How To Create A Miniature Christmas Village
MAKE YOUR CHRISTMAS MEMORABLE!
WANT TO LEARN HOW TO BUILD YOUR OWN MINIATURE CHRISTMAS TOWN?
Ever since I was a little kid, the lights and spectacles of miniature Christmas Villages have really captured my heart. I still remember walking 3 alleys down our street just to see the beautiful Christmas Village displayed in front of the town's department store. To tell you the truth, I really longed to touch and feel those little Christmas Villages back then. And now that I have the means to buy the pieces needed in order to create my own little Christmas Town, I want to share with you how I go on with my building process.
BUILDING CHRISTMAS VILLAGES IS SURELY FUN, BUT....
Have you tried building a Christmas Village before?
WHY BUILD A CHRISTMAS VILLAGE
Building a Christmas Village is a lot of fun! It allows you to share some time and bond with the people who are working with you to create your little Christmas Town. I assure you, the memories and relationships formed by building a Christmas Village will surely last for a lifetime! Even now, I still remember the fun that we had when my friend invited me to help her create a miniature Snow Town. And that was almost 2 decades ago!
Aside from this, Christmas Villages are also attract a lot of attention, especially once you start dimming the lights in the room and allow the lights of the village to glow. It is like seeing a peaceful, silent and happy town that is celebrating their Christmas in the midst of snow... it will really impress your guests and visitors!
Ready to build your Christmas Village yet? Here is a short list the things that we'll need:
- A Pair Of Scisssors
- Adhesive Tape
- Felt Paper
Miniature Christmas Village Collectibles <== You Can Get Some Here
- Styrofoam Board
- Old Magazines Or Newspapers
- Cutting Knife (A small cutter will do too)
- Artificial Snow Blankets
- Paint (Preferable White)
STEPS IN BUILDING YOUR CHRISTMAS VILLAGE
We all have our different styles in building things. And in some cases where the need for creativity and originality is apparent, we will definitely have different tastes and approach on how to go on with things. Now, I am not an absolute expert in making Christmas Villages, but following these steps really contributed in making my job easier. This serves only as a guideline and you don't have to follow my words letter-for-letter.
STEP 1 - PLAN AND VISUALIZE
Before anything else, imagine inside your head how you want your Christmas Village to look like. Do you want it to glow when the lights are turned off like a town in the middle of a night. Or do you want it to appear like a happy town celebrating the Christmas morning? Use your creativity and plan for what you think is the best. That way, you can prepare the needed items especially the miniature Christmas collectible pieces that you will use. You can look at Christmas catalogs and magazines for ideas if you are having difficulties. Some shopping stores also have their own diplay of Christmas Villages you can take a look at.
STEP 2 - SHOP FOR THE NEEDED CHRISTMAS PIECES
Once you are done planning for your own version of the Christmas Town, the next thing that you have to do is buy the Christmas pieces that you need to build your town. The miniature houses, snowy little trees and, of course, the little Christmas characters all have to fit in with your concept in order to make your village authentic. If you need some help in finding the Christmas pieces that you need, there is a shop called The Christmas Village Shop that can help you get the things you need. You should see their beautiful Pinterest Boards and their Facebook Page to get some ideas of the rare Christmas collectibles that they can give you. They also have a Twitter Account that you can follow.
STEP 3 - BUILD YOUR VILLAGE'S FOUNDATIONS
Once you are done collecting the pieces and materials that you need for your Christmas village, the next thing that you have to do is build your foundation. From my experience, using boards of Styrofoam is the most efficient way to do it because they are much easier to find and setup compared to wooden planks. To hide the rough surface of the Styro board, I recommend covering it with a sheet of green Felt Paper on top. This will not only hide the rough Styrofoam surface, but it also creates a smooth top that looks like grass. COOL HUH?
STEP 4 - CREATE YOUR LANDSCAPE STICK YOUR CHRISTMAS PIECES INTO PLACE
When your foundation is done and you have covered the surface of your Styrofoam with a sheet of Felt Paper, the next thing to do would be to create your landscape and stick your Christmas collectible pieces. You can pile a portion of Styrofoam boards on top of each other to create illusions of lower and higher levels. Crumpled magazines and newspapers can also be used to create small rocks and mountains. You need to cover up these crumpled pieces of paper with white paint to make them blend in the environment. Poster paint is my recommendation here for people who have some imminent health problems and do not want the strong chemical smell of paints.
STEP 5 - ADD SNOW EFFECT!
When you are fully-satisfied with the look of your Christmas Town, the final step would be to create the snow effect by adding Artificial Snow Blankets. A Christmas Village without snow looks a lot less authentic, and having the snow affect also adds a different texture to your landscape. I prefer to use Artificial Snow Blankets instead of Gesso because it doesn't affect your Christmas collectibles permanently (click here if you don't know what Gesso is). They are also a lot cheaper and easier to use. You can and have it delivered right through your doorstep! Now you have your White Christmas! easily find Gesso on Amazon
INVITE OTHER PEOPLE TO VIEW YOUR CHRISTMAS VILLAGE!
When you are done creating your miniature Christmas Village, don't be too shy about inviting other people to see the results of your hard work! Trust me, seeing the sparkle in the eyes of people once they get to see your work is one of the best reasons to build your Christmas Village!
If you need a place where you can get your supply of Christmas collectibles such as miniature towns, figurines, trees and lighted houses, I highly recommend The Christmas Village. Not only do they have one of the rarest and most beautiful sets of Christmas collectibles but they also offer free shipping on all domestic orders. Now how cool is that!
VISIT THE CHRISTMAS VILLAGE SHOP WEBSITE IN HERE!
Thank you for reading my Hub and Merry Christmas to all of you!