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 Dept 56 Display Tips for Making Beautiful and Memorable Displays


Dear Fellow Department 56 Collector: 

Have you ever considered why it is so enjoyable (and important) to make memorable and beautiful displays with your Dept 56 houses?

I can think of five reasons for this:

    Dept 56 Collections are Simply Beautiful and Interesting to Show

The Dept 56 collection of houses and accessories are beautifully designed and always interesting. These artists obviously put a great amount of time and thought into designing the pieces, and never miss adding that unique touch of character to each of them. The finished products leave no doubt about their efforts.

The Dept 56 pieces are simply gorgeous whenever, or wherever, they are displayed, whether it be individually, in a vignette, or in a large display. Since the pieces are so unique and beautiful, it's really hard to go wrong displaying them.

Within a short amount of time, you can take these intricate houses and accessories and make them into an absolutely stunning display.

    Dept 56 Collections are an Investment

It's commonly known that you usually "get what you pay for."

Accordingly, since so much detail and thought goes into the production of these pieces, it is only natural that they will not be cheap.

Consequently, collecting Dept 56 pieces can be an investment that might easily add up. As with other worthwhile investments, it comes naturally to show off these pieces.

Therefore some thought and effort should go into your displays so that the collection looks as incredible as possible.

    Dept 56 Collections are Fantastic for Creative Expression

Dept 56 collections particularly lend themselves to those who have a taste for creativity. Making arrangements of any kind is an exercise in creativity, but combining artistic expression with 'city planning' is always enjoyable. After all, no one wants a boring display.

With all the accessories that come with the Dept 56 collections, innumerable productions of displays can be made quite easily. From the simple to the complex, from the serious to the whimsical, the varieties are endless.

Just about everything is available to make the task simple. Of course, the most necessary accessory is careful thought, which, when combined with a little planning, can turn your displays into something really beautiful as opposed to the impersonal, drab displays seen in many stores. 

•   Dept 56 Collections Allow you to Express your Imagination

We all like to dream and imagine what would be if.....

With your Dept 56 collections you can bring some of that imagination to life. For instance, what would you have been doing if you could have lived back in the wintery times of Dickens? Which shops would you have liked to visit (or own)? Where would you have liked to live?

Or how about if you lived in New England. What would you have liked to do there? Fish, watch the sea, skate,???

Your collections allow you to display some of your dreams and desires.

    Dept 56 Collections can Create many Wonderful Memories and Traditions

How invaluable are your family traditions? We all have them and enjoy them (hopefully). Of course, your Dept 56 displays can be a lasting tradition and memory for yourselves, your kids and your friends. I don't know about you, but in our house we usually get our houses out for Christmas. Then we go to great lengths to make them interesting, exciting and original!

For young children, this yearly tradition can be exciting. They can remember the fun of previous years and eagerly wait to see how this year's display will be different. After doing this for a number of years the traditions and memories set in. Of course, they might soon want to have their own Dept 56 displays!

I think we can all agree that a memorable display takes time, thought and patience, but is there any question that the effort is enjoyable and worthwhile?

This web site is here to provide you with some ideas and tips on how to make these beautiful displays.We would like to give you a few tips (or see left margin) and refer you to our e-book with many, many more display tips and ideas for displaying collectible D56 houses and what not.

Whether we are old Dept 56 collectors or ‘newbies’, we have all been through it at one time or another - where do I begin? From there we gradually progress to - How do I improve the display so it looks more realistic?

Dept 56 Display New-England-Village

A busy New England town.

Well, to help answer these questions I have written an e-book entitled “Displaying your Collectible Lighted Houses”. I wanted it to be an encouragement for both new and old collectors and wanted to spark that creative genius in us. As I mentioned above we invest a lot of time and money into collecting these houses so it’s only right that they should look their best for the holiday season - or any other time, for that matter.

Dept 56 display tips - wintery gathering

A wintery gathering

In writing this e-book,  I just sat down and listed everything that I do (or have done in my 19 years of collecting) and ended up with over 150 different tips for getting your display to look ‘just right’. I take you through the steps that I normally do from start to finish. I describe the initial planning, where to put your display, how to place the houses, how to place the trees, and so on, all the way until that last piece of snow is placed. 

Dept 56 Display Tips - icy brook and falls

An icy brook and falls

I will cover all of these topics in the e-book:

  • Preliminary Planning
  • Using a Big Display Table
  • The Backdrop
  • The Skirting
  • The Display Base
  • Various Aspects of Placing Houses
  • Placing Your BIG Accessories, Railroads
  • Placing / Making Mountains
  • Placing and Hiding Light Cords
  • Placing the Trees
  • Making and Placing Bodies of Water
  • Making and Placing Roads
  • Placing Street Lights
  • Placing Accessories and Snow
  • Snow Types
  • Accessories
  • Display Hints for other displays on furniture,
    mantels, etc
  • Miscellaneous Hints
  • List of necessary supplies to have on hand

There are also 20 photographs, in the e-book, to help explain some of the different points that I make.

A wintery d56 nite

A wintery night

Everything that I suggest is easy to do. They all involve things which are easy to find at either at the grocery store, hardware store, craft store, your collectible store or from outside in the yard. I'm not going to suggest anything that the average person won't find easy.

icy waterfall

An icy waterfall into a babbling brook.

I am a stay-at-home mom, so I've had to be frugal with the things that I put into my display. Therefore I like to use things that I tend to have around the house. I also like to make it easy to put my display up, to turn it on (because if it's hard to turn on, I'll find myself not turning it on as often) and to take it down. I have to admit that it's a bit of work to put it up every year instead of leaving it up year round, but I find that I like the variety of having it different every year.

D56 Skating 
Kids skating on a frozen pond.

Since I really don't have the room to dedicate that much space to my houses all the time, I take it down in January or February and usually just keep out a favorite house or two to sit on a bookshelf or table for the remainder of the year.

A scenci d56 village

A scenic little village

I'm not an interior decorator although I have taken a class in home decorating. I've tried most every crafting hobby probably known to man. The joke around my house is that I collect hobbies. I knit, crochet, cross stitch, decoupage, quilt, sew, made silk flowers, basket weave - you name it, I've probably tried it. I enjoy working with my hands and like to add my own personal touches to my house displays.

A snowy Dickens Ride

A snowy night for a sleigh ride

As I said above, I've been collecting and displaying for about 19 years now and I still remember that first major display thinking 'what on earth' I am getting myself into. Looking back on things, it was a friend's display that first got me hooked on collecting Department 56. My first purchase was the Sleepy Hollow Church - I was just going to collect churches. HA! That didn't last long. Now I collect mostly Dickens Village and New England Village. (I must confess to having a Christmas in the City Toy Store that I couldn't resist and I won a Marie's Doll House once. My husband won't let me collect anything else.)

CHurches and Fire

Off to a fire in a cozy village

However, my husband does like to brag about my displays. He’s often prodded me about going into the business of putting up displays for other people. I think that home displays can be so much more creative and personal than the ones we see in stores. I have to admit that some store displays just leave me cold. If I hadn’t seen a friend’s display, first, I might not have gotten hooked on collecting. That’s why when my husband suggested I write this booklet, one of my main thoughts was to encourage people to use their imaginations and dream a little when putting up their displays. I know that my Christmas houses are going to be one of the things my children will remember about our holidays together. They are always eager to see how each one will turn out.

A distant view of the Dept 56 display

A different type of back drop.

As we bring this to a close, if your collection looks drab and lifeless in comparison to these Dept 56 displays, please purchase one of these Display Tips e-books.

A country church yard

We believe you will then be able to set up your houses to look like these photographs -- since everything will be explained in this e-book.

Just remember, if it is not, and you are not satisfied, simply let us know and we will refund your purchase price with no questions asked.


The e-book, which can be downloaded immediately, sells for $17.56 and comes with 6 free bonuses.

But before you check out these free bonuses, please note that we have a special deal if you purchase now.

We also sell an ebook Displaying Your Collectible Houses - Display By Numbers.

 dept 56 displays

This ebook sells for $19.56 - if bought seperately. However, if you purchase both e-books (Display Tips for Your Collectible Houses and Displaying Your Collectible Houses - Display By Numbers) you can save over $12 and get them both for $25. Just click the Buy Now button, below, and you will get more information.

But Wait!!!    There is More!!!

We also sell an e-book entitled Dept 56 Display Table Plans - Building the Perfect Display Table.

Dept 56 Table Plans

This ebook gives you the plans to build the perfect Dept 56 display table. This ebook sells for $10 by itself, but you save much by buying all three e-books (Tips, Displays, & Plans). 

For more information on why we think this is the perfect Dept 56 Display Table, click Dept 56 Display Table Plans, or, click the ebook image above.

Now onto the free bonuses .........

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As a bonus for purchasing this e-book today, you will have access to six different bonuses.

Bonus #1

Excerpts from
Household Elegancies - Suggestions In Household Art and
Tasteful Home Decorations

This book was written in 1857. As you will read below, they took great pride in making their homes beautiful and well decorated.

Excerpts from this book have been taken and re-printed in this little report. In it you will learn how they did the following 4 things back in the 19th century. Maybe you can do it today.

     How to Make Transparencies on Glass, etc.. 
     How to Crystalize Grasses and Ferns, etc.
     How to Preserve White Flowers     
     How to Make Wall Pockets 

Here is the Preface to this book:

 Home! Is there a sweeter word in any language than that of Home? What can bring brighter pictures of joy; what can give images to remain longer on the mind; what can we treasure more tenderly than memories of Home; and where, in all the earth, can happier hearts be gathered, but in the delightful precincts of Home?

Let it be our cordial pleasure, then, to give some useful encouragement to every lover of sweet, pure, tasteful, Home life, helping all to add to its attractions; to show them in many beautiful little ways, how to embellish its walls, improve every room with fancy ornaments, and even decorate the windows with the charms of art and refined taste.

To the Ladies of America, lovers of Home decorations, and ardent imitators of every hint and tasteful suggestion, we present you these pages, and offer our greeting, with the cordial wish, that in every Home where enters this dainty volume, there may be a welcome rich and long remembered.

 Bright moments shall still brighter grow,
 While Home becomes our Heaven below.

Bonuses #2 through 5

You will get step by step instructions and photographs for making each of the Dept 56 accessories in this photograph.

Everything is made from items that you can get either at home or the local craft supply store.

You will get full instructions for Making Your Own -

  •  Stone Walls and Bridges
  •  Split Rail Fences
  •  Tombstones
  •  Cobblestone Streets

Bonus #6

You will get step by step instructions and photographs for making these cute little magnolias, as shown in this picture -

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To order this e-book for $17.56
(and get all 6 bonuses),
Buy Dept 56

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If you are still undecided, here are some unsolicited comments from Happy Readers!

Many people have already purchased this book and have made favorable comments about it. Here are a few comments we recently received concerning the book:

"LOVE THE TIPS BOOK!!!! I am already using several of them, as I plan to leave my display up year-round. What a wonderful offering! Thank you again! Your photos are great -- your displays are tops! This e-book is the best!"


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"Thanks for your wonderful e-book.   .....  I am forwarding it to my husband to "inspire" him.  We have collected (D56 houses) for many years now  ...  We've always done a "simple" display either on shelves, the mantle, or a table with just a tablecloth -- but never did the "styrofoam - thing".  For next year, we've decided this would be a fun family project to do together ..... Thanks so much for writing this and all the great tips!"


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"Congratulations on having such a creative wife. We have downloaded and read every word at least once. ……. Have been drawing lakes to go to the glass shop to have them made. Will not have to do that now. I like it."


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"Great product -- better than expected!"


(Just in case you missed it, you can find 5 display tips or ideas on this web site by clicking here or by clicking on the link in the left margin.

You can also sign up for a series of 5 more tips or ideas which will be delivered to your e-mail account. To get these tips, simply fill in the form to the left.)

I guess that just about says it all, ……so

Happy collecting!!!


Elizabeth Dinger

P.S. I know of no other book, e-book or otherwise, which takes someone step by step through the entire process of setting up a display. At the present time this is NOT on an affiliate program, so it must be purchased through LoMist Publishing.

There is no better time than the present to get this unique booklet!


P.P.S. If for some reason you would like to get a condensed booklet of the information, we have taken all of the pertinent ideas from e-book and made it into a tips booklet. This 3 ½ inch by 8 ½  glossy covered, 16 page booklet entitled “153 Tips for Displaying your Collectible Lighted Houses” is available for $6.50 (includes postage). 

As one happy buyer said "I ordered the hardcopy earlier today to use as a prize at our D56 Club meeting." 


P.P.P.S. If for any reason you are not satisfied with your book or booklet, just let us know and we will gladly refund your money.


P.P.P.P.S.  If you feel "display" challenged and are at a loss for new display ideas, please visit our other auction on How To Display Your Collectible Houses. We call it Displays By Number. With it you get 20 detailed diagrams on how to build beautiful and memorable displays.


P.P.P.P.P.S.  Don't forget our special deal if you purchase both of our e-books. Just click Buy Now for more information.


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