can finally "see out." A nice night to go and see the shops all lit up!

The printable Shops for the sides of the village are here. Once you are on the document page, look for "File" and then click "print." Print out on card stock.

These buildings were inspired by the buildings in Old Town Florence, a popular tourist destination on the Oregon Coast. You cannot leave a visit to the windy Florence beaches without stopping in Old Town for salt water taffy, at least! Perhaps in our village, the taffy can be had at the General Store. A "Cottage" decor style shop (which is based on a real one that, alas, moved away) is included in this shopping street. There is a florist shop, a fabric and yarn shop, and a tea room with a bakery. There are also little gardens beside the shops.

This street of shops is designed to glue to either side of the Meeting House piece of the village. Your village street will look like this:


The printable Shops for the sides of the village are here. Once you are on the document page, look for "File" and then click "print." Print out on card stock.

Once your shops are printed and cut, you will fold two ends back, so it stands as seen in the photo.  As with the Meeting House, I colored in the shops with markers. I did use some crayon and colored pencil to get just the shades I needed here and there. All my shops are white or very light pastel, it just makes it faster for me. You can of course color them anything you like! Maybe some of the shops would be red brick in your village.

You may also, if you desire, cut off the sky in any piece in the village, if you do not want to take time coloring it. I colored mine a darker blue and put glitter "stars" in it, and of course you can color yours gray, light blue, sunset pink, or leave it white.

Then you can glitter them! Before I glittered mine, though, I added some extra touches to my shops, and here is what I did:

TO MAKE WINDOWS THAT LET LIGHT THROUGH:
 After I had colored in the shops, I made a color copy on plain paper. I could have just printed a black and white copy and colored it again, but I was in a hurry to get this post to you! (I will be showing several copies of my colored piece in paper and card stock for some extra effects below. If you want to do the "extras" you may want to make several copies to play with.)

 Here is how I made the windows: I trimmed down the paper copy.
 On the card stock, I cut out all the windows.
 Then I pasted the paper behind the window holes, lining it all up, and this way the light will show through the windows. That is what I did on the Meeting house. Notice, though the three window holes left? That is for my next extra-special touch:

TO MAKE SOME ELEMENTS "STAND OUT:"
 I made another card-stock copy of the shops. I cut out elements of it to mount on the original, so that I have some bits that stand out and create dimension. To this bit, I cut out the upper windows and pasted some paper windows behind it.
 I used a paper copy of the bay window of the Tea Room to cover that side.
 Here you can see some of the other elements I used: a paper copy of the Flower Shop awning, and a card stock piece for the fence.

 All put together, the awning being paper is curved up slightly like a real awning would be; the middle shop has a popped-out front; the tea room has a popped-out bay window, and the fence next to the tea room is popped-out as well. I was going to use mounting foam tape for this, but of course when I needed it, it was not to be found! So I rolled up plain tape and it worked just fine.

 Here I hope you can see the dimensional effect a little better. I hope those instructions were clear enough!

 The shops all lit up.

 On the other side of the street, I did the windows in the shops but not any dimensional work. I did cut the General Store door open, though, for interest. As you can see, you can add all sorts of little details. You can even make your own sign of your favorite shop to cover the signs on mine:)

Each piece of the village has a "left" and "right" indicated, and the short ends are to be glued behind the Meeting House, which is the middle of the village. Above, you can see what it looks like all put together.

Now for that walk down the street to see the shop lights! I put a short string of Christmas tree lights behind my village (they had small boxes of lights at the Dollar store).





Here I put the lights in front, so you may perhaps be able to see the glitter "snow" all over everything, and the glitter "stars" in the sky. I used big chunky white glitter, but I'm sure super find glitter would be very beautiful too!

Again, the Shops for the sides of the village are here. Once you are on the document page, look for "File" and then click "print." Print out on card stock.

Stay tuned for the rest of the village!

The meeting house is here.
The houses for the village are here.
For the post on the woods (that came with the meeting house page) click here.
The farm in the country is here.
New! Mountain background and skating figure here.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas Village part one: The Meeting House (updated with glitter and glow)




This is the first installment of an easy, printable Christmas village for you!
There will be a street of shops, a street of houses, and even some countryside.
Today is the Meeting house, which is in the center of the village. You can cut out the woods, too, but they will be used later on.

(do not print this photo; the high-resolution PDF to print out on card stock is here.)

This is what they are supposed to look like once you have cut them out:

Fold the way that is indicated on the print-out, and you will see that they will stand up on their own.

Printing them on heavy card stock will help them stand, but make sure to also put them in a draft-free place!

Here is what I did with mine:

You can color this with colored pencils, markers, or crayons, whatever you want. I colored mine in with markers, and chose to do a "It was a dark and starry night" theme so my sky is a darker blue. You could use a very light blue for the sky, or leave the sky white and glitter it with snow.

Next, I glittered it:
The "snow" is on the hill behind the gazebo, the ground, the roof and steeple of the church, the trees, and the street, and in the sky.

You can leave it colored and glittered, but if you want to put a string of lights behind your village, here is a way to make your village "glow:"

Before I put on the glitter, I made a color copy of my meeting house on plain typing paper. You can also print out a paper copy of the meeting house and color in the windows by hand.

Then, I cut out the windows on the card-stock copy, and glued the paper copy behind, lining it up with the windows:
(hope you can see that strip of paper glued on the back).

Now, when I turn off the lights in the room, except for the one behind the meeting house, I get a delightful glow through the windows:

You could also cut out the windows, and glue tissue-paper behind the window-holes, or just plain paper.

Another idea to make you village extra special, is to make several copies of each piece on card stock, cut out elements from each one, and layer them with foam tape or glue dots on a master copy. You would end up with a dimensional effect. On the meeting house, you could do the door that way, or the roof.

Make it as simple or as elaborate as you please! Enjoy and stay tuned for more!

The PDF of the Meeting House and Woods to print out on card stock is here.

For part two of the village (the shops that connect to the Meeting House) click here.
For part three of the village (the houses) click here
For part four, the post on the woods (that come with this printable) click here.
For part five (the farm in the country) click here.
New! Mountain background and skating figure here
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