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.

Illuminated Glass Block Guide

November 19th, 2009 - 

I’ve just come across this guide on making your own illuminated glass block decorations. I’ve seen these products in several shops this season. The prices I’ve seen vary from around £10 each to £30 for a set of three differing sizes – now you can make them at a fraction of that, to your own design and colours.

The beauty of using this guide is that you can decide what colours, size and external decoration you prefer, allowing you to create a unique decoration the fits your needs perfectly.

The guide also covers making money from these illuminations, if you have the time and the wish to do so, you can make these and sell them, maybe even create to order.

The guide covers all the aspect of making this Stunning Christmas Decoration, including the lights to use and tips and tricks to get the bow and ribbon decoration just right.

Here are some pictures of what you can make with this guide:


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Santa’s Grotto – Design Ideas and Safety Considerations

November 8th, 2009 - 

When designing a Santa’s Grotto, care must be taken to ensure that everyone will remain safe and well, Christmas should be full of festive cheer, not tears and upset.

It really doesn’t matter to what scale you design and create a Grotto, it maybe a small space as part of a school or playgroup party, maybe a shopping center feature, a charity event or other location or purpose.  Below is some of the basic and most important points to consider.

Care needs to be taken to protect visitors and operating staff, the possible risks are numerous, but simple, common sense thinking during planning and construction should take care of most potential risks.

Remember that this is an attraction for all the family, so you may expect to have visitors of all ages and physical ability.  You may have elderly visitors, grand-parents, so be mindful of the distance to travel between rests points and how long visitors may be standing in one spot.  Toddlers will be lurking around, these little people wander wherever they can get and touch everything they can reach.  Smaller children, being pushed around, ensure that there is sufficient space to maneuver a pushchair and people.

Also remember toilet access, depending upon the scale of your attraction, you may be able to have a rest, refreshment and nature break area part way through.  Otherwise, at least place a sign indication ‘no toilets’ and/or expected waiting and duration times.

When constructing any part of a Santa’s Grotto or Christmas Attraction, remember that you are dealing with every make and model of human.. From the young to the senior, the short to the tall, the small to the not small, the considerate to down right disrespectful.. Keep this in mind and think what is the worst that someone could do to your Christmas Props and Christmas Decorations, what could they pull, push, bend, lean on, stand on, kick etc – Keep this in mind and your attraction should stand the test of the human being.

It should not need to be mentioned, but never use materials that can catch fire easily, always ensure access to fire fighting equipment and power turn-off points.  Consider fitting smoke and fire alarm systems, and always consider how your staff and visitors will make their way to safety if an emergency situation occurred.

You will more than likely have lighting, ideally, use low voltage where possible, particularly where there is the slightest chance of visitors touching, if possible use LED lighting, as this also reduces the chance of heat and broken glass.  Any mains driven lighting should be out of the reach of visitors, as should plugs, sockets and cables.

I will be adding more information regarding Santa’s Grotto Lighting, Layout, Decorations, Animated Christmas Decorations, Music, Presents, Staff and Santa himself, please check back soon.

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