Guest Author - Deborah L. Kompare
When I started to write down the ideas for decorating for this season, I was skeptical. I hoped to barely have enough for one article, and I could probably do three or four! I won’t, but will try to start to add some links to the topics that I currently have so you can be as inspired as I am for this season. Most of these decorations are for windows or doors to help you realize that the sun is still there to be enjoyed, it’s just the temperatures are a bit cooler.
There are so many different type of sun catchers to be made. One of them is the old classic of putting leaves, or other types of flat decorations between two pieces of waxed paper. Have an adult set an iron to a low temperature setting and iron the two pieces of waxed paper together. When “framing” your creation, you can use just about anything. Take construction paper and cut it into any shape you like for the season, use twigs to make a frame or even simply paint popsicle sticks and glue them together. You could get very fancy with paper and make windows or other shapes to highlight different areas of the waxed paper creation. Stop by the forum and let us know what you did with your sun catcher.
Do you have lots of beads around? Use them to create a beautiful sun catcher. I think the ones that work best are translucent, but mixing them up could create some interesting patterns. It is not too difficult to create your own pattern using graph paper, or a pattern page that is easily available on many websites. I have added a link at the end of this article that could help you create your own design to suit your decorating needs. There is also another very interesting design that is on the San Diego Zoo website. Not only is it something different, but it uses recycled items in a very interesting manner. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Are you looking for a different way to decorate your glass surfaces? Why not try painting? At the end of this article is a recipe for glass paint. It may sound messy, but according to the recipe, if you make a mistake, all you need to do is use a paper towel to wipe off the paint. This seems to me to be very similar to dry erase markers on a dry erase board. I have heard that if you simply add dish liquid to poster paints, you can simply wash the paints off the glass. I have not tried this, but if you have, please let me know if it works. As a child, we would always paint our windows for Christmas, but it was such a chore to wash them off afterwards.
I hope these ideas keep you looking outside at the beauty of the season and enjoying the sunshine and colors that make this my favorite time of the year.