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Make your own Christmas village to decorate this holiday, using just paint and this tutorial for a Dollar Tree Christmas Village Update.

Dollar Tree painted Christmas village craft

This 2-in-1 tutorial will walk you through how to easily customize a Dollar Tree Christmas village (using just paint) in two different styles.

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The Christmas villages at Dollar Tree are a holiday staple, and I recently managed to grab two villages on a recent shopping trip.

lets paint Dollar Tree Christmas villages

I decided to go two totally different directions with my village crafts. One village became a Gingerbread village, and the other one got a high-end update with dark green and antique gold paint.

In this tutorial, I’ll guide you through the process of updating these Dollar Tree finds to create a beautiful and budget-friendly Christmas village.

Let’s get painting!

Video Tutorial

Watch this quick video to see how this craft came together:

Dollar Store painted Christmas village craft

(2-in-1) Dollar Tree Christmas Village Update

Yield: 1 Christmas villages

This 2-in-1 tutorial will walk you through how to easily customize a Dollar Tree Christmas village (using just paint) in two different styles.


  • Christmas Village (Dollar Tree, there are 6 different buildings)
  • Primer spray paint (flat white)
  • Folk Art Matte Paint (coffee latte)
  • Chalk paint (white)
  • Rustoleum spray paint (hunt club green)
  • Antique gold rub-n-buff paint


  • 1" flat paintbrush
  • Quarter-inch flat paintbrush
  • Fine point paintbrush


Watch the video tutorial before you begin. Let that be your visual guide for this project.

Option 1 (Brown & White Gingerbread Houses):

1. Prime the gingerbread houses. Take the gingerbread houses outside (for the best ventilation) and give each a nice coat of primer spray paint. It doesn't have to be perfect coverage, but enough to give your paint something to stick to. apply a coat of white spray primer to village pieces
2. Paint the prepared houses. Use a pouncing motion to avoid brush strokes and be prepared to paint at least 2 coats.
3. Add details to the houses. Using a quarter-inch flat paintbrush, add a white trim to the windows (this will take some time).
4. Add additional details. Use your fine-point paintbrush to add additional elements like door knobs, wreaths on the door, icicles, checkered patterns on windows, or snowcaps on the roof.

Option 2 (Green & Gold Houses):

1. Spray gingerbread houses. Using the hunt club green Rustoleum spray paint, apply a coat to the gingerbread houses. Be sure to get complete coverage, allowing the paint to dry between coats.
2. Add details with gold paint. Similar to the brown and white houses, add finishing touches using the gold paint and the quarter-inch flat brush. Embellish various architectural details and vary how heaving you apply the paint to create visual interest. paint architectural details with gold paint


Do a Google Image Search for "gingerbread houses" to get inspiration for decorating yours.

The finished dollar store Christmas villages:

green and gold Christmas village craft
painted gingerbread village dollar store craft

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Dollar Store Christmas Village Crafts


  1. Hi Aimee,
    You’ve done many cute C’mas crafts but this is my favorite. I especially love the green ones and am inspired to make a village of my own – of course, no dollar tree in the area has the sets.
    Thanks for the written instructions.

  2. love both sets of the villages….the green has a warmer feeling to it and the brown has a gingerbread feel to it….both are so very nice though

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