Starry Background for Christmas Village

I love collecting those little Christmas Villages but I don’t like just having my china hutch as the background so I decided to create a starry backdrop.  It’s really simple and makes your village that much more special.

What You’ll Need:

  • measuring tape
  • 2 all-black 20 x 30 inch foam boards, should be at least 1/4 thick
  • 2 yards black tulle
  • balsa wood strip (at least 2 inch wide and about 1/8 inch thick)
  • 1 strand of 50 white LED Christmas lights
  • white marker or pencil
  • X-ACTO knife
  • hot glue gun and sticks
  • liquid stitch or fabric glue
  • screwdriver (about the width of one christmas light, used for punching through the foam board)

1. Measure the space you want your backdrop to fill and cut the foarm boards to that size.

2. If needed, place a thin strip of balsa wood between the two boards to connect them.  Use the hot glue to hold the boards and wood together.

3. Use a white colored pencil to mark where you would like the 50 holes to be.  Remember to make it look pretty random and not in a line like the stars, also don’t forget that your cord isn’t really that long between lights so don’t space them too far apart either.

4. Use a screwdriver to punch out holes in the foam board and then press the lights into the board, they should go through but not all the way.

5. Lay the tulle on a large worksurface, fold over to create about 3-4 layers.  Lay the boards and lights on top of the tulle.  Fold the tulle over the edges of the board and use the fabric glue to hold down the tulle edges on the back of the board.  (Kind of like upholstering a headboard.)

6. Place the board behind your village and plug it in.

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