Wednesday, December 21, 2011

12 Projects of Christmas: Window Decoration

I love to decorate for Christmas. I love the colors, the lights, and all the beautiful ways you can dress up your home! We do our house in mostly red and gold, which you can see in our tree:

Normally, we just hang garland and lights in the windows, but this year I wanted something a little more.  I'd had an idea for this for a while, but the 12 Projects of Christmas finally gave me a reason to sit down and make it.  I have to say, it turned out beautifully (the picture doesn't do it justice--it looks so beautiful at night with the lights around it!) and I'm loving the look of it.

First, lets get our materials:

2 styles of Christmas balls
1 1/2" thick wired ribbon
Hot glue gun (not pictured)
Scissors (not pictured)

You're also going to need a window.  Here's mine!

I love the garland and lights, but I felt like it needed something else.

Start by determining how many pieces or ribbon you would want to hang across the window.  I decided 5 was a good number.  I didn't want them all hanging the same length, so I cut each one a little shorter than the last.

Then I arranged them so they varied a little--didn't want them hanging all in order!  Gotta mix it up a little! :)

Then, I laid out the Christmas balls.  See how the ribbon lengths and ball styles are varied?

Now it's time to make the bows!

Cut 5 pieces of ribbon about 12 inches long each.  Then cut 5 more pieces of ribbon about 3 inches long each.

Take one of the 12-inch ribbons and fold it into thirds.  You want it to look like an untied bow (see my pic)

Next, take one of the 3-inch ribbons and wrap it around the middle of the folded 12-inch ribbon.

Twist the 3-inch ribbon ends around the back of the folded 12-inch ribbon so it creates a bow shape with the tied part in the back.  Fluff your bow up a bit, until it looks how you want.  

Then, thread the ends of the 3-inch ribbon through the look on the ball and twist to secure it.  Turn it around and play with the ribbon until it looks how you want it to.  This is exactly why you need wired ribbon.

Use the hot glue gun to attach one ball to the end of each ribbon strip.
Here are mine!  Don't they look lovely!  :)

Cut a long piece of ribbon that will span the length of your window with a couple inches extra on each side.  Lay it out across the top of your ribbon strips and space out your ribbon strips so they are all equally spaced across the long ribbon.  The long ribbon is what will hang with the garland across the top of the window.  Use the hot glue gun to attach the non-ball end of the ribbons to the window-length ribbon.

Once it's completely set, you can hang it up across your window with the garland!

I love the look that this adds to the window--whimsical and fun, yet classic!

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xoxo, Melissa

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