[Table Top Displays]

Displaying Cardboard Christmas “Putz” Houses

This page will include ideas for setting up putzes and Christmas villages, and related topics such as Christmas railroads.

  • Temporary Table-Top Displays - White fabric and books you won’t need until after the holidays provide an interesting setting for a Christmas village.
  • Winter Trees from Floral Picks- A quick and inexpensive way to add interesting textures to your late-autumn or winter railroad or village Free Scenery Set Pieces - Add a vertical dimension to your holiday village for little or no investment. The technique can easily be adapted to all seasons.
  • Easy Indoor Lakes and Rivers - How to get the effect of waterfalls, rivers, lakes, and streams on both temporary and permanent indoor railroads and display villages.
  • Free Scenery Set Pieces - Add a vertical dimension to your Christmas village or railroad for little or no investment.
  • Portable (Foam-Based) Indoor Displays - Using a foam-based portable scenic foundation to display your trains and towns to their best advantage.  The photos show ceramic houses, but you get the idea.
  • Combining Trains and Towns - Why combining collectible village pieces and model trains is a growing and rewarding hobby.  Again, this article was written with ceramic villages in mind, but the principles still apply.
  • Sizes and Scales of Big Indoor Trains - Which trains are best for around a collectible village or other indoor use? How much room do these trains take up anyway?
  • Easy Street Scene - Use free downloadable building graphics and a little cardboard or foam board to build up a convincing downtown scene that is only a few inches deep.
  • Creating Custom Backdrops for Your Indoor Railroad - Combine graphics from many sources to create a detailed, colorful background for your railroad or display.
  • Easy Homemade Trees - How to make realistic and inexpensive trees using (mostly) natural materials. 
  • Bringing Autumn to Your Railroad or Display Village - How two easy crafts can make your model railroad or display village look like it is enjoying the fall season.
  • Add Spring Color to Your Village or Indoor Railroad - How to use "Easy Homemade Trees" to brighten your railroad or display village for spring.
  • Modeling Sea Grass - an easy and inexpensive addition to any display village or nativity display.
  • Modeling Palm Trees - This easy project adds a tropical feel to your display village or nativity display..
  • Desert Accessories from Playmobil Products - How repainting carefully-chosen toys can add fun details to a Large Scale desert landscape

Click to see  collectible Christmas villages and trains.


Visit our Sister Christmas Pages
Buyer's Guide Pages
Visit Family Christmas Online Click to return to the Old Christmas Tree Lights Table of Contents Page Free plans and instructions for building your own vintage-style cardboard village. Big Christmas Trains: Directory of Large Scale and O Scale trains with holiday themes Classic O Gauge Trains
On30 and O Gauge trains to go with indoor display villages and railroads


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