For Christmas 2013 I decided to design a display to fit inside the bow window of my lounge.
NOËL window display
The letters spelling out ‘NOËL’ are made from Meccano strips covered in green garland. At night they are lit by a string of 80 standard fairy lights, cut to fit.
The letters during construction
The whole display is suspended from Meccano girders covered in green garland running from left to right across the windows. These in turn are suspended by string from screw fixings placed out of sight at the top of the window frames.
Atop the ‘N’ is Santa Bear on his sleigh filled with presents, pulled by Rudolph the reindeer.
The sleigh is made from printed card and felt, while Rudolph is formed from a wire frame covered in fabric from an old dog toy. He has a red button for a nose, washers for eyes, and sticks for antlers.
Santa Bear in his sleigh pulled by Rudolph
Santa Bear in his sleigh
Rudolph the reindeer
The snowman inside the ‘O’ is made primarily from card, wool and snow spray. He has a sliver of carrot for a nose, pins for eyes, raisins for buttons, and a hand-knitted scarf.
The snowman is mounted on a sheet of clear plastic which is illuminated by concealed high-brightness white LEDs.
Meccano parts are on show as part of the toy factory inside the ‘Ë’ where the elven bears are busy making presents.
Elven bear #1 working on the production line
Elven bear #2 working on the production line
Meccano parts also form the framework for the Georgian house atop the ‘L’, where Santa Bear is attempting to deliver a Christmas present via the chimney.
The interior and exterior details are made from printed card, and the roof is made from wool and snow spray.
Santa Bear delivering a present
Four lamps inside the house illuminate its interior.
The Georgian house close-up, showing the interior detail
Built in December 2013