I love winter and I love snow….until Christmas is over and then I’m done. I feel I am in the majority here, right? When last week rolled around, I found myself staring out my shop windows, through the winter decor that was hanging in them, and out onto the drab and dreary landscape. Is it spring yet?
But that didn’t stop me from getting started on my spring time window display. Call me crazy, but I figured that I was telling Mother Nature it was okay to keep bringing us the white stuff if I had giant snowflakes hanging in my window. I’ve attempted to fool her by prematurely taking them down and putting up bright and happy colors instead. Think she’ll buy it??
My previous two window displays have been inexpensive and relatively easy to install. The Christmas window was installed in November just in time for my Grand Opening. It consisted of several circles of varying sizes cut from colored poster board. I stapled them together in strips and hung them at different lengths. I was far too busy worrying about opening my business to spend any length of time on the window display, but I couldn’t just leave them bare.
It gave it pizazz and drew your eye in from the street, so I was happy.
After Christmas, I changed it to a more universal winter theme. I hung large snowflakes made from popsicle sticks and blue and silver ornaments from fishing line. I used spray snow on the bottom portion to make the windows appear “frosty”. Effective, I think.
The only problem I found was that the items for sale in the windows were less visible with the fake snow in the way.
Now we are back to last week when I was looking out from in and just got tired of seeing SNOW. So my brain got a-turnin’ and a-Googlin’ and I found this:
It’s from a store called Trohv in Baltimore, MD. The store itself looks amazing, if I ever venture to Maryland one day.
Now, granted, this is on a MUCH larger scale with tons more people working on it. Here at J. Paris Designs, it’s just little ol’ me.
But I loved it. And…I had a box of craft popsicle sticks sitting around collecting dust!
I busted out my craft paints and the box of sticks and got started.
I used 6 different paint colors with 45 sticks per color.. (6 times 5, carry the 2) …making 270 sticks total.
I drilled them in bunches of 6. Although some did split down the middle, I was able to still use them.
Once all 270 sticks were drilled, I was left with a big pile!
I used dowel rods roughly the same size as the width of my windows. I attached them with string from nails just above the window casing so that they hung down a little.
Once those were up, I started hanging the sticks in a not-too-precise manner. I used a roll of black and white baker’s twine I purchased at the craft store. I staggered them in a random pattern, one by one.
When all was said and done, my neck and shoulders ached from reaching up to tie the strings over and over and over again. Total project cost was about $8.00 for the dowels and the string, with all other materials being on hand. Not expensive, but man was it a lot of WORK!!
I love how it turned out, though! In fact, I love it so much I might leave it up all the way through summer. I plan to change up some things on the bottom half. Right now, I have plastic bottle flowers that I made to help emulate the idea of SPRING. But I could easily change that aspect of it to fit a more summery vibe.
Either way, I’m really happy with it despite the time that it took.
Ever see a store window display that causes you to look twice? Was it the beauty of it, or the materials that were used?