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Light Up Snowman Indoor

An Indoor Snowman or Snowwoman

It may seem odd to have an indoor snowman (or snowwoman) but if you can’t go out in the cold or you don’t have much snow in your area, an indoor snowman is a fun way to enjoy making your own snowman without any snow and without getting your hands cold!

Light up the Snowman

Lighting up a snowman indoors can be a fun and festive way to decorate your home during the winter season or for special occasions. Here’s a simple guide on how to create a light-up snowman indoors:

Materials you’ll need:

  • White styrofoam balls in various sizes (or any other material for creating the snowman’s body)
  • Black felt or construction paper (for the snowman’s eyes, mouth, and buttons)
  • Orange felt or construction paper (for the snowman’s nose)
  • Small twigs or pipe cleaners (for the snowman’s arms)
  • Scarf, hat, and any other accessories you’d like to add
  • Clear string lights or LED fairy lights

Step-by-step instructions:

  • Build the snowman’s body: Stack the white styrofoam balls on top of each other from largest to smallest, creating a snowman shape. You can use glue or toothpicks to secure the balls together.
  • Add facial features: Cut out eyes, a mouth, and buttons from the black felt or construction paper, and stick them onto the snowman’s head.
  • Create the nose: Cut a small triangle from the orange felt or construction paper and attach it to the snowman’s face to make the nose.
  • Add arms: Use small twigs or pipe cleaners and insert them into the middle ball of the snowman’s body to create arms.
  • Dress up the snowman: Put a scarf around the snowman’s neck and place a hat on its head. You can also add other accessories like mittens or a small broom for extra detail.
  • Prepare the lights: Wrap clear string lights or LED fairy lights around the snowman’s body, being careful not to cover the facial features or accessories. Make sure the lights are evenly distributed and secure them in place with tape or by tucking them into the snowman’s body.
  • Plug in and enjoy: Once you’re satisfied with the snowman’s appearance and the lights are securely in place, plug in the lights and watch your indoor snowman come to life with a warm and enchanting glow!

Safety Tips:

  • When using string lights or fairy lights, ensure they are in good working condition and do not have any exposed wires.
  • Avoid using candles or any open flames near the snowman or other flammable materials.
  • Keep the snowman away from curtains, fabrics, and other potentially hazardous areas.
  • Remember to have fun and get creative with your light-up snowman indoor decoration. It will surely add a charming touch to your home during the winter season or any festive occasion!

Other Light-up Christmas Decorations

There are numerous creative and delightful light-up Christmas decorations you can make to add a festive ambiance to your home during the holiday season. Here are some ideas:

Light-Up Christmas Wreath

Create a traditional Christmas wreath using artificial greenery, pine cones, and ornaments. Add battery-powered LED lights or string lights intertwined throughout the wreath for a warm and welcoming glow.

Mason Jar Luminaries

Decorate mason jars with holiday-themed stickers, snowflakes, or paint. Insert fairy lights or battery-operated tea lights inside the jars to create charming luminaries for your windowsills or tabletops.

Light-Up Christmas Tree Centerpiece

Craft a small tabletop Christmas tree using cardboard or craft foam. Add colorful ornaments, beads, and garlands, and wrap string lights around the tree to create a sparkling centerpiece.

Glowing Snowflake Window Clings

Cut snowflake shapes out of translucent vellum paper or plastic sheets. Stick them to your windows and add LED lights behind the snowflakes for a magical, snowy effect.

DIY Christmas Lanterns

Decorate glass or metal lanterns with holiday-themed stencils, ribbons, or paint. Place battery-operated pillar candles or LED string lights inside the lanterns for a cozy and safe illumination.

Light-Up Christmas Canvas Art

Create festive holiday scenes on canvases using acrylic paints. Embed LED lights or fairy lights within the artwork to make the elements of the painting come to life with a warm glow.

Twinkling Christmas Garland

Enhance a standard Christmas garland with battery-powered twinkle lights. Drape the garland along the staircase, fireplace mantel, or across a bookshelf for a magical touch.

Illuminated Christmas Village

Build a miniature Christmas village using cardboard, craft foam, or even recycled materials. Place battery-operated tea lights inside the buildings to bring the village to life with a cozy radiance.

Light-Up Christmas Stockings

Embellish your Christmas stockings with battery-powered LED lights or fairy lights. Hang them on the mantle, and they’ll add an extra twinkle to your holiday decor.

Light-Up Mason Jar Snow Globes

Create your own snow globes using mason jars, water, faux snow, and small holiday figurines. Add LED lights inside the jar to illuminate the scene and give it a magical feel.

Remember to prioritize safety when making light-up Christmas decorations. Always use battery-operated lights or LED lights to avoid any fire hazards, especially when using materials like paper or fabric. Enjoy the creative process, and have a merry and luminous Christmas!

 

Door Covers For Easy Fun Budget Christmas Decorating

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Decorating For Christmas

Not everyone wants to think about a Christmas theme or to carry out all the work involved in sourcing and decorating to suit the chosen theme. There are some really lovely and unusual themes that can be chosen, instead of the traditional red and green that can be supplied by a Christmas tree or wreath and some red baubles or holly berries. These can require a lot of work and a reasonable budget that not everyone can afford. Christmas can still be fun and decorative without a large budget.

Christmas tree, basic theme for decorating

Tree and wreath with mistletoe for a traditional Christmas

Christmas Tree

For some people, a cheerful Christmas tree, decorated with hand made items, some fairy lights and perhaps sparkly tinsel is as much as they can think of with everything else to do at Christmas, especially if children are involved. And if a budget is a big consideration, then perhaps any spare money should be spent on quality toys for children or good food, rather than decorations which may be discarded once Christmas is done or which may not survive any mauling they may receive.

Christmas Themes

Christmas themes, cover front door

Fun Christmas theme using gnomes

For others, decorating for Christmas requires careful thought ahead of time, with a different theme or color scheme each year being a total necessity. Your theme may depend on whether you will be hosting adult or perhaps business company for Christmas or whether you are a harrassed parent with a number of small children and plenty of company to keep you busy. Themes do not all have to be high cost or bought in, they can be home made, with children creating snowmen or snowwomen and families or gnomes, for instance from recyclable materials that might otherwise be junked, including toilet paper inner rolls, dishwashing liquid bottles, cereal packets, paints, pencils or crayons and a lot of imagination and possibly cotton wool.

Door Covers

Door covers are a great way to decorate the outside or inside of your home at low cost. These are plastic or pvc sheets with colorful Christmas themes and pictures that are pinned or taped to the doors in your house. They are mostly budget friendly and provide a quick way of brightening the house with a cheerful and colorful festive feel. Being plastic, they are waterproof, so can be used outside on your entry door or inside on various inner doors.

Points To Be Careful Of

Christmas cover poster with snowflakes for door wall covering ideas

Plastic Christmas door cover or poster

If you are choosing a door cover or door covers for your house, make sure you know, as far as you can, what you are getting.

Height

Door covers can be different heights, ranging from 5 feet to 7 feet. A 5 foot cover is unlikely to cover your whole door but can look very effective centered vertically on the door, especially if it has a glass panel to shine light through. You can also add decorations top and bottom, depending on your creativity and the material to hand, For instance green paper at the bottom for grass or white for snow, perhaps wood effect paper at the top to suggest a shed. A 7 foot door cover may well cover your whole door or most of it.

Width

Check the width of your chosen cover against your door width. You may prefer a narrow cover or want one that goes right to the edges. Remember you will need a way to open the door and may need to cut a slit for a handle.

Attaching The Cover

Many of the door covers come with a rope that attaches to corner holes but this may not be suitable for your door. You may need to tape or tack the cover to your door. Be sure you are happy with the options you choose before perhaps realising that you could cause damage to a new door.

Quality

As with anything, you need to be sure of the quality of the item you are getting compared with the price you are paying. You will not get a silk purse at sow’s ear prices but you will at least want something that is likely to last out the Christmas season without ripping, even if it does not survive for re-use next year.

Christmas Eve Box

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The Christmas Eve Box

You or the kids too excited to settle to anything on Christmas Eve? Hard waiting for Santa to arrive? What about preparing a Christmas Eve Box to make the waiting more bearable and have a Merry Christmas Eve?

It’s a great new tradition that you may want to start for yourself or your own family of a box or bag to open on Christmas Eve. It doesn’t have to contain anything massively expensive. It can be one box for each person or one for the whole family. Certainly a family bag or box could help lessen the overall cost.

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Some Ideas For Inclusions

You may want to put in Christmas PJs, or onesies to start off the Christmas spirit and keep everyone warm and cosy. You could also include a movie, especially a Christmas themed one, plus some candy, hot chocolate, etc. It’s easier to include single items, like movies, if you use a family box, rather than individual boxes, though if your family are at the stage where they don’t want to watch a movie together, you may decide to include games for various machines and then perhaps individual boxes would be better.

Less Expensive Items

Christmas socks.

These can have non-slip soles for running around shoe-less, without slipping and sliding on polished floors. You can go for non-Christmas themed socks, such as superheroes, or cartoon animals, or Christmas themes. Non slip socks are available for men, women and children and can be a useful gift for a senior in a hospital or care home.

Music

Christmas music playing softly in the background can be a great way of keeping the whole family calm, while still excited about Christmas. There are many compilations you can buy as CDs or download straight onto a player. And if you want to listen to Christmas music for free, try these original Victorian themed Christmas songs, available online.

Books

There are many children’s books about Christmas, whether religious or secular, depending on your preference. Or why not treat yourself to a Christmas themed book? A number of genres include stories with a Christmas setting or theme, including romance, horror, crime, etc. There are also puzzle and coloring books available with Christmas themes. If you are buying coloring or puzzle books, remember to include pencils or crayons, plus a safety sharpener and perhaps an eraser. If your box includes electric toys, remember batteries.

Pet Presents

If you have a family pet, you may wish to include them in the Christmas Eve celebrations, perhaps with pet treats or even a Christmas costume, if your pet would wear it.

After Christmas Events

Your Christmas Eve box may be the place to surprise the family with an after Christmas event, such as Pantomime tickets, or a visit to an ice skating rink or even a ballet or concert. If you like to take a holiday at Christmas, then your Christmas Eve box could be something light to take along with you on holiday, leaving the Christmas presents back at home ready for your return. You can still carry Christmas with you.

Christmas Eve Splurges

Your Christmas Eve box could also include things to do with Christmas, like art for the Christmas tree, such as painted slates or wooden shapes to hang on the tree. These are novel decorations that you can either purchase from a local artist or buy blank to decorate yourself. This could be an activity to keep children occupied and provides keepsakes for that particular Christmas.

Other Christmas Eve Box Gifts

Depending on the age, gender and composition of your Christmas Eve gathering, you might include gifts like¬†jewelry, silver photo frames, tickets for a holiday, or even non-monetary gifts such as paper promises of time spent with someone. Some really desirable gifts might be an evening’s baby sitting, a promise to wash the dishes (or fill the dishwasher) or tidy a room or declutter a cupboard, or even read a long story over several nights to a child. These do not cost the donor any money but provide very welcome gifts., because you are giving the gift of your time and attention.

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