It’s always a fun year when the Department 56 Villages (one for Halloween, one for Christmas) come out of storage. Because putting up and taking down the village takes so much work and now I have to worry about little hands wanting to help, it’s been three years since these pieces have come out of the boxes. The platform could use some sprucing up, but maybe I’ll worry about that in another three years.
For my village display, I have three levels of styrofoam on top of pressboard. Some of the pieces are spray painted and some of them are painted with regular paint–one of these days I’ll replace some of the older styrofoam pieces with heavier duty pieces and use paint. I have a foam cutter that I used to create the ridges and cuts. I then sprayed all of the pieces with adhesive and sprinkled with green powder that I found in the model train section of Hobby Lobby. The lichen is from the same model train section.
Scott drilled holes in the styrofoam and platform so that I can feed the cords straight below the houses. I use the same platform for Christmas. It works great–though adding new pieces means cramming things closer and closer together as I don’t want to expand the pressboard or have to add any styrofoam.
Anyway–you don’t care about all of that! I do apologize that the quality of the pictures varies throughout the post. I tried to use natural light but switched the flash and then badly edited them all in PicMonkey. It’s hard to capture lighted pieces!
I seriously love it. All the details, all the little pieces. I love how excited Elle was when I showed her the completed village for the first time. I’m sure I’ll love it all over again when it makes its next appearance in a few years. Ha!
And video tour…the first few seconds do have sound before I turn off the Carousel. Some of the other pieces make noises, too (eg the theater makes slasher movie sounds with the audience screaming), but to have all the sounds on at once is a bit much. ;)