No time or money to buy and set up a huge Department 56 display for fall? No problem! Use one or two village pieces and accents to create an attractive seasonal display for your home.
Fireplace mantels, end tables, side tables … all work well for a Department 56 village display. I wanted to try something different. Something I hadn’t seen before. Something simple you can do at home, too.
So I borrowed an empty wine barrel from a coworker! She had bought the barrel from a local winery for her daughter’s wedding. It was one of two barrels they had topped with beautiful floral arrangements.
Department 56 Apple Barn
In addition to wine, barrels often held apples. So I found the barrel to be perfect for my Department 56 displays for fall.
The Apple Barn boxed set, part of the Department 56 Snow Village Halloween Village is a new favorite of mine. It includes the lit building, figurine, maple tree and a bag of leaves.
First, I hung Bronner’s 24-inch mixed pine delicious wreath on the wall behind the barrel. The 36-inch version is available online. The 24-inch version can be purchased in-store. Or contact customer service at 800.361.6736 or firstname.lastname@example.org. It is SKU #1196500 and sells for $41.99.
Next, I topped the barrel with a red placemat (available in-store). When the apple barn, tree and figurine were in place, I added a clear vase filled with fake apples. Last, I scattered the mini leaves that came with the set. The perfect picture of fall!
Department 56 Day of the Dead
Day of the Dead pieces are also part of the Department 56 Snow Village Halloween Village. Actually, Day of the Dead is its own holiday. It’s November 1 and 2, celebrated right AFTER Halloween. Many observing Day of the Dead put on makeup and costumes to look like skulls and skeletons. Candles are lit and deceased family members are remembered. The holiday began in Mexico.
To begin, I hung a sombrero on the wall behind the barrel. Next I topped the barrel with a beaded placemat that matched the festive colors in the Day of the Dead Department 56 village. After putting the Day of the Dead House, Festive Dance, and Eternal Love in place, I added sparkling Department 56 bottle-brush trees in a variety of colors. Then I clustered gold and clear glass gems along one side of the display. Last of all, I placed two, white, battery-operated tea lights among the gems.
Halloween Ideas from Bronner’s
Maybe you’d prefer to do the “Monster Mash” this Halloween? See how to set up this simply smashing display!
Or top your Department 56 display for fall with a chicken-wire cloche you make yourself!