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DIY Christmas Village Makeover For Less Than $10

If you love neutral farmhouse Christmas decor, you’re going to love this DIY Christmas Village that gets an easy makeover! You’ll be headed straight to the thrift store to find your own village to makeover! 

Have you ever had one of those amazing thrift store finds? You know what I’m talking about, right? 

One that literally stops you in your tracks and you have to pick your jaw up off of the floor because the price and everything are just too good to be true. You can instantly picture the item upcycled and styled in your home. 

Well, that’s what happened last year just after Christmas when I walked past this miniature Christmas village set for NINETY PERCENT OFF. Yes, that’s right. I was only going to need to pay 10% of the original price to have this little village come home with me. 

This mini Christmas village is the perfect DIY Christmas decoration project

There was actually a lot more to this little village, but I knew I didn’t want to store something too big, so I walked away with about a half dozen pieces that were just perfect. 

And I think I spent….maybe two or three dollars tops. Crazy, right?

There is something really charming about the way they were original with all of the colors, but I knew I would love them even more with the white coat of spray paint. 

Doing an easy spray paint makeover to this DIY Christmas village made them fit in perfectly with my existing Christmas decor, which has more of a farmhouse style.  

An adorable hand painted mini train station is part of this DIY mini Christmas village

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Supplies for DIY Mini Christmas Village: 

Step 1. Clean village figurines. 

If the village is dirty or dusty, you want to be sure to clear well before painting. You can do this one of two ways – either in the sink with soap and water or with a spray all-purpose cleaner and a rag. Either method should work fine. Just be sure that they dry thoroughly before painting. 

Mini Christmas village buildings spray painted white

Step 2. Spray paint Christmas village. 

Yes, that’s it really. I feel kind of silly for even doing a DIY tutorial for this one because it’s SO darn simple! 

This easy DIY Christmas village is so simple, and it's the perfect Christmas decor

I did several light coats of this white primer followed by this spray paint on the village and it worked great! 

This all white Christmas village is perfect for a clean, white Christmas theme, and an easy Christmas DIY

The spray paint really makes this DIY Christmas Village come to life again and instantly updates it so that it fits right in with farmhouse Christmas decorations

My mini Christmas village fits in perfectly on our Christmas decor shelf

Just look how cute it looks on my living room shelves

A mini Christmas village displayed on a Christmas themed shelf

The vintage books stacked up in the back provide the perfect height variation to put some books up there for a 2nd level. Mixed in with some vintage bottle brush trees that I picked up at a garage sale a few years ago, it’s just so cute! 

Related – Need some help styling shelves? You’ve got to read this post about How To Decorate Shelves

This all white mini Christmas village is the perfect addition to our Christmas shelf

I love the way our cute new personalized Christmas stockings from this Etsy shop frame the mini village. 

What’s the best deal you’ve ever found at the thrift store? 

Let me know in the comments below! 

How to make a simple all-white Christmas village with in just two simple steps.
How To Make A DIY Christmas Village Makeover

How To Make A DIY Christmas Village Makeover

Yield: 1
Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $10

If you love neutral farmhouse decor, you'll love this simple DIY mini Christmas village craft! Turn a classic Christmas village into a snow-covered Christmas scene in just 2 simple steps.



  1. Clean village figurines
  2. Spray paint Christmas village

3 thoughts on “DIY Christmas Village Makeover For Less Than $10

  1. I did this years ago with exactly that, thrifted houses, churches, etc. I went a bit further and added I think it was German glitter glass to the tops and where ever it fell and they are perfect! So much easier than trying to match colors and styles.

  2. P.S. I forgot to mention that years ago I was able to pick these up for 25 cents up to 2.00. Today they are much pricier but even still, much cheaper than buying new ones! I love that little covered bridge you display and you just gave me a wonderful idea to add to my houses. They do in fact, make perfect farmhouse decor!

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