In the fall of 2017 I decided to adapt the Golden Christmas Room to one of my display cases. I wanted it to look much like the original by Brooke Tucker with a few changes.
I changed the fireplace in the living room, added mirrors to the walls above the mantels, used different posts supporting the dining room beam, added different furnishings and a tree all decked out with colored LED lights. I also designed my own wallpaper and flooring. I created the ceiling globes in the landing area and living room.
I used 1/16" thick acrylic mirror with peel and stick backing. Added some stickers on the front to make them look like they had an ornate frame.
I used red 24 gauge wire, stripped off the top 1/16" and dipped the wire in yellow paint to simulate a flame.
I used a faceted clear bead as a model and made a rubber mold of the bead.
Then poured white resin to cast the ceiling globes.
When they were dry I sanded them flat on the top and drilled 3/16" holes in the middle top to accommodate LED chip lights
I cut a block of wood 2-1/2" long by 1" wide by 3/4" high. Sanded it smooth.
Covered the sides with gift wrapping ribbon that was corrugated.
Then I cut lace to fit the top and scalloped the edges. Added a backing and glued it to the table top.
I added gold trim in a swag layout and placed pine boughs at the top of each swag.
The table candles were made with pierced earring backs and red wire much the same as the candles on the mantels.
Are blocks of wood for the seats and strips of manilla folder for the back. Covered them with white on white cotton cloth and trimmed them with gold crosstitch thread.
I made tassels for the back of the chairs with the same gold thread and also tassels for the corner of the chair seats.
Sofa and chair:
I wanted a relaxed look in the living room furnishings so I altered a resin setee and chair to include barrel arms and a more modern top. Cast those in a mold and poured several sets to practice with til I was satisfied with the look.
I covered them both with the same cloth I used on the dining room chairs.
Coffee table and end table:
Those were blocks of walnut wood that I sawed with a table saw to create the feet . Trimmed the tables with gold sticker material, covered the tops with clear plastic from a food container, made the centerpieces with beads, greenery, and jewelry findings.
I used 4 porch posts painted with spray oyster white paint twice. Then decorated them with gold paint banding.
I made the molding on my router. Painted it with the same oyster white spray paint.
The tree was one of the trees available at the hobby store during the holidays. I added the colored fairy lights that I sell and fed the wiring down through the floor and out to the back where all the lights were connected to the power.
I added no hole beads and gold bunka to the tree to make it more festive.
I cut a circle out of white felt. Trimmed it with gold dimensional paint and added other metalic designs from the stickers.
Back lights and graphics:
I created the graphics by using different Christmas cards and my Photoshop Elements 11 program. That was the fun part!!
The lighting was a bit more complicated. There are 10 different lights in the unit not counting the tree.
Wallpaper and Flooring:
The wallpaper was designed in my Excel program.
Alternate columns were filled with a tan color and sized slightly smaller in width than the white columns.
I played around with the different widths to get what you see on the walls.
Then I printed it out on full sheet label material to create peel and stick wallpaper.
Flooring is upholstery fabric in the living room and photo paper for the tile floor on the landing.
A finding for the base, a bead above the base, and I made a mold for the lampshade using a metal bead cap.
Newell posts on the landing:
They were legs from a old furnishings.
In hindsight I would have made temporary Nutcracker soldiers for those posts.
Logs in the living room fireplace are dried and microwaved twigs from the forest I live in.
The fireplace light is a flickering orange LED light that I sell.
The walls were laser cut by SDK miniatures in PA. They cut the windows and fireplaces with shelf units as well.
The piano was a kit from Karen Cary's Miniatures in CA
The Grandfather Clock was a kit from By Sharon Miniatures in NV
I have made this setting many times and each time it is a bit different. I will be redesigning the landing wall to include a door to create an entry. I hope this inspires you to create your own holiday scene by using some of my easy techniques.
I hope to teach this as a class in the fall of 2018 at the Good Sam Show in San Jose, Calif. and as an online class late fall 2018.
My husband and I built the case using oak wood.
The Room Box slides inside the oak case.
By the way...the plant stand on the front left is a 22 calibre bullet casing cut and polished.