See how we built a platform for our Department 56 Snow Village. Come tour this magical Christmas snow village through pictures and a video.
Last year in my Christmas Home tour 2018 I showed you all my village display in a video. I did love my village set up under the Christmas tree. However, I found that I was limited to how I could set it up.
This past summer we spent some time thinking about a couple of things. Where I wanted to display the village and how I could it could be displayed.
I did some searching on the internet and Pinterest. But I wasn’t able to come up with something that would work for my display. So this lead hubby and I to building the perfect platform for our village.
How To Build A Wood Platform
In order to build the platform, we needed to decide where I wanted it displayed. Took measurements of the area and did a drawing of how it would look.
Headed off to Lowes to buy the lumber.
It always amazes me how much we can fit into my car. A couple of tips I have to keep your car protected when hauling stuff. I always keep a blue trap in the car. We use this all the time when we take back returnables. I also keep my reusable shopping bags in the car. We were able to slide the 2×4’s into the bags at both ends. This helped so the wood wouldn’t scratch the inside of the car or snag the seats.
The area that the display will be is in the corner of the living room. So the platform is a triangle shape.
A couple of things that I needed for this platform was I needed it in sections. I wanted different heights to it and I needed to be able to put the light cords under the platform.
Having the platform in sections would make setup so much easier. We labeled each section A-F. Each section is a different size in length because of my wanting different heights and because of the location it would be in the living room. This also helps with being able to carry it.
We framed the sections with 2×4’s and used plywood for the top of each section. To give me the different hights we cut different lengths of 2×4’s to make feet on all the sections but section F. That’s the little triangle in the front of the picture.
We did end up drilling holes into the sections so I can drop the cords under the platform. We did that after I did a mock setup in the basement.
How To Setup A Christmas Village
After we build the platform we brought it down into the basement so I could do a mock setup.
This would help me with a few things. The first I was to be able to see where I wanted all the house to be, or at least a good idea of where.
Next would be then I could see where I wanted those holes drilled for the cords. This was one of my biggest wants in the platform. I want to be able to enjoy my village without seeing all the cords.
Once I figured out about where I wanted each of the village pieces to go it was time to pack them up. As I packed the village up I placed them according to the section into a box. Some sections I had more than one box for, so I just added what section and that it was box 1 of 2.
As the filled boxes were going back into the storage area, I placed them according to what box I would need first. This would make set up at Christmas time go so much faster.
Christmas Village Setup
I just couldn’t wait to set up the village this year, I started the Saturday after Halloween. This platform worked out so well for my village, and yes it is very large. Gives me more room for more houses, which after we built it I added five “new” (market place deals) pieces.
I started with section A, this is the section that the firehouse is on. I wanted to be able to add more height so I used foam that I had been using in the years past. Giving the firehouse height would also help hide the outlet that is right there.
For the lighting, since the power strips were going to be under the platform I needed a way to power it on. Hobby Lobby had an indoor wireless remote system. It offered three grounded outlets with receivers and a transmitter remote witch has a working range of 100 feet.
The remote control system was by far the best investment I could have made for the village this year.
On a fun note, the kids have really enjoyed being the one in control of giving the village light.
Before I added any of the houses I made sure to replace the light bulbs in each house. Even though I did this I still had one go out and it’s in section A at the back of the setup. So this will be like that the whole time it’s up.
Some of the cords for the lights have multiple lights on them. I think one has 5 lights so I can hook 5 houses up and only need to plug one cord into the power strip. I will be adding more of these cords next year.
Before I added the light cords I placed quilting padding on the platform to give it the snowy look. I was able to rip a hole in the padding to get the cord to where I needed it.
Having the sections and boxes labeled really helped with setup. I’m thinking teardown will go as smoothly.
Finished Setup and A Video
It truly is hard to get a complete picture so I made a video on my Youtube channel that shows the completed setup.
I hope you enjoyed the build of our platform and the setup of my Christmas Snow Village by Department 56. You may also really enjoy my Christmas tablescape as well.
Sharing one creative project at a time~ Jen
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