Creating miniature Christmas village displays is a fun way to express creativity during the holidays. Some interesting ways to design a Christmas village include using found objects, incorporating unusual themes and imitating real-life towns.
Standard miniature winter villages include facsimiles of bodies of water, people, animals, lights and buildings. Use outside objects, such as pine cones or leaves, in the construction of the buildings to give them a unique spin.
Feature a theme to make the miniature village stand out. Try a spooky zombie village or a medieval kingdom village. Stick in representations of beloved fictional characters from film, television and books for an added twist.
Making the village closely resemble a local neighborhood makes the village fun and recognizable. Include a miniature version of a friend's house or a local business center to enhance the realism of the town. Imagine guests attempting to pinpoint where they have seen the tiny buildings before.
If your village includes small, lightweight houses, such as cardboard houses, you can display it on an evergreen Christmas wreath. Start by adding embellishments, such as white cotton or glitter paint to represent snow. Add glue, and secure the trees and houses. Finally, add any remaining decorations, such as animals or people.
If your village includes heavier houses and figures, you can display it in one or multiple wide-mouthed jars. Place the jar with its mouth up or lay it on its side, depending on the look you prefer. Placing the jar on its side allows you to fit more village accessories inside. Start by placing cotton inside the jar to serve as snow. Then dab glue onto the bottom of your house or houses and on your other decorations, and place them on top of the cotton.
The supplies you need for these two village displays include the actual houses and other village accessories, an evergreen wreath or one or more wide-mouthed jars, cotton, craft and/or hot glue, and glitter.