If you’ve hung out around here at all during the holidays you know I can’t deal with packing and unpacking a bunch of red and green plastic bins full of Christmas decor every year. I’m part minimalist, part lazy and part if I’m gonna spend my hard-earned money, I want to enjoy it all year around, not just in December.
I pride myself in having one bin of tree decor and one bin of extra Christmas stuff. Two bins. That’s all I can handle.
And then I saw this image from Terrain…
..isn’t it just stunning?
Suddenly I wanted to have my own teeny tiny Christmas village complete with trees and tiny lights to secretly play with after the boys went to bed.
So I decided to see what I could make with what I already had.
I already had a bag of pretend snow from last year and a few white trees.
I found a little white ceramic house at Target and a white church at Hobby Lobby I spent about $10 total for those.
And after shopping around I finally found the perfect copper string lights sold in sets of four WITH batteries on Amazon for $8.99.
I didn’t want to have to purchase a big lantern, I had a few small ones but they were too small to hold the house and church. So, of course, I shopped my house and found this glass display box that I’ve been using in the barn. I stacked some white mugs and white paper at the bottom, covered it with pretend snow and then tucked in the church, house, trees and string lights.
Three things I love about this tiny village
- the biggest most expensive piece–the box, is something I use year around (plus I already had it!) shop your house and see what you already have that you can use–a lantern, an aquarium or fish bowl, a glass drink dispenser, a punch bowl? a large tray? a glass bowl? (a few things we had that I considered using)
- it’s contained, so I’m not at risk for buying 37 white ceramic houses when they go on sale in January, two is enough and more won’t fit. praise hands.
- I can change it up next year if I get bored or over it
I also popped in a tiny gold deer–I bought a pack of them years ago and use them on gifts, and sneak them in little places this time of year.
It’s a sweet little addition to our decor and one where I didn’t have to make any big commitments, go into debt or buy an extra plastic bin to store it in. The perfect Christmas decor for a lazy/cozy minimalist like me.
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