It’s amazing what you can make out of a recycled cardboard tube. Take this little Christmas village for example. I only have six buildings here, but imagine how expansive it could be! What an awesome classroom craft this would make, with every child making one building. You’d have a huge village to display for the holidays.
As a child I always went with my family to my aunt’s house for the holidays. At Christmas she had a huge display of beautiful houses, a post office, general store, and a church. It was gorgeous, but completely off limits to small hands. We were allowed to look, but not touch. I remember wanting my own village because it just seemed so magical!
I’ve always had that memory in the back of my mind, so I set out to recreate a holiday winter village that even little hands could touch. In fact, one that would need little hands to create it!
Sure, mom (or a big brother or sister) may need to help a little with the details, but this project has a “please touch” rule!
Start off by cutting the cardboard tubes in half, in thirds, etc. In other words, make varying heights so all the buildings aren’t the same size.
Use white construction paper to make the outside of the building. Use a glue stick to add construction paper windows and doors.
Don’t worry if you made the paper too big, just tuck it inside the tube.
Make rooves by rolling construction paper into cones. You can make trees that way too, then decorate them with white craft glue and glitter!
Sky’s the limit. Make however many you want, however many make you happy. And kids, don’t be surprised if mom sits right alongside you making her own village. It’s fun for crafty adults too!