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Adding variations in height to your decorations will make a dramatic difference to the look of your holiday house, porch, or dinner table. It can help to showcase your decorations while leaving more surfaces clear for everyday use of space, too.
Have fun and don't be afraid to experiment with fall greenery, flowers, and leaves of all colors on your chandelier.
Inexpensive garden fencing can be purchased from the hardware store. A can of black spray paint turns it into an instant Halloween accessory. You can leave the longer spikes, or trim them off, depending on how you'll use it in your display.
Using tiles from the hardware store is an easy way to camouflage your Styrofoam base and emphasizes the height variation of different levels in your village, as well as adding color and texture.
Use angel hair to create spooky cobwebs on houses, trees, fences, and graveyards in your Halloween village disply. Gold or silver add a glittering touch, and white will always work.
Make your own Styrofoam ice cream cones as a fun accessory to the new "Nana Split's Ice Cream Parlor" North Pole Village house. You'll need wafer ice cream cones, 3" Styrofoam balls, hot glue, expanding foam insulation, and acrylic paint. Glitter is optional - and highly recommended!
With a container of non-aerosol hair spray and your favorite glitter, you can add instant sparkle to almost any surface in your holiday display. We used chunks of real coal to accessorize our North Pole Village "Better Watch Out Coal Mine" lighted house. The hairspray dries almost immediately, and you can collect and reuse any excess glitter that shakes off the item.
From the design team at Christmas Place, a Quick Tip that uses a large foam snowflake, cut in half, as a display base and backer for a small lighted house. With a battery-powered light, you can position a small holiday scene almost anywhere for a festive touch! We used a small Department 56 house, the North Pole Village Santa's Hot Cocoa Cafe, and a snowflake that looks like a baked cookie to create our vignette.
Secure village street lights to the Styrofoam base of your village display by adding a thumbtack to each lamp base with a dab of hot glue. Press each lamp base into the Styrofoam along your path or street. No toppling over!