So, I thought I'd start a family Christmas window. The idea's simple - each member of our family has a ribbon, and fills it with Christmas things personal to them. They all hang from the curtain rail of a window. It instantly makes a room feel Christmassy, and it's personal too!
I decided to decorate our dining room window. Not only is it totally uninspiring at the moment, it's also where we'll eat Christmas dinner, so will be a real talking point.
Here's how we made it look very festive.
I pulled together bits and bobs of Christmas paper, gift tags, ribbons and some hand made Christmas decorations. I'm not sure baby girl looks too impressed with the prospect at this stage!
We decided to have four items each on 'our' ribbon. A handprint, a decoration, a star and a tag.
First of all, we selected our favourite paper and set about drawing round our hands. Getting baby girl to keep still was a bit tricky! Next we cut them out.
We did the same for a star each. They were different sizes depending how big we each were. Husband had the biggest, and baby girl had the smallest. Our son loved cutting his out!
Next we decorated some gift tags with our initials and a star. We wrote on the back a wish for 2014, or one thing we'd like Santa to bring us this year. Our son chose some Lego - I hope Santa was listening!
We chose a Christmas decoration each that we'd bought from our son's school Christmas fair a week or two ago. We buy a new decoration each every year, and this is a perfect way to use it. I chose a snowflake, our son chose a lovely Christmas tree decorated with buttons, he also chose a robin for baby girl and my husband selected a Christmas pudding (the same as his Christmas jumper!).
Finally, so we can remember in years to come which year this was, I cut out '2013' out of some lovely Christmassy paper.
So we had all our items, and I set about attaching them to our individual ribbons. For ease, I used staples. But if you have more time than me, you could punch holes in each item and knot the ribbon through.
Next, I cleared the window sill and added some lovely Christmassy pot pourri.
Then I hung the ribbons from the curtain rail to complete the look..
I love it! It might not be the most stylised, or 'perfect' look, but it's unique and completely personal to us. I plan to keep each ribbon and add to it year after year so we can see how much our children's hands have grown and how our wishes and present list changes. I may need longer ribbons at some point!
Do you make decorations with your family? I'd love to hear if you do, please leave a comment.
This is my entry to the Shutterly Fabulous winter window dressing competition.