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  Miniature villages e.g. for Christmas decoration

Village displays are not just for Christmas. Model train enthusiasts build villages for their train systems, often with extensive landscaping. The Lemax company markets for Halloween as well.


See also ac131201.





Links to miniature village projects



  • photo albums, blog posts, webpages

Barton's Village - photos on Facebook by Lillian Barton

Christmas Village - by Chris P

Christmas Village - Deni from Australia

Christmas Village - by Avidcrazyquilter

Christmas Train and Village - by Lisa in WV

Greenford - Model town, including shops, cinema, market stalls

Heber Village - by Paula Isaacs

Holiday Town Centerpiece - from Miniatures.com

Housing Complex - by Brian Cleaver, UK. Amazing! Newspaper article from The Mail Online

Dept 56 Villages - from Fayzerplace

Greenleaf Village 1 - by Taffyliz

Greenleaf Village 2 - by Swtjen

Greenleaf Village 3 - by Suzy

Greenleaf Village Gallery

Fall 2009 contest - Greenleaf forum

Magic Town - by Michael Garman. With sculpted figures and the scale is about 2 inches to the foot. Some of the windows have videos inside, so you can see and hear what's going on in some of the apartments! Click around the site to see individual buildings and sculptures.

QS Littlebourne - our miniature group in Tasmania, The Miniature Enthusiasts of Tasmania Inc held their biennial Dollshouse and Miniature Show and the highlight of our event was the quarter scale village that members had been working on. Not specifically for the village but because we all had enough of the Petite Properties cottages we decided to put together a fictitious English Village called Littlebourne.

Snow Village - by Fern from Rhode Island

Tree and Village Layout - by Jeff's Grandma

Twig Cabins and Houses - from Trendy Tree

Wexford Christmas Village - by Paula Isaacs

Villages - summer and winter, by Minimatters


Villages in Blogs

  • Blogs concentrating on villages or categories/labels about them in blogs



  • Discussion groups, forums (or forum categories) and photo groups dedicated to villages.

Building New Worlds

Dedicated to Lemax - forum


Supplies for sale

  • Supplies needed for making villages projects.

Greenleaf Miniature Village 



Miniatures for sale

  • Do you have a section for villages in your shop? Add a direct link here.

Department 56


Toula's house of Clay

Walthers Model Railroad





  • Books about miniature villages projects (also books with chapters about them)

Creating Wooden Villages - by Evan Kern, Sarah K Grant

Christmas Village Printable Templates - by Marellyn Lang

Making Miniature Villages in Polymer Clay - by Gail Ritchey


Instructions for miniatures


Miniature printables



Other Printies

  • Book/magazine covers related to villages

Templates for 35 Wee Houses - from Mel Stampz



  • links to sites showing how to make items related to villages

Build your own Main Street - Illinois Historic Preservation Society

English Village - Ron and Kathy Hoess show how they create a foam core mockup of their village scene.

Extend a Village Display or Nativity Scene - from About.com

Model Railroad Secrets Revealed - from the Model Railroader

Simple Snow Settings for Christmas Villages - from About.com


  •  YouTube videos about miniature projects related to this subject

Model Villages - from Papa Moore , a list of relevant videos




Research/ Inspiration



  • Strips of black or dark grey felt make roads  that will conform and stick to fabric.


Links to inspiring pages

Cake Village
Gingerbread Village scene

Lakeland Miniature Village - Cumbria UK 

Swiss Miniature Village - Lugano.

Small replicas of the major buildings in Switzerland are displayed along a labyrinth of asphalt paths. There's also a miniature of the twin castles in Sion. You can purchase an official guidebook for detailed explanations. This attraction is especially popular with children.


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