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Create a holiday view with these eye-catching window decorating ideas.
Vintage linens can sometimes be too delicate to use for their intended practical purposes. But they can shine as cheery Christmas decor. Hang your favorites (cute aprons or fun towels) as window treatments for the holiday season.
Editor's Tip: Avoid hanging special linens in direct sunlight to prevent fading.
Craft your own winter flurries with a window display of falling snowflakes. Simply hang decorative snowflakes from window muntins (or use suction cups to hang from glass). Try colorful snowflakes for a whimsical look. Complete the wintry scene with an evergreen swag hung across the top of the window.
Hang classic Christmas wreaths in multiples for a striking effect, especially if you have a wide expanse of windows (as shown here). These three wreaths create visual interest across the bay of windows.
Use ribbon to embellish a window. Here, miniature wreaths were hung in the upper corners of the window frame, simulating the role of old-fashioned decorative corner blocks. Lengths of ribbon were draped through the centers of the wreaths and the tails were left to cascade down. Use multiple lengths of ribbon in colors to match your holiday decor, and try different patterns and fabrications (organza, satin, etc.), too.
Clear glass ornaments hung in windows will catch light and send sparkles throughout the room. String an ornament onto a length of ribbon. Attach the end of the ribbon into the wall above the window frame with a small nail or thumbtack. Hang just one bauble as a focal point, or hang multiples for extra sparkle.
Use florist's wire and basic Christmas supplies to create a window swag. This decoration has three red bells topped with an assortment of evergreen branches, berry sprigs, and pinecones. Wire the elements together and finish with a pretty bow. Create a loop of wire on the back of the swag and hang from a temporary adhesive hook tacked to the window frame.
Make an Advent calendar to count down to Christmas. Number small bags and place a little gift or note in each one. Hang the bags on clothesline strung across a window using clothespins. Then each day, look for the corresponding bag and enjoy a mini treat.
Editor's Tip: If you have kids, make a clothesline of different packages for each child. (This window uses small hats, fabric bags, and paper bags for three Advent calendars.)
In a rustic country home, keep window decorations simple and inspired by nature. These wreaths are made of pinecones, dried fruit, and greenery sprigs.
Dress up a window with a lacy table skirt for a quick valance, and hang paper snowflakes from the curtain rod with seasonal, festive ribbons.