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Magical Village-Themed Christmas Wreath

Create a charming scene with tiny cardboard houses and bottlebrush trees -- they’re a cinch to spruce up for the season.

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Photography by: Johnny Miller
An evergreen wreath becomes an enchanted forest setting for a wintry village.

Every winter, crafts executive director Hannah Milman takes a trip to Christmasworld. That may sound like a fantastical place, but it’s very real indeed: The holiday-theme trade show in Frankfurt, Germany, features exhibitors with all manner of yuletide trimmings. On a recent trip, Milman was particularly charmed by a wreath she saw; it was decorated with miniature porcelain buildings by Luville Collectables.

 

The inspiring image stayed with her, so she decided to create her own wreath using vintage cardboard buildings known as putz houses. She paired them with bottlebrush trees, mini deer and skiers from a model shop, and drifts of cotton snow. Home(s) for the holidays, indeed.

Assemble the Wreath
Glitter the Trees
"Renovate" the Houses
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Photography by: Johnny Miller
Let a single house shine by making a display in a wide-mouthed jar. First put in the cotton, then the house, then trees and deer, all with dabs of craft glue on the bottom to hold their bases in place.

Sources for All Three Projects

Alaskan Spruce artificial wreath with pinecones, by Martha Stewart Living, 30 inches, $40, homedepot.com
Multisurface Satin Craft Paint, in Habanero, Pink Dahlia, Wedding Cake, Pool, and Diving Board, $2 for 2 ounces; Crystal fine and coarse glitter, Sterling fine glitter, and Florentine Gold fine glitter, $6 for 1.48 ounces each; and craft glue, $3 for 4 ounces, by Martha Stewart Crafts, michaels.com
White and green bottlebrush trees, from $2 a set, factorydirectcraft.com
Evergreen trees, 2 inches to 3 1/2 inches, $10 for 5, michaels.com
Reindeer moss, $17 for 11 ounces, save-on-crafts.com
HO-scale models, from $11 a set, reynaulds.com

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