Decorate Your Windows for Christmas

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Decorations are an essential part of Christmas celebrations. Many people like to decorate their windows during the Christmas holiday season. If you're having trouble deciding how you would like to decorate your Windows this holiday season, the suggestions below for may give you some ideas.

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Wreaths are quick and easy decorations that usually requires little clean-up. They are traditionally hung on the front door, but they can also be hung in a window with ribbons, twine, garland, or even fishing line for a floating effect or on the fireplace. Many stores you visit during the Christmas season will have various wreaths for sale. Some are made with organic materials while others are made with artificial supplies. If you are planning to decorate with the same wreath next year, you might want to purchase one that is artificial. If you can't find a wreath that you like or would like a personalized wreath, you may be able to find materials to make your own wreath by walking in the woods, or at a craft store.

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Organic Things To Decorate A Wreath

Take a walk in the woods. Make sure you use your imagination. An organic wreath made of gifts from the Earth can be unique and beautiful.

  • Pine branches
  • Cedar branches
  • Grave vines
  • Holly or Mistletoe (you might have to purchase these at a florist's shop.
  • Twigs (the red ones can be quite beautiful)
  • Pinecones
  • Acorns
  • Red berries
  • Dried flowers or herbs
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Artificial Things To Decorate A Wreath

  • All of the above can be found in shops - man made.
  • Ribbons
  • Small ornaments
  • Lace
  • Small toys
  • Poinsettia flowers

Don't be afraid to add artificial things to your organic wreath, and adding organic things to your artificial wreath.

Christmas Wreath


Christmas lights are a great way to spruce up your windows for the holiday season. Not only are there various colors to choose from, but lights come in different shapes as well. Reviewing your options early will help you to decide if this type of decoration is for you. You need to figure out how to secure the lights. This depends on the material your home is made of, and where the lights are to be placed. If the lights are going inside the window, they can be secured with tape. You can even create pictures on your Windows by arranging the lights according to a pattern. If you do not have a power outlet near the Windows, don't fret. You may be able to buy battery-powered lights from the internet or a local retail store.

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Various Types of Christmas Lights

There are a variety of styles and colors. They can twinkle and flash, they can be cool white or warm. You can put them around your house, in trees and around bushes. Be creative. In this age of conserving, it's important to know that LED lights are far more efficient, and they don't get hot, so there isn't a risk of fire. Here are a few types of Christmas lights available to purchase.

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  • LED Ropes - They come on a spool. The lights are contained in a plastic tube.
  • Icicle Lights - They have short lengths of lights falling from the main length.
  • Fairy Lights - Smaller lights. Some of these are solar powered.
  • Berry Lights - Usually red - they are round and look like berries.
  • Butterfly Lights - also come in flowers, dragon flies, chili peppers, etc.
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Instead of using string lights in your Windows, you can opt for candles. Candles are more traditional decorations, but you must make sure that safety precautions are followed. When choosing windows to place candles in front of indoors you need to make sure that you will not inadvertently cause a fire. Always consider curtains. Also, place the candle a safe distance away from the window or the window may break from the heat.

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Candles that are battery-powered lights may be better options if you are worried about safety but want the same decorative effect.

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Things You Can Spruce Up With Candles

Aside from windows, there are many places in the house you can make more festive with a candle - or several. Try to keep the number of candles you put together an odd number. No one is sure why this's a mystery. But it does work. Choose festive colors, white, green red, cranberry red, gold. Place beads, or ornaments, sprigs of holly, cedar or pine around the base of the candles.

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  • Dining room table
  • Piano
  • Sideboard
  • Inside a fireplace not in working order
  • On the hearth of a fireplace
  • Fireplace Mantle
A mantle decorated with fresh cedar rope, berry lights, candles, dried flowers and small ornaments.


A garland is a length of leaves, twigs, organic material, or artificial material used as a decoration. Garland can be made of anything your imagination can conjure. Often garland is made of the same material as synthetic Christmas trees. Garland can be used to decorate windows, doorways, banisters, on guard rails, hand rails (both indoors and out), the fireplace mantle and piano.

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Garlands are Constructed From Various Materials

It can be as simple as using store-bought tinsel, or decorating a length of cedar rope.

  • Cedar rope
  • Tinsel
  • Pine boughs
  • Artificial holly
  • Grave vines
  • An assortment

Indoor Decorating Tips

Indoors securely hung garland can be an interesting addition to your Christmas décor. Not only can you decorate it just as you would your tree, but you can hang it anywhere. Placing thick garland on the windowsill can serve as a great boarder for a snowy village. You can even add a light dusting of fake snow so it'll look like snow-covered shrubbery. Hang garlands above the window to allow for hanging decorations like baubles.

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Outdoor Tips

You may want to limit your outdoor decorating to outdoor Christmas lights and plastic ornaments, bows, and holly. This way if it rains nothing will be ruined. Hanging garland securely on the outside tops of Windows may be a great place to hang icicle lights, boughs, wreaths and other decorations that could hang down from the garland over or beside the window.

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Window Decals and Appliqués

Windows are a blank canvas. You can buy decals, stencils, and other appliqués or make your own. If you have a printer you can print out a paper stencil pattern of your choice and create the stencil from cardboard. To use a stencil - tape it to the window temporarily and spray the window with artificial snow. You can also freehand whatever you wish onto the window by mixing dishwashing liquid with cornstarch. To make your own appliqués, buy puff-paint from a craft store, print out Christmas images and lay a sheet of wax paper over them, trace the picture with puff-paint. Let them dry then peel and stick.

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Questions and Answers

How to decorate an outside window with Christmas lights to look like a present?

I want my window to look like it's a gift. How could I do this. There are different ways to accomplish this depending on what type of results you want.

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    With a wire hanger, lights, and garland
    1. Straighten out the wire hanger and secure the garland to it with tape.
    2. Form it into a square.
    3. Wrap Christmas lights around the square.
    4. Place ribbon, crisscrossed like a present on the window, and add wrapping paper facing out. You can also put another layer of wrapping paper on the inside of the window, add ribbon and a bow - so you can also enjoy in inside your home.
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How to put up Christmas window stencils.

I want to have different holiday themed pictures on my windows in fake snow. What you may want to do is create, buy, or print out stencil templates that you like. You can then create a sturdier version out of recycled cardboard from a printed version. Trace or affix the template to the cardboard and cut out the inner parts to create a stencil. There are also templates in many stores that are already made and reusable. After you have made your stencil, choose the kind of paint you'd like to use. You could color the stencil in with artificial snow spray, or make your own window paint out of liquid dish detergent and cornstarch (to thicken) and food coloring. Use it like regular paint, but it stays tacky and is easily cleaned off once the holiday season is over.

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  • Affix stencil temporarily to the window with masking tape.
  • Spray with snow spray or paint.
  • Let dry for a while before using a new color - to make sure you don't have any running colors and your lines remain clean.
  • Remove stencils.
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How to make your own window candelabra?

I don't have a candle holder shaped like that. Can I make one? How?

You may need to create different layers on your windowsill in order to hold the candles depending on what type of design you want. The Menorah is a well-known candelabra, which you could easily make by re-purposing glass or plastic soda, wine, or champagne bottles.

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  • Make sure to weigh the bottle down by pouring sand, rice, or pebbles into the bottles before inserting a candle into the mouth.
  • Line up bottles.
    • You can spray paint the bottles ahead of time so the match or look more festive.
    • You can wrap the bottles with wrapping paper, or make a festive label.
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Snowy Glass Candle Holder.

How are these made?

Create the effect of snow on glass.

These could be an interesting addition to a centerpiece or used in a windowsill candelabra.

On the Outside of the Glass

Things You'll Need

  • Clear glass or glass (you can also use a glass jar)
  • Epsom salt (Epsom salt will be the snow)
  • Paintbrush
  • Container
  • Candle
  • Painter's tape
  • Glue


  • Make a design on the glass using the painter's tape.
    • The painter's tape should cover areas that you do not want painted.
  • Paint. Use a paintbrush to spread white glue onto the areas to be painted.
  • Sprinkle Epsom salt onto the wet white glue. Do this over the container so it'll catch any salt that falls off.
  • Allow to dry.
  • Add a candle of your choice.

On the Inside of the Glass


  • White wine
  • Epsom salt
  • Assorted clear glass
  • Paintbrush
  • Bowl white wine
  • Mixing bowl or pie tin
  • Candles if desired


  • Prepare a glass; it can be of different colors.
  • Mix white wine with Epsom salt to make a slush.
  • Pat the slush on the inner sides of the glass.
  • Let it dry overnight until the slush hardens.

This will give the illusion of snow on the glass. You may also paint the slush on the Windows. If you want to remove the slush on the glass container, pour hot water on the outside of the glass to melt the slush inside.

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Decorating a Christmas Window with Twigs.

Tips or techniques

  • Put evergreen boughs beside the Windows as Christmas decoration. They may last until spring.
    • You may paint the twigs.
    • You may also add glitter while the paint is wet.
  • Using twigs to decorate the Windows you may also decorate the trees.
    • Tie a ribbon around the tree.
  • Red berries will become black when the temperature turns freezing.
  • As well as the twigs, you can place decorations like Christmas ornaments.
    • Form the twigs into any shape you desire.
  • Add fresh flowers and change them whenever they wilt.
  • You may use pinecones to decorate.

Christmas Garlands on Window Ledges?

Hi, I am looking for the best way to set Christmas garlands on my window ledges outdoors. As I am curious about the wind, I don't want them blown off the sill.

You could add some thin wire to the garland, and add a screw eye on either side of the window. Now you just have to wrap the wire around the screw eye to secure it.

We have a Merry Christmas sign (with tiny lines) to hang in the front window; we can't get it to hang level.

It is only 10"x12" or so. When we hang it by its suction cups - it's lop-sided because of the cord on one other side. Any ideas? I have tried: Just the suction cup that came with the lights.. I think it was caused by: Cord is heavier on the other side, of course, making it off balance.

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I had this same issue and resolved it using fishing line and a push pin. I secured the push pin into two sides of the window pane. Then tied fishing wire on the lit display and leveled it with the fishing wire. It held the sign straight and you could not see it unless you looked closely. One side of the fishing line was longer than the other side, but I cut longer strands than needed and then trimmed it once the sign was secured.

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Is there anything like the old glass wax to use to stencil on Christmas figures?

I'd like to stencil glass wax ( or what you recommend) on my windows to show my grand kids like we did as kids

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