A Christmas village can be a lot of fun to put together since you will be choosing each and every piece, from the people and shops to the trees and ice skating rinks.
You can even turn your village into a shabby chic one that looks like an old-fashioned Victorian village during Christmas.
To round out your room, I included a village on our mantel. Check it out here.
Use Pink, White, and Light Blue Houses
Many Christmas villages use old-fashioned houses and buildings, but they are often made with red brick woods, yellow shutters on the windows, or other colorful accents.
While they make for a beautiful and bright village, they aren’t the best options for a truly shabby chic Christmas village.
Instead, consider using all white or pastel-colored houses and buildings to match the rest of your shabby chic Christmas décor.
You may also do what we did and spray paint them any color that you want!
We chose white this year to blend with my white and gold Christmas décor but we can easily change colors every year depending on the mood.
Find Victorian-Style Cottages
The overall style of the houses, as well as the color scheme, also make them fit more of a shabby chic style.
Shabby chic and Victorian styles are often closely matched, so try to find small cottages in your village with an old Victorian look.
Things like pointed roofs, bay windows, and brick roofs are good options for this particular style.
You can find these houses at any superstore for $15 to $20 or more; however, we found ours at a local flea market for only $3 each and they were all ceramic.
There were so many to choose from but I only needed 3 for my project.
Look For People in Old-Fashioned Clothing
The people you choose to place around the Christmas village can also represent your desired shabby chic style.
Luckily, the majority of figures that are sold with other Christmas village stuff already have the old-fashioned clothing style you are probably looking for.
However, pay attention to what they are wearing so they fit in well with your shabby chic style.
For villages, a combination of young and older adults, elderly, children and babies, and pets are good to have a full community.
I didn’t purchase any people for a community because I just wanted a few houses on my mantle. However, the people inside the houses were all dressed in old-fashioned clothing.
Use a Lot of Snow
Having plenty of snow is essential to any type of Christmas village, but especially one meant to have a shabby chic look.
Shabby chic has a lot of white in most of its décor, so by adding more snow around your village, you really allow it to have that natural shabby chic look.
Add snow on the ground, cover trees and rooftops with it, and sprinkle it around so little bits of snow look to be dropping on the figures and other decorative elements.
If you watch my Facebook Lives, you also saw the glitter that I sprinkled on the roofs to give the snow a little more sparkle!
Add Bottle Brush Trees
Having some scenery is good for a village so it isn’t just people and buildings. Trees are essential, but they are often dark green trees. Bottlebrush trees are ideal because while they often come in green, they are very easy to spray paint other colors.
Go for a fun look by spray painting them all in a white or silver color, then scattering them around.
You can also add some thread to wrap around the trees. That will give them an extra special Christmas feel.