3 Paving the street
Between the houses it is an idea to build streets, wide streets, small alleys and here and there a square make the whole lively. The streets connect the village as a whole.
Engraving / scratching
Whatever material you have chosen for the base, all surfaces are suitable for adding streets and squares. Sometimes with extra material, but with Styrofoam you can make the stone streets directly in the base material. This is possible by drawing a street motif in the surface with a hot object, soldering gun or a hot-wire as shown in the photo on the right. just quietly engrave on stones. Some people also use so-called. blue plates that are available at the better hobby shop for scale model construction or underlay sheets for laminate. Just try a piece. take as an example a picture of a random street motif.
When the motif is ready, we can paint the whole in the color that ultimately should only be visible in the joints. Then the paving stones can be colored with a paint roller, so that the joints do not show up again. Wiping a bit of sand or scattered snow in the joints gives a “real” result.
Ready-made street mats and puzzle pieces
Less labor-intensive are of course the ready-made street mats that are available at the houses. These are available with straight stones or as old connecting stones. Because these are sold rolled up, it can be difficult to process them nicely in your village. A bit of heat can help this, put your roll on the stove for a few minutes and then push it flat into place. Locking with black button pins can also be a solution when they can be pressed into the ground. On a wooden surface you can fix them with a tacker or double-sided tape.
Lemax, Luville, Dickensville and Department56 also have articles in their assortment which fit together like a puzzle piece and can be linked indefinitely. Made of plastic or polyresin, with and without snow .. straight or in a bend. Ready … in color! For the playful village there is even an implementation of candy paths …
Cut and paste
Another great way is to make your own stones and “streets” them as a real road user. These can be mosaic tiles, pieces of cardboard, egg boxes, cork or whatever, as long as it looks like paving stones. Stick this playfully or in a wild game (start one row at a time with a whole, and at the other time with a half). Give them a stone color and ready! In the tip strip (bottom) you see an example with egg cartons cut into pieces .. if you first paint everything gray and then only the stones with a paint roller dark red or brown, it is as if there is a gray joint between the stones.
No sense or no time to tinker, but still a nice street in the village can of course also lay down with a piece of paper with a stone motif. This can be cut in all shapes and repeated indefinitely. Here are some examples, click on Streets, Stones and Tiles and print it out as often as necessary. To extend the shelf life of the PCBs, lamination is an option. My Village also has a bottom plate in the collection. There are some streets, but also a small lake printed on it..
Furthermore, loose spreading materials such as gravel, of course, are suitable for making a path. But also dried coffee grounds (= earth) or colored sand. All garden centers sell small pots of decoration gravel. For larger villages, a bag of aquarium gravel is cheaper.
Or look around you in a carpet shop or DIY store .. o.a. Hornbach has this vinyl in their assortment. Looks like the stones that are among the old Luville dolls. It glimpses a bit but you can light it, or leave it and some snow on it .. Often per linear meter for sale in 2 or 4 meters wide … but maybe you can also take a strip of 10cm.
Template or stamp
In the dollhouse world they can do it for a while, templates for bricks. With a pigmented powder (molding) mixed with water you make a paste which you rub on a surface through a template. At the doll’s house, for example, to put a brick motif on the outside of the doll’s house. these templates are available in various motifs and some are suitable as paving stones. maybe not the easiest way and not the cheapest way, it’s fun to do if you take time out!
If you prefer to work with clay, you can also create a template / stamp yourself and stamp a pattern in the clay. You can make a shape from a lego stone or a brush where you get the hair out. You can buy air-drying clay at an Action. Roll it out as flat as possible and press the stone motive for it to harden. painting can be done as described above once it is dry. If you know which figures to put there, you can also press them into the soft clay so that it is preformed. Do not let it stand as long as it dries naturally.
More and more you see cars appear in Christmas villages. It may all be more modern and therefore there are also roads for sale. If you want to make a motorway yourself, it is sufficient to paint a job with black paint. With a white brush or chalk you make lines and of course a zebra crossing. If you’d rather buy it than Department 56 has a roll of “high way” or Village-Streets. Unfortunately, Department 56 is difficult to obtain in Europe. In the better toy trade is a nice alternative for this, way2play. a real Dutch invention. The motorway consists of all puzzle pieces of rubber that fit together. You can create your own job there. Sets up to 12 pieces, curves and crossing incl.
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