Creating Something New From Something Old Today……..

There’s nothing I enjoy more than taking something old and making it new again.  Ok, that sounds like an overused cliche, but it’s true!  I like to repurpose old things into things I can use again.

While I was digging through my Christmas decorations, I ran across a little village of houses that I collected quite a few  (around 30+) years ago.  I think a lot of people had them too.  We arranged them on cotton to represent an idealistic little village, turned on their little lights and they were perfect decorations for this time of the year.  This is much larger than my village, but it’s the same concept from Pinterest.



I couldn’t part with these little houses because they contain sweet memories – my mom gave me the church that she bought on one of her trips, and my children were small when we used these houses for Christmas decorations.  One is even a candle fashioned into a school (you can even see  the wick in the third picture).  Since I’m a teacher, it was a perfect addition to the group.

I pulled out my white acrylic paint and small brush and after cleaning the dust from these little treasures, I painted each with a couple of coats. These look similar to glitter houses, but I’m really tired of glitter coming off my other decorations, so I left these plain.


The paint adhered well (even to the candle!) and after quick coats and drying time, I was able to arrange these little houses into my Christmas decorations.

I also added epsom salt “snow” to a silver  tray and added another small village and bottle brush trees to the guest bedroom.



This is the little church that looks so sweet in its prominent place in my kitchen. I think mama would be proud!


This project was a quick and cheap way to dress up something old!


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