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Hints & Tips for Department 56 Villages


Suggestions for Village Decorating

Decorating with Village buildings brings a special touch to your home. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

  • Start with one to three Village buildings that coordinate with your decorating theme or occasion.
  • Add Department 56 Village accessories. Did you know that many buildings have accessories designed to coordinate with them?
  • Mix in a selection of trees, snow, moss and acrylic ice to bring your displays to life.
  • Add dimension with special backdrops, snowy platforms and mountains.

a. Mix in seasonal decor.
Add pine boughs and ornament balls during the holidays, pastel eggs or fresh flowers in spring, and colorful leaves in the fall.

b. Play with lighting.
Add tiny light strings or reflective surfaces, like mirrors, for stunning effects.

c. Have fun!
When it comes to decorating with your Village, use your imagination to reflect your personal style. There are no rules!


Decorating a Mantel

Fireplace mantels can be a natural focal point for your favorite things. Here’s an idea that can turn a plain mantel into a showcase of holiday wonderment!

Step One. Two buildings offer new opportunities for creativity when you play with angles and heights. We’ve elevated one building on a Department 56 “Snowy Platform,” but you could also cut Styrofoam to any shape you desire.

Step Two. Create a forested backdrop of trees at ‘ground’ level with others atop birch logs for added dimension. Garland or trimmings provide festive touches.

Step Three. Neatly hide Village light cords by securing them to the side of the mantel with appropriately colored tape.



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