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DIY Project – Easy Christmas Town

Today is Sunday.  I was supposed to have a photoshoot, however the high today will be 50 degrees and with the wind chill, it will feel like 35 degrees!  I know in a good amount of the country, that’s not too cold, but in Texas, it’s chilly.  I really only take a very limited amount of paid sessions, so I would rather we reschedule for  a nicer day if the client is able to, and thankfully, today’s client was happy to reschedule the shoot.  So….I had a free day with the family.

My husband works a lot, and often from home.  For the Thanksgiving break – he was supposed to be on vacation from Wednesday through Sunday, but he had ‘Continuing Education’.  30 something hours of work he had to do over vacation.  Some vacation! – but that’s ok.  He got most of it done pretty quickly except for today……He sat at the computer most of the day (similar to me doing a few editing sessions).  I knew I needed something to do for both myself and the kids!

I ran out to Walmart.  Initially it was to pick up some quick photo props, however as I passed through the Christmas section, I got another idea for what we could do today.    Create an easy DIY Christmas Town.  (Again – I stress – EASY!)


House Gift boxes from Walmart – 1.75 each – I used six.

8 sheets scrapbooking paper

modpodge with sponge to apply it

Poster Frame


Christmas tree ornaments and/or any other item you may want to add – A lot of Christmas ornaments make cute additions.

Glue Gun


These are gift boxes I found that inspired the idea.  How easy and cute!

PINIMAGEAnd then I saw some Tree Christmas ornaments. PINIMAGE

Modpodge, scrapbook paper (8 sheets), trimmer, poster board frame, scissors and glue gun (not shown).  PINIMAGE

Really  you  could use any flat surface to adhere the paper to, but I found this multi-purpose poster frame at Walmart for $7.  I liked that it had plexiglass and a frame. PINIMAGE

Take the frames, plexiglass and paper off and you have a cardboard.  Put Modpodge on – then add your scrapbook paper.

PINIMAGEOK – Well for this project, I didn’t pay too much attention- bubbles all over.  You can push those out – and I could have tried a little harder, but I’m ok with this.  I trimmed the roads and cut the excess with scissors. PINIMAGE

Put it in the plexiglass frame.  (Edit – I would put some hot glue inside the frames before attaching them so they are secure.   I had to do that after the kids played with this for a while).PINIMAGE

With the glue gun, I added the houses and trees.  This is pretty bare bones, but we did this quickly yesterday.  I’ll probably add things like lights, and some more elements either this year or in future years.  I know you (espcially the scrapbookers) can be much more creative and detailed if you wanted to. PINIMAGE

Mikey couldn’t wait to get his cars to play!  He and a friend had a great time. PINIMAGE

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  • Stephanie Moore {Tucson AZ Photographer} - Oh my goodness look at you ms crafty, this is so awesome!!! I love the colors!

  • Laura - What an amazing fun project!!! Great job documenting this and letting us all know about it!

  • Kim Rollwitz - What%20fun%20and%20what%20a%20great%20idea.%20Love%20the%20last%20shots%20with%20little%20fingers%20showing%20holding%20the%20toy.

  • Kim Rollwitz - What fun and what a great idea. Love the last shots with little fingers showing holding the toy.

  • Krista Lund - i heart pinterest too! what a cool project!

  • Sarah Bunch - Such a cool project, Mary!! You are so creative. I love it!

  • Sarah Bunch - What a cool project, Mary! I love this idea. So creative!

  • Tara Carman - So cute and crafty! My 3 year old son is quite impressed, too. 🙂

  • Carrie Terrones (Las Vegas Photographer) - Such a great idea…love the thought and creativity that went into this project!

  • Christine - Super cute and creative!

  • Melinda - Such a cute idea Mary! I know the kids had fun putting it together.

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