Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Christmas Outdoor decor

Lets welcome Santa with a warm cheer and beautiful outdoor as well indoor decor this Christmas. He will be delighted to witness a charming display of lights, colorful ornaments and enchanting decoration within the house and without but there is only one risk, he might just forget to slide down the chimney once captivated by the beauty of your front garden. Hey, but its worth the trouble, isn't it? After all its not everyday that you get a chance to show how much you love and appreciate Christmas to Santa Claus and the rest of the neighborhood as well.

Some of the latest Outdoor Christmas Decorating Ideas are:

Luminaries: Line up the drive and walkways with luminaries. These can be made by hand cutting shapes such as snowflakes, stars, snowmen, as well as commercial luminaries.

Nativity Scene

A Gift Giving Christmas: Unleash your creativity by placing gifts...giant gifts outside, in your front yard. Wrap wood crates (or large cardboard boxes) in Christmas paper and a large bow. Highlight the ribbons and bows with a string of lights.

Santa's Workshop: Excite the neighborhood children by building a mock toy workshop on your front lawn. Set up oblong tables covered with brown table cloths and tinfoil. Place toys on this table and stand garden gnomes throughout the area. Set up a fake Santa Claus on the roof of the house for supervising the "elves".

Make a snowman. Better yet, make a whole snow family or even a whole snow village!

Themed Christmas Decorations: Some ideas for themes include: candy canes, snowflakes, snowmen, Christmas trees, angels, candles, bells, reindeer, and of course Santa Clause and his sleigh.

A forest theme is much easier to achieve in a large lawn along with twig bird nests, pine cones, oak leaves, raffia bows, twig garlands, acorns and clusters of berries.

You can organize a bar-be-cue- party where candies ornament Christmas trees, chocolate Christmas cakes adorn the dinner table and more surprisingly, Santa in his green apron goes about looking after the cooking.

Choose a rustic theme for wood cabins, lodges and country farmhouses, complete with crackling fire and raffia bows.

If you have a large, bare outside wall, cut a Christmas silhouette from a piece of plywood (a silhouette of Santa, a snowman, etc). Using screws, attach your silhouette to a short post that you can drive into the ground. Position a spot light on the other side of the silhouette so that it will shine on the silhouette and project a large shadow on the wall.

Wrap your front door in plain white paper and decorate with a large bow. Place red and green pens by the front door and have guests sign the door as they leave your home.

Holiday Welcome Window Box - To give your home a holiday face, consider branching out from traditional wreaths. This arrangement of evergreen boughs, berried branches, and pine cones is perfect for window boxes and planters.

Trim door frames, window frames and the edges of mirrors with Christmas garlands. Drape bells over a door knob so that they ring when someone enters or exits.

Giant Icicles

Materials
Window screen, Scissors, Clear rhinestones, large silver sequins, and other embellishments, Boxes of plastic wrap, Strings of miniature white lights, Thin aluminum wire, Needle-nose pliers, Gloves, Hot-glue gun and glue sticks, Hammer and nails or staple gun and staples.

Instructions:
Cut screen into a long, narrow triangle.Scatter some embellishments on the screen. Bunch up a long, narrow cylinder of plastic wrap; place over the embellishments along center of screen triangle. Arrange white lights on plastic wrap, leaving both ends free at top of triangle. Try to keep light bulbs visible outside of plastic wrap and tuck wire within wrap. Bring long edges of the triangle together and secure with pieces of small twisted wire, leaving top open. When completely wired closed, scrunch and mold to create irregular icicle appearance. Hot-glue or wire some embellishments to outside of icicle. Hang from eaves or gutters either by wiring, nailing, or stapling. Hang one at a time, spacing as desired and connecting light strands when needed.

Decorate your outdoor space with the above and watch with pleasure as your guests gape their way through this magical Eldorado.

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