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Day 19 Blogger Advent Calendar: Homemade Window Displays

homemade christmas decoration for window

I’ve never professed to be a crafty type in the slightest, but once the first door on the advent calendar’s been broken into, I get a primal need to start making things like Mrs Claus possessed. I don’t feature crafts on my own blog because I’m just too much of a perfectionist, after spending 5 hours making rainbow coloured, tissue paper flowers, I’ll convince myself it all looks a bit naff and my inner domestic demon will have deserted me. 

homemade christmas window display

This is where the lovely Carolin comes in, I promised her a handmade Christmas decoration post, and that’s exactly what she’s gonna get.

Be gentle with me.

This post is for making a last minute, cheap as chips festive window display, or hell, you could put them anywhere really, the more the merrier, it is that time of the year after all. You can also totes get the kids involved, if you’re of a fearless disposition.

You will need:

  • White A4 printer paper
  • Sticky tape
  • White cotton
  • Scissors
  • A pencil
  • A small plate or saucer
  • And optional: Glitter, a laminator and laminating pockets, a cat and a lot of gin.

homemade christmas window display 1

First step:

Remember making paper snowflakes when you were a kid? Yeah? Good. Let’s take it back to the old skool. Draw around your plate onto the A4 paper (obvs you can just draw one circle on the first sheet of paper and cut multiple sheets of paper at once to save time) and fold three times until you have a nice cone shape and then it’s time to get snippy! Let your creativity take over and do whatever designs take your fancy. Don’t worry about getting all technical, as long as they’re roughly circular and pretty, well, that’s a snowflake in my book.

homemade christmas window display 2

Literally cut out as many as you like, it can get quite addictive, for a window I’d suggest making at least ten. Unfold them, revel in your creative genius, celebrate with a mince pie and then it’s time for step two.

Second step:

If you intend to hang the snowflakes, they’re going to need some support, as they tend to go a bit floppy after a while. Ahem. I used a laminator, (don’t ask me why I have a laminator, I honestly don’t know what came over me) but if you don’t have one to hand, like any sane person, you can use sticky tape on both sides of your snowflake, or even tape some kebab sticks in a cross shape to them.

Shout at the cat when she suddenly decides to jump on the table and help you mess everything up.

For added frivolity, I chucked a bit of glitter into the laminator pocket before sealing it, but again you can just glue some on if you wish. Don’t try to do this one-handed while taking photos at the same time, you can end up with something quite psychedelic like I did.

homemade christmas window display 3

Cut off the excess plastic, tape a length of cotton to the top of your now indestructible snowflake, and voila! You’re done! Stick them in jolly little clusters in your window, to the ceiling, to the cat, wherever! Add baubles, honeycomb decorations, tissue paper pom-poms to create a real vintage, festive feel.

homemade christmas window display 4

A really cheap, last minute decorative idea that will go with any colour scheme or festive theme that can be used year after year and the best bit? No one will ever have the same snowflakes as you, because every snowflake is totally unique, right?

Merry Chrimble everyone!

Day 19 of the Blogger Advent Calendar was brought to you by Cas from Mummy Never Sleeps. When Cas isn’t trying to remember when she last listened to a CD without nursery rhymes, she drinks tea or recharging her batteries with Dairy Milk.

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Freelance writer and translator that blogs about her adventure as a first time mummy and has a passion for pretty stationery, magazines and interior design.

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