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Create Your Own Winter Wonderland

2008-12-04

Looking around at all the shops including the major DIY outlets let's you know that Santa Claus is well on his way. The true festive spirit is being encompassed in the variety and selection on offer for this Christmas season, so remember to have lots of fun and make someone's Christmas DIY'able!
Christmas Gift
If like me you have problems trying to decide what to give friends and relations this Christmas. With the home improvements market growing in popularity each year, why not consider giving a DIY tool or gift voucher this Christmas. They can if properly selected, make a very welcome and useful gift, or in other cases provide you with the perfect opportunity for a subtle New Year hint!
Special Christmas
But it's at this time of year, when we all want to do something special to make your home look festive and to create a wonderful Christmas for all your family and friends to enjoy. Below you will find some Xmas ideas on ways to add a festive look to your home. You will still have lots of time left to really enjoy and soak up al the atmosphere this time of year has to offer.
Outdoor Xmas Decorating
The popularity now of outdoor Christmas decorating has changed the landscape of most houses up and down the country at this time of year. To enhance the Christmas celebrations more and more people are now decorating their homes with outdoor lights, large Santa Claus and a full complement of reindeers. When it comes to outdoor Xmas displays from Irish homes, the illuminations would rival even the displays on offer in places such as Blackpool.
Winter Wonderland
If this year you promised the family that you will create one of those glistening winter wonderlands but like may others don't know how to get started. The idea is to create a landscape with lots of multicolored outdoor lights shaped including a giant Xmas grotto, so let's now begin preparing for your very own spectacular and colorful outdoor Christmas display.
Guide
This is a step by step guide that will avoid you hours of frustration.
Sketch
Before taking a trip down to the local DIY outlet to buy all the latest animated Xmas displays complete with fiber optic lighting. Stop now and start by making a sketch first thing to do is to measure the area that you plan to decorate. Take a good look at your front or back garden and decide what decorations you want and where you'd like to place them. Instead of trying to light your entire garden, focus in on two or three areas or objects, for example you may have a large trees or bushes that will serve as a focal point. Taking this approach will guarantee a successful project and will also prevent you from the mistake of having bought too many items you can not use for your Xmas display.
Stock Take
Once a sketch has been completed, now start a stock take of all the items you already have. Make sure that all your outdoor lights and displays to be in very good working order. Check for blown bulbs now is the time to replace them, as they may drain power from the entire string of lights and ultimately make the other bulbs look dimmer. Also, check for any broken cables, and don't forget to test your outdoor electrical points. If you can spot most problem's now you will be left with plenty of time to fix them before the official Xmas turning on ceremony.
Many Hands Make Light Work
Before you even get started with these tips, if you feel you need a little extra help with your outdoor decorating, why not call your friends and family and invite them around to help. Not only will it put all concerned in the Xmas spirit, but your decorating project is sure to be completed within a few hours, leaving you plenty of time to start your shopping list and too check it twice!
Tools Required
The tools required for this task may include the following:

Ladders
Ladders are one of the main causes of DIY accidents. Always erect your ladder in accordance with the manufacturer's written instructions. This advice on how to position ladders safely may make the difference in helping to save you from a nasty ladder accident at this time of year.
Ladder Types
There are many different types now available from small 'step stools' to larger stepladders and combination designs that can be converted into extending ladders also you may require a roof ladders for all roof work.

The most common type being used today is the 4 to 7 step folding version. These are ever versatile and most suited to this type of project, but it's very important never ever to use any stepladder that's the wrong height for this particular job of putting up outside Xmas decorations. Some ladders you may find to be just a little short for high work this can be just as dangerous as are too high for lower type jobs. You must be able to put up your decorations working comfortably without over reaching up, down or sideways on any type of ladder big or small. Never ever try to lean to one side as you could lose balance and be seriously injured.
Extension leads
Extension leads if yours is the type on a drum remember to remove all cable from the drum if not it may over heat when in use. If the lead is to trail along the ground make sure nobody can trip on it. Check you have the right fuse on the plug top off the extension lead may be a 5 amp or 13 amp electrical fuses.

Extension leads may be available in a green color, it will help blend in a lot easily with the trees and shrubs in your garden and may be available at your local DIY outlets.
Buying New Xmas Decorations
If you are considering buying new Christmas lights or outside decorations this year, look at the type which may offer timers or consider the option of buying the type which may has a combined timing device. This will eliminate the hassle of remembering to turn off the lights and will also help to save you energy.
Tips
In order to remember for next year where the particular set of Xmas lights or outside decoration is to be placed for next year. Store them in individual boxes at the end of the season and mark where each set of lights or decoration came from on your sketch. It will make it a much easier next year when decorating the outside of your home. Each year, you may want to add to your collection of decorations. One way is to buy your Xmas lights and outside decorations in the January sales, this will also help cuts the cost for next year.
Christmas Greetings
We would like to take this opportunity to salute all the people up and down the country who put on such displays, to raise money for their favorite charity.

In the immortal words of mister Christmas himself “Bing Crosby” unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won't make it “white”


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