Christmas is coming, so it's time to bring some festive cheer into your home. Of course, everybody loves a Christmas tree, but why stop there? Decorating your windows is the perfect way to display your Christmas spirit and, let's face it, driving down a snowy road at Christmas looking in at those warm twinkly lights brings a smile to everybody's face. Here are some tips from our friends at Best Gapp on how to make your windows look Christmassy:
Before you start decorating your windows, there are two important steps to take:
1. Clean your windows - you don't want to draw undue attention to your dirty, grimy windows, do you?
2. Get yourself in the Christmas spirit - pour yourself a glass of mulled wine and put on some Christmas tunes. Go on, you know you want to...
Now you're ready to get started. Here are some great ideas:
Place some advent candles on your windowsill
Because they'll be in close proximity to your curtains and therefore a fire hazard, it's best to buy some electric or battery-operated candles for this job. Candle arches look fabulous in a window - it's the perfect way to bring some extra light in and make your home look cosy from the outside.
Use fake snow
Spray some fake snow around the edges of your window, making it look like a snowdrift has gathered in the corners. You can also use fake snow to spray in Christmas stencils on your window - use shapes such as Santa or reindeer, or simply make some large snowflakes.
Add some twinkly Christmas lights
Use lights to frame your window, or to hang garland-style around the edges. If you prefer, you can buy curtain lights to imitate snowfall down your window.
Hang a Christmas wreath in your window
You can buy a wreath or make your own, depending on how creative you're feeling. Then attach it to your curtain rail using festive ribbon.
Hang some Christmas tree decorations
Let's face it, it can be difficult to resist buying new decorations for your tree every year, but sooner or later you'll run out of space for your baubles. Never fear - you can hang them in your window. Decide on a specific colour scheme and theme for each window to keep your decorations coordinated, and hang them at varying lengths for a bit of interest.
Decorate your windowsill with Christmas ornaments
Again, choose a theme so your window looks coordinated rather than disorganised, then let your imagination run riot! Build your own nativity scene, show Santa and his reindeer delivering the Christmas presents, or just create your own winter wonderland.
Put your tree in the window
If you have a bay window, consider placing your Christmas tree in the window or, if you have a ledge, buy a small table-top tree and place it in the centre of your window.
Decorating your windows for Christmas can be great fun. Just remember to keep popping outside so you can see your window through the eyes of a passerby. This will help you to balance your decorations and make your window look perfect. Happy decorating! Hic!
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