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Topic: Ideas for Exterior Christmas Decorations?  (Read 1158 times)
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« on: November 22, 2006 02:30:39 PM »

Come on guys, I need some help.
Decorating the inside of my house? no problem there.
The outside is another story.  I have multicoloured lights up and I have a wreath with white lights that I am going to decorate and I am going to wrap my two white pillars outside the front door with red ribbon to make them look like candy canes.
This is not enough!!!!  I have a window box that is about 6 inches wide and 6 feet long, that I want to decorate.  Any ideas for what can go in it?
And I want something that can sit on the ground by the front door (probably about a 2 foot square area).  I was going to get a mini tree but there aren't any plugs I could use for lights.
I need some crafty ideas, because when I go to the store to buy decorations, the plastic tackiness just doesn't say Christmas to me.
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« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2006 05:18:35 PM »

My mother and I always go out to the country and collect pine and cedar boughs. We also clip branches off of these shrubs that have a kind of reddish tinge. They grow in swampy areas, I have heard someone refer to them as sumac. (I live in Ontario)

We take all the boughs and stuff and arrange them in a planter that normally has coleus and stuff in the summer (a round urn shaped vessel) The red branches go in the middle because they are taller.

We wrap the boughs around posts and wire them to the railings and tuck them in other planters.

Then get a couple of packages of cranberries and string them on thread and drape them around. Sometimes the birds eat them, that makes it really pretty to have birds all over the place.

You could also try making candle holders out of ice...I think I saw a Martha Stewart magazine or website with these.

Well that was a bit long, hope it helps


« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2006 12:37:14 PM »

My favourite decoration for my home is actually something I have outside, on the balcony's railings... I took inspiration from how they use to decorate the outside of houses in northern Italy or sud - Tirol and I did my own way....
first there are several shoeboxes I wrapped in shiny paper - red and green -  and then in layers of transparent plastic with tape covering all the possible openings do that water doesn't get it, and I put some ribbons on - basically I made biiiiig gift boxes and I tied those on the railing, leaving some empty areas. (I've been using the same boxes for three years already so I know that they last a lot!).
In the empty bits, last year I added three big wooden cutouts  of an ice skate (that's a bit of my life, I work in an ice rink!), a gingerbread man and a snowman - I drew the pictures on wood, cut them out and painted & sealed them, and then made holes from which to anchor them to the railings.
Then on top of the railing there's a double strand of exterior fairy lights (pretty big ones, actually) which gives a lovely glow to the balcony... I love coming back home during the Holidays!!
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2006 08:49:59 AM »

Have you ever heard of ice-lamps? (or similar)
Of course it depends on how cold it is where you live, but they are rather simple to make and SO cheap!
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