2 Cheap, Creative Ways To Insulate And Decorate Your Windows For The Winter Holidays

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2 Cheap, Creative Ways To Insulate And Decorate Your Windows For The Winter Holidays

19 November 2014
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Articles


Since almost one-third of your heat flies out your windows, you may be looking for inexpensive ways to insulate them for cold days. However, you may also want to do so in a way that will add a decorative touch to your home, especially during the winter holidays. Below are two cheap, creative ways to both insulate and decorate your windows for the season.

Newspaper Between Sheets Of Gift Wrap

Newspaper provides excellent insulation because the fibers of the paper are tightly woven together. When covered with gift wrap, it creates a camouflaged layer of protection from the cold air.

When choosing the sheets, make sure you use the portion the newspaper is actually printed on instead of the advertisement inserts. These use different types of coated paper that are not as effective.

What You Will Need

Before you begin, gather the following supplies.

  • Two sheets of newspaper for each window pane
  • Two panels of gift wrap for each window pane
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Two-inch wide clear plastic packing tape

If you want to give the decoration the illusion of being a large present, you can replace the clear tape with one that is a coordinating color with the gift wrap. You may also want to have large bows to place in the center of the window.

Directions

After you have what you need, follow the directions below.

  1. Measure each window pane.
  2. Cut out two pieces of newspaper for each pane.
  3. Cut out two pieces of gift wrap for each pane, adding an inch to the pieces.
  4. Fold in edges of the gift wrap a half of an inch on each side to make them neat and even.
  5. Lay one piece of wrap face-down on a flat surface.
  6. Place the two sheets of newspaper on top of the wrap.
  7. Finish by placing the second gift wrap sheet face-up.
  8. Place the panel you created onto the window pane.
  9. Tape all edges of the panel to the window.
  10. If desired, apply decorative or colored tape along the frame to create a ribbon effect.
  11. If using a bow, tape it to the center to complete the package.

Bubble Wrap And Tissue Paper Illuminated By A Light

Not only does bubble wrap trap heat between the window and the surface of the bubble wrap, it also creates a textured effect for decoration. When tissue paper is placed on top of it and a light is shone through it, it creates a whimsical visual appeal to the window decoration.

What You Will Need

Before you begin, gather the following supplies.

  • One piece of bubble wrap cut to size for each panel
  • One piece of tissue paper cut to size for each panel, plus one inch
  • Clear plastic tape
  • Spray bottle filled with water

Directions

Once you have what you need, follow the directions below to decorate each glass pane.

  1. Spritz a light mist on the glass. This layer of water will help the bubble wrap stick to the window while you are working.
  2. Lay the wrap with the bubbles against the glass, smoothing out any gaps with your hand.
  3. Fold the edges of the tissue paper down a half an inch all around.
  4. Place the tissue paper on top of the bubble wrap and tape down all of the edges.
  5. Position the spotlight under the window at an angle to fully illuminate it.

The above two methods will help you prevent heat loss in your house while adding to the festive feel of the holidays. However, if your heating bills are still consistently high, you may want to contact a contractor about having your windows replaced with more energy-efficient models from a business like New Jersey Siding & Windows Inc.