Monday, October 29, 2012

8 Unique Holiday Decorating Ideas

Christmas is just around the corner and there's no better way to express a festive mood than wonderful holiday decorations. With all the colorful and stylish holiday decor sprouting up in the market right now, it would be confusing to choose which among them would fit the theme you have in your mind. Well, we have good news. We have narrowed down the list of decorating ideas for you so you can pick the best among the best ones. This year, make it different and surprise your loved ones everyday with exciting holiday decor.

1. Heavenly Holiday Dining Table

Birch-barked trees positioned in a vertical line would make a simple yet elegant centerpiece. Decorate the chairs with puffy white angel wings. This trick would surely set a heavenly feeling around the dining area.

2. Past Christmas Pictures

Hang past family Christmas pictures using a clothespin into a piece of stick. Suspend the long stick between two vases. You can decorate the pins by putting the dates on it. If you want, you can arrange them chronologically.

3. Styrofoam Christmas Wreath

Make a unique wreath by using yarn. There are only 2 easy procedures to do this. First, wrap Styrofoam - wreath form and Styrofoam balls with different colors of yarn. To add style, you can use to different sizes of Styrofoam balls. The second procedure is to affix the balls in the wreath form using a glue gun. There you go, an instant Christmas Wreath. Make sure to spray it with the decor with a protective finish if you plan to hang it outside the house.

4. Scrabble Tiles

Small as they are but they score big when they are used as holiday decors. Spell out your Christmas message by using these cute tiles. Paint those standard letter holders white to make the letters stand out. On a side note, it could even be used as an instrument to express what you want inside that Christmas present!

5. Fresh Green and White

Want to create that instant wintery look indoors without the chill? Decorate the house with fresh white flowers (carnation, orchids, amaryllis) together with green trees and leaves.

5. Snow and Ice

Another way to create a winter wonderland is to decorate everything in white and blue. You can make your own or buy blue and silver throw pillows. You can also create Christmas stockings from felt paper and fill them with gifts. Wrap the gifts with white or blue too.

6. Everything White

Get that instant Christmas feeling inside your bedroom by going all white. Also, arrange a string of stockings in different sizes and colors at the foot of your bed. Frame your bedroom door with white garlands.

7. Christmas Kitchenware

Convert your kitchenware and deck out your cupboards with a little holiday decorating. Polish the look by putting mini trees inside the teacups and fruits on the plates. Punctuate the shelves with shiny trinkets.

8. White Christmas Couch

Replace or top over existing couch covers into something white. Create a Christmas message through your throw pillows. You can buy customized pillow casings or make a new one.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Christmas Bedding Sets add that Special Touch to your Bedroom

Christmas bedding sets are an ideal way to just add that extra little Christmas touch to your bedroom and there are a number of different sets that you are able to buy at any given time. A quick search online will let you see that there are various designs that you may be interested in purchasing and they will be suitable for both a child as well as an adult as anybody can do with adding some festive cheer to their bedroom.

With these Christmas bedding sets you will always get pillow covers and a duvet cover and they will be suitable for a single bed, double bed, and right up to king size. It is also worth noting that some will include curtains as well that tie in with the overall design and even if they may not be to your own particular taste they will generally look fantastic in a bedroom for a child.

So what about the designs and colors that are available on the different Christmas bedding sets? It is perhaps no surprise that the most predominant colors used are red, green, white, and gold as they are the traditional Christmas colors. Some that are depicting an outside scene will have various shades of blue as well, but it will be very easy to take the colors in these sets and dress the rest of the room accordingly so everything does indeed blend in.

The designs that are available are too many to mention here, but as you would expect they do tend to cover scenes such as Father Christmas, Santa's reindeer, snow, snowmen, teddy bears, Christmas trees, and anything else that you tend to associate with this part of the year. These sets will tend to be covered in snowflakes, or holly if you are going for a classier look and they are often quite detailed in their design and will certainly draw your eye to them.

How much you pay is going to depend upon the size of the bed and of course the manufacturer, but the good thing is that they will last you for quite some time as they are only going to be on your bed for a matter of weeks. One final tip to keep in mind before buying is to get the set first and then see how you can spruce up the rest of the room as it will be easier to tie in a complete theme this way rather than the opposite as the number of options available to you will certainly decrease.

So whilst the lounge and hallway may be covered in decorations do not forget your bedroom and spruce it up by buying Christmas bedding sets. You have a wide range of designs to choose from and there is no doubt that having them on your bed will certainly bring a smile to your face every morning when you wake up and are reminded that it is indeed Christmas. Look at getting them for every bedroom that you have in the house and if you have children, then surprise them one morning as they discover they have snowmen all over their bed.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Understanding Solar Christmas Lights

solar led christmas lights

If you are like many people out there, then it seems that the nightmare of setting up your Christmas lights is still there in your recent memory. You will not only need to have the bundles untangled, but after you will manage to do so with much effort and frustration, you will need to hassle with running the power cord into your home, with the outside outlets and with the electrical cords. I guess you got the idea that generally, this can be a very annoying experience.

But if you want to stop worrying about this, you should know that you can now get solar Christmas lights which will practically take care of much of this problem. These are very intuitively designed lights and they will not require tangles of cords or outlets in order to function.

What's great about these lights is that they all come with a completely equipped small solar panel which you will have to place in an area of your yard where the sun shines. When the sun sets, the power that has been gathered by the small solar panel is going to be used in order to power up the solar Christmas lights. The photovoltaic solar panel usually comes with a built-in sensor which will turn your lights off and on so you don't have to do so.

Solar Panel

You will find that inside these photovoltaic cells lies a semiconductor material like silicon which helps with absorbing the energy of the sun. It creates electricity through the electron movement along the circuit within the panel. Because the electricity it creates needs to be stored somewhere, the battery storage is thus the best option.


The miniature solar panel is attached through a diode, to a NiMH battery. The electricity which is captured will then flow from the panel into the battery in order for it to be used later. As long as the sun is in the sky, this process will continue and charge the batteries for night use.

Usually, you will find the batteries that come with solar Christmas lights to be rated for sixteen hours. The fact is that if the weather is not great and you have a cloud sky, then you can expect those sixteen hours to be halved. In the majority of cases even eight hours is more than enough, unless you plan on watching the lights all night long and notice when they go down.


There is also a sensor which is built into the solar Christmas lights system. This detects when the sun sets in order to turn on the light. It will do so until the sun will rise the next morning.

Even though you have had many problems when it comes to installing Christmas lights for your Christmas tree or home, this Christmas you will never have to worry about that any longer. With the solar powered Christmas lights, your frustrations are gone and all you have left is a wonderful looking front yard that's decorated by these amazing lights!