Christmas Decorating Tips for Department 56 Village Buildings
It’s time to kick it into high gear—planning your
Christmas village display for this
year takes careful thought and preparation. Or you can do what I do and just
Actually, I do a bit of both. I have a basic plan for my village scene, but
I do tend to move things around a bit to see what works the best. This is
half the fun of collecting and displaying Christmas villages.
Displaying Department 56 miniature lighted villages is so fast and easy.
Unless you are building a large village layout, like those described in
Elizabeth Dinger’s book
Department 56 Displays by Number, you can artfully place and display
your village pieces like a pro in minutes.
Here are some tips and decorating
- Place D56 village building in the center of a wreath for an end
table, dining table or counter display. Use an evergreen wreath, holly
wreath, pinecone or twig wreath. Whatever suites your decor. Raise the
village building slightly using Styrofoam or a cardboard box. Hide the
base and cords creatively using fake snow or polyfill.
- Create a kitchen counter display with yummy baked goods and treats.
Elevate the building on a small stack of nice hardcover cookbooks.
Surround with baking accessories such as jelly molds, cookie cutters,
tins, etc. This is perfect for the centerpiece of a Christmas cookie
exchange. Imagine the table filled with baskets of cookies and squares,
and a lighted village (such as the Wheaton Christmas Bakery) in
- Use D56 lighted buildings as nightlights in your kids’ rooms. For
the girls, how about Victoria’s Doll House. For the boys, the
Santa Clause House, or Coca Cola Bottling Factory. Place the
building in the corner of a desk or bedside table.
- Avoid the mess of fake snow by using polyfil or cotton batting. Pull
and tease out the fibers until you have a fluffy snowy landscape for
your village scene.
- Make the most of lighting. Arrange mirrors behind your scenes to
reflect light to the best effect. You can find interesting framed
mirrors at discount home décor stores. Just lean them up against the
back of your bookcase or mantel.