Decorating DIY

Ceramic Christmas village made new!

I’m happy to be part of a Thrift Store Challenge again this month! Thank you Emily and Tara for hosting! Don’t forget to check out what my fellow bloggers have to share, at the end of my post!

I thought I would share my little ceramic village I transformed! Every time I go to the thrift store around Christmas time, I can usually find these little houses on the shelves. I love little houses, so I was eager to transform these little cuties to better suit my decor! (I purchased these for a total of $10)

I started my painted them with Rustoleum spray paint in Champagne Pink I had this left over from my sconce project. It’s such a pretty colour, and has a nice sheen to it! The hardest part was making sure I sprayed every little nook and cranny!

After they were dry, I brought them in the house to add the snow and glitter.

I found a recipe for snow on Pinterest.

In a bowl, I mixed

  • 1/2 cup baking soda,
  • 1 tablespoon Mod Podge
  • 1 tablespoon white acrylic paint

If your consistency is too runny, just add a little more baking soda, and if it’s too thick, just add a small amt of water. You want it on to be somewhat thick. Then start dabbing it on your roofs to form snow. I could tell where the snow was on my little houses because there were raised areas.

If your houses don’t have these, just dab on where snow would fall naturally. As this mixture sits and dries, it will puff up! I used a hair dryer on low to speed up the process. If you make a mistake, just wash it off and start again (I know this from experience)

Once the snow was puffed up somewhat, I added another layer on top. This made it look like snow drifts. You don’t need to do this, I was just experimenting. Let the snow dry completely. I left mine for a week, because I had a few other projects on the go.

Once they are completely dry, I brushed on Mod Podge on the snow and added some glitter. I found these tiny wreaths at Michael’s craft store. They were the perfect touch!! If you can’t find any, you could make your own out of pipe cleaners and beads!!!

The village now sits on a vintage tray in my dining room. I placed a washcloth under the church, to raise it up a bit…that’s a little trick I do to make it look more interesting than just houses on a flat surface. And of course, a village wouldn’t be complete without some trees! My grandmas ceramic Christmas trees worked perfectly!

I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy transformation! As always, thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out all of the talented bloggers I have tagged below!!

Emily – LeCultivateur
Tara – Stilettos and Shiplap
Jodi – The House House
Dori – This Full Life

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20 Comments

  1. Tracey this is absolutely gorgeous. I’m jealous because I had beautiful larger houses and ditched them when my decor style changed years ago. Wish I saved them and didn’t ditch them five years ago.

    Love the snow and the drifts you created. Gorgeous my friend.

    Cindy

    1. Tracey says:

      Oh thank you so much Cindy!!! I appreciate your kind words!! xoxoxo

  2. Dori Turner says:

    I love this idea! What a pretty transformation!

    1. Tracey says:

      Thank you Dori!!

  3. This little village is adorable!! You are so creative! You have certainly made these little houses into a perfect little village!! I love your style so much!!!
    -emily

    1. Tracey says:

      Thank yo so much Emily! You are always so kind! xo

  4. Wow! These came out so good. I see these houses all the time at thrift stores. Now I’m inspired to transform some myself.

    1. Tracey says:

      Thanks so much Jodi!! Appreciate that!

  5. Marg KrienseLokker says:

    I love it Tracey!

    1. Tracey says:

      Thank you Marg!! xo

  6. I love the display of the little village and the pink color. I look forward to everything you share! Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!

    1. Tracey says:

      Thank you so much Sue!! I appreciate that so much! We have had our Thanksgiving in October, but you have a wonderful holiday my friend! xo

  7. Kathleen says:

    I love the way this turned out. Itโ€™s such a pretty color. I had never heard of the snow recipe, I really like the way it looks. Need to pin the recipe!

    1. Tracey says:

      Thanks Kathleen! I was really happy how the snow puffed as well! And I like that it uses ingredients you have in the house already!!

  8. I love this, Tracey, and especially the puffy snow you applied to the roof! Iโ€™m definitely going to be trying that very soon. Thanks so much for sharing.

    1. Tracey says:

      Thanks so much Tara!! I appreciate that!! xo

  9. Tricia says:

    Hi Tracey
    What a great idea! They look so pretty. I’m going to be searching my cupboards /charity shops now to do the same!
    Tricia

    1. Tracey says:

      Oh yay! Thatโ€™s great Tricia!! Have fun!! X0

  10. Lynnie says:

    Sooooo pretty ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•. Love little houses of all kinds! Great idea! I wonder who I could get to do some up for me hehe?? Wink wink. Xo

    1. Tracey says:

      I love little houses too! And I canโ€™t wait to get at yours! ๐Ÿ’—

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