DIY: Scandinavian winter shadow village

I absolutely love the look and simplicity of Norwegian and Swedish (i.e. IKEA which is all over our condo) winter decor. This lovely winter light display is a wonderful edition to your mantel or, if you’re like me, your fireplace. It’s easy to make and I’ve provided the stencil printout for you in Step 1 of this post.

Heres what you’ll need:

  • Scissors
  • White card stock (2 sheets)
  • Tape (scotch or masking)
  • Utility or X-Acto knife
  • Pencil
  • Slat of wood (16 inches long, less than an inch tall when laid flat)
  • 2 flameless tea light candles
  • 1 sheet printer paper

Step 1: Print your stencil – the tracings of the village should fit on to one sheet of printer paper. There are three pieces of the village but one you will repeat.


This is your printable!

Step 2: Cut out the pieces – cut the outline of the village pieces and use your utility knife to get all the windows and doors. Any place you see a dot in the middle (underneath The bird house doesn’t have a dot but cut that out too) means you’ll have to cut out with your knife rather than the scissors.

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Step 3: Trace – use the cutouts from the printer paper and traces them onto your card stock. Trace the village piece that has only one house and a lot of mountain twice. This will be your background.

Step 4: Cut out your pieces – repeat basically what you did to Cut out your tracer. The part with the pencil showing will be flipped over so you can’t see it.

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Step 5: Tape – now you have all your pieces it’s time to tape them to your wood. Tape the picee with the church and the piece with the animals to the front of the wood, covering the from part of the slat. Next take the two hill pieces and tape them the same way on the other side of the wood. Make sure you stagger them so they can be seen well and will make for a good shawdow effect. It should look like something like this:

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Step 6: Let there be light! – place your candles on top of the wood between the two walls of paper. Make sure the lights are hidden behind the tallest part of the village.

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All done! Now just find a spot in your home to display your winter village to give your place a touch of Scandinavian charm. Sit back with some hot coco and enjoy the fruits of your craftiness! Happy decorating everyone!



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