Christmas Village Candle Houses (for LED candles) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Christmas Village Candle Houses Kids Craft (for LED candles)

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2015 Blog Event – see a list of all the posts HERE)

Hello! Today I’m sharing these lovely Christmas Village Candle Houses. I’ve called this a kids craft as my children made these, but I’m sure grown-ups will enjoy making them as well – I’m certainly tempted to make a few of my own!

Christmas Village Candle Houses (for LED candles) at Jennifer Grace Creates

I do want to point out straight away that these are for LED candles – the battery powered, flameless, kind. DO NOT put normal candles in these as you will start a fire – those roofs would burn up nicely.

That’s the safety message out of the way!

My kids had great fun making these and now they want to play with them, but I’m trying to keep them out of their reach so we can have them on display at Christmas. I know they will become a toy as soon as Christmas day has passed though, so you could always just make these as toy houses instead of candle ones. I just want to have a Christmas village to display this year!

If you want to make some of your own, here’s how to create them…

Step 1: Find some cardboard tubes, cut them to the size you want your houses to be, and make some initial holes for where the windows will be, to help you get your scissors in. I did all of this step before the kids came to the table, as I knew the card would be too tough for them to get their scissors through without a starting hole. I used a Big Shot to punch the initial holes:

Christmas Village Candle Houses Kids Craft

You could also use a paper piercer or sharp scissors to make those first cuts, just be careful not to pierce your hands – you could put a lump of blue tack or playdoh at the back of the place where you are going to make the hole, to give you something to press onto.

Step 2: Call the kids in, if you are doing this with kids who can use scissors, and put them to work making the windows larger. I wasn’t expecting Cheeky Boy (age 4) to be able to do much, but he came up with an amazing star-shaped design, that obviously isn’t neat and tidy, but it let the light out and it’s all his own work. Look how much they were both concentrating:

Christmas Village Candle Houses Kids Craft

Christmas Village Candle Houses Kids Craft

Step 3: You can do this bit later, but I wanted to get it out of the way before we got messy, and I thought it might help with the next step – choose which papers you will use for your roofs:

Christmas Village Candle Houses Kids Craft

Step 4: Start painting your houses. I thought we’d paint depending on what colour the roofs would be, but the kids found it more fun to paint what they wanted and then decide which roof would go on which house later. I let them go with the flow. Make sure you protect your work surface and wear aprons, if you want to. I did neither because our table is too covered in stains to worry about, and I couldn’t find the aprons! We used kids craft paint so it washes off easily anyway:

Christmas Village Candle Houses Kids Craft

We painted most houses with one coat of paint, except white which needed 2 coats. Actually it probably needed 3 coats but the kids didn’t want to paint them again!

Step 5: While the paint is drying (which could take all night depending on your paint) you can prepare the roofs. Our circles were 10cm (4″) in diameter, I got the kids to draw around some Ikea cork coasters of that size, onto the back of the papers they’d chosen for their roofs:

Christmas Village Candle Houses Kids Craft

Cheeky boy’s circles were way out. Below you can see one of his circles on the left, and one I’d helped him to correct on the right. At least he was having a go:

Christmas Village Candle Houses Kids Craft

Step 6: Cut your circles out, then cut a piece-of-pie styled chunk out of them (it doesn’t need to be a certain measurement, just eye-ball it). Cheeky boy also can’t cut in circles. The blue one second from left was one he’d cut, and it was too small, so I re-cut a blue one for him, and a red one. The one on the bottom left, which looks white (but is green patterned paper on the other side) he’d managed to cut outside of the circle, in a very jagged way, so I left that one as it was. I cut the pie-pieces out for him after I took this photo too. Little Miss did it all herself, after I showed her an example of the pie-piece:

Christmas Village Candle Houses Kids Craft

Step 7: To make the roofs into a cone shape, put adhesive on one edge of the pie-piece hole, then flip the roof over and put adhesive on the other edge of the pie-piece hole:

Christmas Village Candle Houses Kids Craft

Step 8: Bend the roof into a wide cone shape and stick the edges down. There will be a bit sticking out as we didn’t measure the pie-piece hole:

Christmas Village Candle Houses Kids Craft

Just trim off the excess using scissors:

Christmas Village Candle Houses Kids Craft

Cheeky Boy put the adhesive on his roofs but I did the bending and sticking.

Once the houses are all dry…

Christmas Village Candle Houses (for LED candles) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Stick the roofs on. I used a hot glue gun, just dotting a few blobs at the top of the house before pressing the roof on. Tacky glue would work too, but I wanted it to dry fast:

Christmas Village Candle Houses (for LED candles) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 10: Draw on some details. I actually left the room and went to do some housework while the kids did this bit, as if I’d stayed in the room I would have kept telling them to keep it neat and make it Christmassy, but really I wanted them to have fun and be creative. So I left them too it. Of course I did come back to find they’d got Sharpie pen marks on their clothes, but they had drawn some fabulous designs too:

Christmas Village Candle Houses (for LED candles) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Hopefully the Sharpie marks will come out after a few washes!

Step 11: The final step is to blob on some tacky glue, around the edges of the roofs, and the bases of the houses, or wherever you want, then tip on some white glitter. This is the step that makes them look like Christmas village houses. Then you just need to pop an LED candle inside, and sit back to admire the glow:

Christmas Village Candle Houses (for LED candles) at Jennifer Grace Creates

In the above photo you can also see how Cheeky Boy cut a door in one of his houses, when I wasn’t looking. It means you can see the candle inside, but not if you turn it around the other way!

Be Inspired:

Make a Christmas village house, or other Christmas decoration or embellishment, out of a cardboard tube

Cut or punch some star shapes

Tip white glitter on as a finishing touch to make a project wintry

Would you like to live in one of these cosy little houses?!

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I’ll be back tomorrow morning at 8am GMT!

Jennifer x

20 Comments
  • Giggles! Bit small for me….but they are super cute & a fabulous kids activity:) They remind me of Old Mother Hubbard…. & I have sooo many ‘odd’ stars that I’ve saved…..hmmmm….got me thinking!!

    November 10, 2015 at 9:44 am
  • Your kids have done a great job….they look really cool….a real fun activity.

    November 10, 2015 at 9:46 am
  • fab idea to use up the loo rolls that might lot end to make towers in the bathroom with rather than popping them into the recycling

    November 10, 2015 at 10:12 am
  • How cute. I like the tongue out in concentration in your photos. The kids look like they enjoyed this.

    November 10, 2015 at 11:04 am
  • KT Fit Kitty
    Reply

    Your kiddos are adorable! What a great craft for kids! I love how they turned out and it such a cute idea to light them!

    November 10, 2015 at 3:17 pm
  • What a fun family craft to do. These little houses could be year around! Great project!!

    November 10, 2015 at 5:51 pm
  • what I like most about your project is that you let the children do it ie it isn’t perfectly aligned or straight but made with lots of fun and filled with their ideas…great project for children

    November 10, 2015 at 7:54 pm
  • These are so fun! I love doing crafts with my kids and this would be an easy one to whip up! Thanks!

    November 10, 2015 at 7:59 pm
  • karenladd
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    I love seeing the photos of your children hard at work , designing their own little Christmas village! I also love upcycling and recycling household products so this is a great one for the kiddies. My 5 year old granddaughter would enjoy making one or two houses of her own!

    November 10, 2015 at 8:12 pm
  • so cute… yep… love the tongue hanging out concentration too! I’m sure children would love few fairies would love to live in these! Innovative idea to get little hands busy and minds creative!

    November 10, 2015 at 10:32 pm
  • Denise Bryant
    Reply

    How cute are these? Such a fun project for the kids, but you’re right… I think they’d be fun to make too!

    November 11, 2015 at 12:19 am
  • mycreativemakings
    Reply

    Haha, I was totally with you when it comes to walking away while they create themselves…..that temptation to always correct and get the kids to be neater is so bad.
    And my boys too would want to play with the houses afterwards to, preferring Lego men to be popped inside inside of (boring) tea lights LOL,

    Brilliant project for the children though, and a wonderful memories and stories to remember about the display over the Christmas time.

    November 11, 2015 at 12:30 am
  • Jackie Edwards
    Reply

    Lovely craft for the children…they look like they are so enjoying themselves!! Great idea with the candle lights!

    November 11, 2015 at 11:04 am
  • They do look very busy and have done a wonderful job with these little houses……..super cute.

    November 12, 2015 at 7:32 pm
  • I just printed out this entire post and my 5 yr old granddaughter helped put the pages together into a book by hole punching and making chenille stem “rings”. That part was a fun as the craft is going to be! lol…. She is changing (out of a shiny and puffy pumpkin costume) into crafting clothes right now so we can get started!! 🙂
    Thanks for this great idea!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

    November 13, 2015 at 1:38 am
  • Such a wonderful craft Jennifer. Your children must have really had fun creating this and what pride they must feel! Well done.

    November 15, 2015 at 4:45 pm
  • hmmm… I am having an idea of making a hollow tree with woodland critters living in the “holes”… not sure how the candle light fits in, but I think it will be cute. I even have a tree bark embossing folder that I might use to wrap the outside! You’ve got me thinking again!

    November 20, 2015 at 1:53 am
  • This looks great fun for the kiddos – I’m passing this on to our Summer Reading Programme co-ordinator to consider for a crafting activity.

    November 22, 2015 at 5:24 am
  • Gerri Tennant
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    Love these and it has given me the idea to make a nativity set along the same lines.

    November 24, 2015 at 7:47 pm
  • Adorable!! Loved the expression on their faces while they were crafting

    December 4, 2015 at 1:25 pm

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