This plastic canvas Christmas village house is the perfect abode for Santa and Mrs. Claus! Keep reading to learn how I made it.
I have been a longtime fan of Department 56’s North Pole Village. However, as a fairly frugal mom who prefers a homemade Christmas to anything store-bought, I can’t stomach the $75 to $100 price tag for the Dept. 56 village buildings. So what’s a thrifty girl to do? Make her own of course!
Over the years I have been collecting plastic canvas Christmas village patterns and adapting them for use to make my own North Pole village. Each year I make a new building or two to add to the display. So I thought over the month of December, I would share each plastic canvas village building I have made, as well as how I decorated it.
We have a ginormous Ikea Kallax bookshelf in our living room to house our sizable book and DVD library. So during December, I clear out some of the compartments and set up my village. Each compartment on the bookshelf is the perfect size for making a little scene with one house, a figurine, and some bottle brush trees.
Since it is a North Pole village, I thought it was only fitting that I start with Santa’s house – or Claus Chalet as I have dubbed it! Part of the fun of a DIY North Pole village is coming up with cute little names for the buildings, don’t ya know!
To make Claus Chalet, I used the Plastic Canvas Santa’s Village pattern book by Carol Wilson Mansfield. It is out of print now, but there are always a few copies on Amazon. So that’s a great place to start your search for this pattern book if you want to make your own North Pole plastic canvas Christmas village.
I used the Santa’s House pattern in the book and pretty much followed it to a T, except for the color of the yarn in the windows.
After I stitched and assembled the house, then came the fun part – decorating it! I started with a pulled apart cotton ball to represent smoke coming out of the chimney.
I glued a strand of miniature Christmas lights along the roof line. (You can find miniature Christmas lights in the dollhouse section of most bigger craft stores.) I also added a peppermint charm to the front of the house in the point near the roof and added a bead for the door handle.
I printed a Claus Chalet sign on my computer, cut it out, and laminated it before I glued it over the door.
The pattern already had white spots on the roof to represent snow, but I wanted it to look extra snowy. So I used a 1:1 mixture of white glue and water and painted it over the white areas on the roof. Then I sprinkled those areas liberally with iridescent glitter, shook off the excess, and let it dry.
The Plastic Canvas Santa’s Village pattern book also comes with patterns for Santa’s sleigh and a mailbox, so I made both of those as well.
I found little miniature presents and teddy bears in the miniatures section at my local craft shop so I got those to fill Santa’s sleigh.
I filled the little mailbox with miniature Christmas cards. I used some of the 1/12 scale free printables for Christmas cards from Print Mini to fill the mailbox.
Although I don’t buy the houses, I do splurge and get the Department 56 North Pole village figurines to go with my displays. I can usually find a reasonably priced figurine that goes with my plastic canvas village building by looking on Amazon or eBay.
The figures I used with my Claus Chalet are the Department 56 North Pole Santa and Mrs. Claus figurine set.
To finish off each display, I bought a bag of fiber fill, pulled it apart to look like snow, and placed it around the building and figures. (You can also use white felt beneath your building if you don’t want to mess with the fiber fill.)
You can sprinkle some white glitter on top of the faux snow to give it some sparkle if you like, but I found that it wasn’t worth the mess to clean up after I took my village displays down after Christmas. I also add a few 3-4″ bottle brush trees.
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I hope you enjoyed seeing the first building in my plastic canvas Christmas village display. Be sure to check back to see more of my village displays in the days leading up to Christmas. Happy Crafting!