January 8th, 2007


Homemade Christmas decorations

I wanted to make the house a bit more Christmas-y this year, but didn't have the time, energy, and money to spend hanging lights all over the outside of the house, nor the proper hooks (or wooden window frames for nails) to hang lights on the inside. I'd tried hanging light strings from the strings of the blinds of two windows with paperclips, but the end results were, shall we say, not the sort of thing happy memories are made of.

A week before Christmas, on a day when I was on vacation but kateshort had to work, I scratched a creative itch that's been scuttling about the back burners of my brain for a while.

I made a snowflake out of Christmas lights.

Obviously, my photography leaves a little to be desired, and the drizzle that was coming down didn't help, but there it is.

My inspiration for this was a house up the street from me when I was growing up, where they'd taken two sheets of plywood and some strings of Christmas lights and created their own decorations. The one I remember best was Snoopy in a Santa suit, and the wood was painted so that it looked "right" both day and night.

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Except for being so large that it can't be hung in the window without being partially blocked by the horizontal center bar that divides the two window panes, I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. Maybe for next year I'll use the compass as a compass and make a snowman...

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