that didn’t make it into the Hillary’s Blinds blog.
Over on the Hillary’s window blinds blog we’ve been getting quite excited about Christmas. In fact, it’s been the theme for most of our recent posts and this week will be no exception. We’ve once more given up on discussing the various varieties of wooden blinds and, instead, are suggesting you find something more festive to cover your window. As pleased as we are with our Christmas window dressing guide, I must admit that not all our ideas have been the most frugal. To me, this is a little sad as, since I was small, my favourite Christmas decorations have always been the home made ones that make Christmas feel really personal.
So whilst the Hillary’s blog is a great place to go for inspiration of ways to Christmas-a-tise your window if you’re in a hurry, here I’m going to share three of my favourite window decorating techniques that you can make yourself at home from things you probably already have.
Instead, why not try this recipe for making your own fake snow?
Mix about half a can of lager with three or four table spoons of Epsom salts - that's how simple it is! You’ll be left with a snowy looking paste that is safe paint on you windows.
Although it’s not as quick as spraying, in many ways I prefer it, using a brush to paint allows you to produce a lot more accurate details, and if you prefer to stencil you can still do this using a sponge.
When twelfth night comes the snow should come off easily with vinegar and water.
The paper snow flake
So, in case you’ve forgotten your primary school art lessons and need a reminder about how to create these, here are step by step instructions.
1. Cut squares of paper to the size you want your snow flake to be
2. Fold diagonally in half making a triangle
3. Fold again to make a smaller triangle
4. Fold in the corners of the triangle making an arrow head shape
5. Use scissors to cut a triangle from the tip of your arrow head
6. Cut a pattern into the sides of your arrow with scissors
If everything went well you should then be able to unfold your arrow revealing a beautiful snowflake; make a few of these and they’ll be great to stick in your window.
Recycle Christmas cards
Consider keeping your Christmas cards from year to year, as a far more fun way to recycle them than just throwing them in the recycling bin is to use them to make brand new Christmas decorations. There are lots of creative ways you can use old Christmas cards, gift tags, paper models or even using them as the base for the paper snowflakes mentioned above are just a few of the options, but my personal favourite is to make a collage by cutting out any characters or particularly exciting pictures. One great place you can then display this collage is, of course, in the window. If you have window blinds this is particularly easy, just roll your blind about a quarter of the way down and attach the collage to the blind itself.
These are just a few of the more frugal Christmas window decorating ideas, you no doubt have many of your own. That’s why homemade Christmas decorations are so great, they are so personal and give everyone a chance to show off some creativity. If you find the time this Christmas, I hope you enjoy making some of your own decorations.
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