martes, 30 de noviembre de 2010

How to Make a Snowstorm




Say goodbye to hand-cut snowflakes taped to windows. Instead, try a curtain of whimsical flakes hung on strands of dental floss.

Hung in a bedroom, this snowstorm cannot fail to bring a smile of surprise to the face of any guests. 

A friend of mine visiting from the tropics wanted, more than anything, to see snow. Unfortunately, he was visiting during the Thanksgiving holiday when snow in New York (while not impossible) is unlikely. Not wanting to disappoint him, I set to work on "approximating" the effect. As is my rule around the holidays, the project had to be simple, inexpensive, and fun.

So, in contrast to my chandelier post, I offer a low-skill, high-impact project sure to surprise your guests (and your family) and help put you in the spirit of the season (regardless of whether the weather is cooperating with you or not).


Simple labels (1-inch circles) and some dental floss is all you need to make a winter wonderland.


Attach the dental floss to the adhesive side of a label.


Place a second label over the top of the first, sandwiching the dental floss between the two.


Randomly space your labels along the length of dental floss to give your finished snowstorm a natural look.


The slightest breeze will cause your "snowflakes" to move, which will will subtly animate a room—especially a dining room in candlelight.

 
Hung in a bedroom, this snowstorm cannot fail to bring a smile of surprise to the face of any guests.

 
Hang finished strands in front of windows using small pieces of masking tape affixed to the tops of the window frames.



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