Magical Village-Themed Christmas Wreath


Photography by: Johnny Miller

An evergreen wreath becomes an enchanted forest setting for a wintry village.

Every winter, crafts executive director Hannah Milman takes a trip to Christmasworld. That may sound like a fantastical place, but it’s very real indeed: The holiday-theme trade show in Frankfurt, Germany, features exhibitors with all manner of yuletide trimmings. On a recent trip, Milman was particularly charmed by a wreath she saw; it was decorated with miniature porcelain buildings by Luville Collectables.


The inspiring image stayed with her, so she decided to create her own wreath using vintage cardboard buildings known as putz houses. She paired them with bottlebrush trees, mini deer and skiers from a model shop, and drifts of cotton snow. Home(s) for the holidays, indeed.

Assemble the Wreath

Glitter the Trees

“Renovate” the Houses


Photography by: Johnny Miller

Let a single house shine by making a display in a wide-mouthed jar. First put in the cotton, then the house, then trees and deer, all with dabs of craft glue on the bottom to hold their bases in place.

Sources for All Three Projects

Alaskan Spruce artificial wreath with pinecones, by Martha Stewart Living, 30 inches, $40,
Multisurface Satin Craft Paint, in Habanero, Pink Dahlia, Wedding Cake, Pool, and Diving Board, $2 for 2 ounces; Crystal fine and coarse glitter, Sterling fine glitter, and Florentine Gold fine glitter, $6 for 1.48 ounces each; and craft glue, $3 for 4 ounces, by Martha Stewart Crafts,
White and green bottlebrush trees, from $2 a set,
Evergreen trees, 2 inches to 3 1/2 inches, $10 for 5,
Reindeer moss, $17 for 11 ounces,
HO-scale models, from $11 a set,