Make your own Eye Catching Christmas Displays

November 21st, 2009 - 

Having your own Christmas Decorations is wonderful, knowing that no-one else can copy your display, one way of ensuring a unique Christmas Display is to make your own decorations. I’ve recently found this guide that offers over 10 patterns for you to create and customize to fit perfectly with your theme and colours.

Everyone is now using ropelights, blow-up features, plastic models and icicle lights, with a little effort and money, you can have totally unique decorations, imagine that feeling of hearing people comment on them, knowing that you made them, quite a priceless feeling.

For the price of a commercially available product, you may be able to make a number of your own features, you may already have the equipment, paint and materials in your shed or garage right now.

The designs include Santas, Snowman, Reindeer, Santa and Sleigh, Angel and Candles, Christmas Tree and more.

Included with this guide is also other guides to:

  • Animate your Displays
  • Creating Lighting Effects
  • Pattern Enlargement

This guide must be seen if you are serious about creating a stunning Christmas Display, either for Home, School, Charity, Santa’s Grotto or a Larger Display.

Please follow this LINK for the guide, which opens in a new window.

Santa’s Grotto : Static and Animated Christmas Decoration and Features

November 18th, 2009 - 

Depending upon the scale of your Santa’s Grotto, you may have the need to install Christmas Decorations and Features. These Christmas Features can be static or animated and my use lighting effects and/or sound too.

More and more static and animated Christmas Features can be found in garden centres, high street shops and online, including auction sites. The prices typically start high when a new feature is released to the market, the price typically falling on subsequent sales seasons. Don’t forget to buy decorations, features and lighting for next years Santa’s Grotto. As Christmas gets nearer and afterwards, the prices often topple as the retailers try to clear the stock.

  • Bargain Animated Features [opens in new window]
  • Bargain Christmas Lighting [opens in new window]
  • When looking to decorate Santa’s Lounge, you may need a fireplace, mirror, Arm Chair, Christmas tree and other room décor – don’t forget to check out what may be available in the charity and clearance shops.

    When decorating floor areas and roofs to give a snow covered effect, consider using rolls of wadding, this is a cotton-wool like product, supplied on wide rolls.

    Depending upon the location of your Santa’s Grotto, in relation to height restrictions, indoor location etc, you may even consider having a smoke machine located to give a smoking chimney.

  • Smoke Machines [opens in new window]
  • Rotating Christmas Trees – this is much easier if the tree is unlit, perhaps consider decorating the tree with shiny, reflective and mirror finish decorations, then illuminate the tree with one or more spotlights, maybe coloured, plain or both.
    You could have a number of trees of differing sizes, maybe spinning in different directions and speeds.
    A simple turntable can be made from wooden sheets, a few casters and a bolt in the center. Various methods can be used to rotate the turntable, barbecue spit motors are great if you can find them, probably cheap too out of season. Other ideas include rechargeable screwdrivers and drills, although not typically rated for constant use.

  • Motors [opens in new window]
  • Casters and Hardware [opens in new window]
  • SpotLight Supplies [opens in new window]
  • Animating non-animated features – with a little work and imagination, many non-animated features can be given life. I’ve already mentioned a few sources of animation, others include salvaging motors and gearboxes from old toys. Another great source is oscillating fans – simply remove the protective cage and fan, put a protective cap over the exposed spindle and use the side to side motion to drive props and features. Some simple leverage will animate heads, limbs etc, strings and pulleys can be used to create rise and fall animation.
    Oscillating fans