In a post I wrote a few years ago I shared photos of our Christmas tree and the story behind our village. But suffice it to say, with such a small family and spending Christmases at our daughter’s now, we really don’t have any gifts to put under our tree.
It looked so forlorn that we began placing a few odd village pieces, starting with the Christmas train and tracks to make the space under the tree, pleasing! And slowly the village bug hit and each year we continued to add more houses, stores and businesses to the group.
We started with a puzzle boxes and CD cases to add height and create a second layer. But in no time it was obvious we had to do more in order to display everything. This year I thought it might be fun to show you the 2-3 day process of building up our tree, platform for the village and laying it all out, step by step. Maybe I should say, a lot of that time is on our knees. Hardwood floors and old knees don’t go together. LOL
The base is taken apart each year to store in the garage along the wall without taking up so much space (or being so heavy). So each Christmas it has to be rebuilt.
Once we get the stand built and the tree in place, it’s time to decorate the upper tier of the tree. The diameter of the base is so large, even standing on a ladder, it’s difficult to decorate the top.
Now it’s time to place the village pieces where we want so lights can be strung through the holes of the base.
Once we have everything in place and certain village pieces raised for variation in height, we place felt down.
Then the snow – pure torture! I get a bit finicky over how it’s laid which transcends into fretting on my part. Yi, yi, yi!
After everything is arranged, we add trees and other miniatures.
Each year I use the Christmas Snowflake Set that I designed to fill in on our main tree and to decorate the second tree (which yet needs to be done).
I also add crochet covered ornaments like the Diamond Ball Cover, a free pattern!
And the Faux Picot Ball Cover, another free pattern!
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