- Holidays and Celebrations
Outdoor Candy Canes And Santa's Workshop
When is the appropriate time to start setting up a Christmas display?
Do you ever wonder how much time people put into decorating their yards for Christmas?
Where do you get ideas for different decorations?
The most frequently asked question is “Where do you store your decorations?”
There is no one answer. The more decorations and lights you have the earlier you need to start, and the more time it will take to put them up, we start in the beginning of November.
The thing that takes the most time to do is probably repairing all the lights. It is a very tedious task that some people would rather not deal with. However, if you were to go to your local hardware store, you should be able to pick up a light tester for around $10 and find the problem easily. Just follow the instructions.
The more decorations you have the harder it is to come up with different ideas. For example, our 30,000 plus light display has been around the same amount for the past three years. Whereas in the past we have jumped up from a 1500 lights display to a 15000 light display in just over 4 years. However, we are still coming up with ideas from car lots, little toys in the store, television and from other Christmas displays that have some unique items that we try to fit into our display.
Another way to create unique items is to take what you have and reuse it in a different creation. For example, if you have used icicle lights on the roofline of your house, switch them out with valance lights and use the icicle lights as a pathway to your house. That will introduce a new type of light as well as using your old lights to make them new to stand out a little more. We try to get a plan going at the start of the project, but in the end it is completely determined by how well everything looks together, what we put out and what is actually working. If an item is in need of repair we may sit it out for one year. In the end, we take about a month to put the display together.
So using materials we’ve used before, we can get different decorations. Have you ever seen a 9-foot candy cane? Well we have two. They are made out of the 8-inch drainage pipe we used for our archway; only we put two elbows on the end, so that it curved down like the top of a candy cane. Then we wrapped them with two strands of ribbon lights, and by removing 5 rows of clear lights and replacing them with 3 rows of red lights and 2 rows of green lights mixed with strands of all clear we get the special effect of a candy cane.
Another project we built is a ‘SANTA’S WORKSHOP’. Using plywood cut in the shape of a castle, we cut out windows and put in some glass. We painted the wood then glued pop tin tabs to tin tea light holders in the shape of a flower using hot glue. Then using contact cement we attached the metal flowers to the plywood. We then drilled holes through the wood and tea light holders, and poked coloured mini lights through, using staples to prevent the lights from popping out, to give a glowing effect. The wood is strapped to the outside of our walkway into the house. Which gives the look of a false front. The Santa’s Workshop spreads across half our house and merges into the pop bottle cap wall that covers our whole garage. The rest of the walls are just painted plain white due to the 7000 plus coloured pop bottle caps glued to the wall. We used red, green, yellow, blue, and white. We also used different sizes. Looks amazing
The key to building any decoration is make sure it can come apart easily for storage. Some items need to be built solid and unable to come apart like our gingerbread house, but other projects like the 15-foot high arch does. We built it in 6 pieces, the pillars make up two sections, and the top is divided into quarters. This allows us to use every nook and cranny we can find to store our decorations, whether under the deck or in the loft above the garage or lying beside the house, every space is used.