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A Clever Christmas Village display idea for collectors needing more space.

Our Christmas village collections have grown and taken over prime real estate in our homes.

But last year my daughter took an idea and created a towering showplace, for many of her miniature townspeople to dwell.

She purchased an old 8′ wooden ladder from Craig’s List. Then she bought 3, 12″ wood shelves. One each of,  3′, 4′ and 6′ lengths. These boards plus the use of the floor, gave her 4 levels to use for display.

She painted everything white.

The shelves then rested on the steps and braces of the ladder, at 3 different levels. Cotton from a craft store placed on the shelves and hanging over the edges gave the snowy look needed.

White miniature lights draped over the ladder, light up the areas with just enough light, creating a snowy winter’s night reflecting moonlight.

A Christmas angel looks over the village from the top. A few tiny homes are placed on the first shelf.

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On the center level, she placed her village around Grandma’s ceramic green, lighted Christmas tree. Animated skiers continue coming down a mountaintop. On the lower level, she placed the animated ice rink and shops around the town square clock.

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Finally, on the bottom floor, a snowy neighborhood with a horse-drawn sleigh and villagers out and about.

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Our Christmas villages have been a special addition to our holiday decor forever. What fun to create a township with lighted churches, businesses, and homes to the delight of small children. Watch their imaginations soar viewing tiny people enjoying the snowy season. Especially if you live in a climate without snow, as we do.

After the holidays, the ladder folds and it’s stored along with the shelves until next year.

Tip: The ladder could be painted green, red or black to show contrast with the snow, but the white legs blend better and are less of a distraction to the display, as a whole.


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