Recycled Christmas Village

I have fond memories of decorating gingerbread houses with my cousins on Thanksgiving weekend. It’s a fun tradition, except for the whole baking a bunch of gingerbread thing, but that’s not something a kid has to worry about (just one good example of why the holidays are more fun for kids vs. adults). Though now that I’m the mom tasked with all that baking, those gingerbread houses were an endangered tradition. Then there was the lightbulb moment… let’s turn our old cereal boxes into houses, like so:

Make a Christmas Village with Recycled Boxes and wrapping paper -- free printable windows and more at

So we dug through our recycle bin and pulled out various boxes and cartons to be the “gingerbread” in our Christmas village.


Wrapping House with Scrapbook Paper

We used both wrapping paper and scrapbook paper to cover he boxes. Ultimately we decided the wrapping paper was easiest, not to mention readily available this time of year!

Craft Stuff

My favorite part of this project is that we didn’t need to buy a single thing for it — Aimee and I grabbed everything red, green and white that was in our craft cupboards; added some candy canes, wrapping paper, tape, glue and scissors; then set to work with our little elves.


Clearly the kids were having a ball, but even our Superdads were getting in on the fun of playing architect.

Liam's Modern House

I love Liam’s modern house featuring the printable windows we whipped up. Of course we’re sharing the freebie printable windows in 4 colors!

Fun House Details

I love the mini candy cane bunting — we’ve got a freebie printable of that for you too!

ChristmasVillage 1

ChristmasVillage 2

Lots of fun details in these houses — which is your favorite?


About Bettijo

Bettijo is a co-founder and designer here at Paging Supermom. More importantly, she is a mother of four -- three girls and a boy. During quieter moments, she enjoys art, retro-modern design, photography and making new things. In 2003 Bettijo founded an organic bath and spa products brand, Bath By Bettijo, which has been regularly featured in national magazines including Real Simple, Martha Stewart Living, Whole Living, O, EveryDay with Rachel Ray, Health, Lucky, Shape and more.


33 Responses to Recycled Christmas Village
  1. Mary Nesset says:

    Love this, girls!! How super cute is this?? What a fantastic idea! I’ll definately be sharing this one… Merry Christmas! :) Ooh…and my favorite…the tall one with the peppermints around the door. :)

  2. Leanne cyr says:

    Your family did an amazing job on the village!! Wonderful that you’ve recycled all those cereal boxes. :) Merry Christmas.

  3. Alicia W. says:

    What a fun idea! Too bad we have been using all our boxes for gift wrapping…

    • blank Bettijo says:

      I should do that also! Surprised I never thought of that — but then we ususally have a bit of a surplus of shipping boxes from my Bath By Bettijo business.

  4. Erika says:

    Great idea!! Although I too use all my leftover boxes for gift wrapping…it’s now a standard joke…”Yay, I got cereal!”

    I’ll have to keep some extras out though, such a cute activity!

    • blank Bettijo says:

      We actually didn’t have to “save” many really we had tons of boxes in our bin to spare, but maybe it had just been a bit too long since I’d taken my recycling out ;)

  5. Patrice Boggs says:

    This could be a really fun last-week-of-school activity for 5th graders too. I’d love to see my class as a whole village!

  6. Debbie S. says:

    What a great idea! Will have to try this.

  7. Laura Lien says:

    What fun. I remember getting the kids big utility size boxes and cutting doors and windows and letting them decorate them all up.

  8. Heather says:

    Love this! I can’t keep my sons’ hands OFF of our ceramic village pieces, but this would be a GREAT substitute…AND they could help build it! AWESOME.

  9. Debbie says:

    Wow! So adorable. I never in a million years would have thought of this. How creative. I will have to try this next year.

  10. These are adorable! I wish I had looked at this post in detail before Christmas. Next year….

  11. Spark*Amy says:

    I love this idea! Those little lights on one house are adorable! Thanks so much for the printables. I’ve been putting away boxes instead of in the recycle bin to do this this year!

  12. MiMi3504 says:

    What a great idea, love it. Great for my Grandchildren to play with their dolls. May change decor for everyday use.

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    These are the cutest.. I so want to make with my son.. I should start collecting these boxes now.. :) Thanks for the idea!

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