Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and decorating is the perfect way to get you in the mood for love. So pull out your favourite love songs CD, and browse our ideas for decorating your windows to let your loved one know that love is in the air. Here are some tips from our friends at Best Gapp, an estate agent in Belgravia:
Light up your windows with fairy lights. Fairy lights come in all shapes, sizes and colours, but there can only be one choice for Valentine's Day - nothing says love like red heart-shaped lights.
Flowers are the most popular choice of Valentine's gift, and while you'll undoubtedly be inundated with flowers from your loved one on the big day, why not place some in your window in the preceding days. (If nothing else, it may give your partner a subtle hint!) Roses are the traditional flower of love, but you don't have to go with tradition - take your pick from tulips, orchids, sunflowers, irises, and gardenias, which all hold various meanings for love, loyalty and happiness.
Nothing sets the scene for a little bit of romance like candlelight, so why not place some in your windows. Make a centrepiece with red, white or pink candles, and sprinkle the window ledge with rose petals. Alternatively, choose a romantic floating display with heart-shaped candles floating in a clear bowl.
Who doesn't love a bit of bunting? Making bunting to display in your window shows your sense of fun and enthusiasm for the day of love.
To make material bunting, visit your local sewing shop and look for pretty offcuts of material - flowered patterns are a great choice, as is anything red or pink. Shape the material into triangles and cut out heart shapes to sew on the front.
For a quicker, easier method, make your bunting from card. Then thread your shapes onto a piece of string and hang it in your window.
If you want to show your loved one that they light up your life, then make some Valentine suncatchers to hang in your windows. Cut out heart-shaped frames from coloured card, then stick coloured or patterned tissue paper in the centre. When the sun shines through your windows, your room will be lit up with colourful heart shapes.
Valentine's Day Sweets
Recycle some old jars and fill them with a variety of Valentine's sweets. Placing chocolates in your window isn't always wise as the sun can cause them to melt (although you can probably risk it in February!). But visit your local sweet shop and you'll be spoilt for choice - love hearts, jellybean hearts, and fizzy hearts are just some of the options available to you. Your house will look like an old-fashioned sweet shop of love!
Finally, remember cutting out paper snowflakes at Christmastime? Use the same technique to create cute paper hearts to hang in your windows. Cut out heart shapes from thick coloured card, then cut smaller heart shapes in the centre. This is a great activity to share with your kids.
Now you should be in the mood for love! Happy Valentine's Day!
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