How to set up Christmas villages

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How to set up Christmas villages
Collecting Christmas villages is an enjoyable hobby for many people. (Getty Thinkstock)

Decorating with Christmas villages gives your home a whimsical and nostalgic touch during the holiday season. However, even in miniature real estate, location is everything. By following a few guidelines, you can make your village displays look professionally arranged and keep them out of harm's way.

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Things you need

  • Quilt batting
  • Power strip
  • Cotton balls, optional
  • Cellophane tape,optional

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    Choose a location for your Christmas village display.The mantel of a fireplace is an ideal area if you have pets or small children. Many of the pieces in a village are tiny and parts can be ingested or lost by curious children and pets. Otherwise, consider coffee tables or other small surfaces on which to display Christmas villages. Make sure the location is close to an electrical socket if you have pieces that light up.

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    Place quilt batting over the area you decide is best for the village. This gives a snowy, winter effect to the area.

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    Position the Christmas village around a focal point. Many village setups are meant to be viewed from the front only. Use an exaggerated C-shape to form the town or place the buildings in a straight line to mimic a village street. A focal point may be the city hall, an ice-skating pond with figures, a large Christmas tree in the park or even a group of carolers. If you are using a narrow space, such as a mantel, angle the buildings slightly toward the focal point to enhance this feature.

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    Make a small hole through the quilt batting with your finger near any pieces of the village that light up so the electrical cord can slide underneath it. The batting separates easily.

  5. 5

    Push the electrical cords through the hole and underneath the batting. Pull apart cotton balls to thin them and place them to help cover the wiring, if necessary.

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    Scatter the trees, light poles, animals and people throughout the village. If lamp poles or other tiny figurines won't stand up without falling over, make a loop out of cellophane tape. Attach it to the base of the figurine and the batting or table top.

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    Plug in any pieces that require electricity. Use a power strip, if you have many pieces that light up.

Tips and warnings

  • If your collection of Christmas village pieces is quite large, a dining room table for the display is an excellent location. If you are serving guests in the dining room throughout the holidays, divide the village into smaller displays and place them throughout your home, such as on a guest bedroom dresser, on top of a cedar chest or even on the top of the toilet tank in the bathroom area.
  • Christmas village pieces are sometimes expensive. Ask friends and relatives to purchase new pieces for you on your birthday and other occasions if you want to enlarge your collection. Otherwise, add a new piece each year. Another idea is to raid your children's toy boxes for miniature figurines, toys, trains, cars and other items you can use in the village. Novelty and discount shops often have inexpensive miniatures available as well.
  • Never leave a lit Christmas village display unattended. It could be a fire hazard.

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