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November 5, 2014

How to Hang Christmas Ornaments in a Window

Working with Canadian Tire on a slew of holiday-themed DIY projects was a lot of fun.  Sometimes my creativity feels hampered by my budget (I can't afford $40 art supplies right now), my spartan ways (do I need another vase? no), and time (the office needs to be functional, post-haste, no time for crafts!).  I have so many more ideas floating around in my head than what you see.  I'm not in the habit of making something purely for blog fodder (and I've been really proud of that), but it was refreshing to dream up ideas just because! The ornaments hung in front of a window was one of my favorite ideas - the aqua balls almost look like bubbles!  I kept it up long after the photo and videos were done, just because I liked the look. 


The idea is so simple and doesn't need much of a tutorial, but I outlined some steps.

How to hang ornaments in front of a window:
  • Purchase an inexpensive tension rod to fit your window and place it inside your window frame
  • Attach a length of thread to each ornaments, in all different lengths
  • Tie a knot in the thread and set aside
  • When all ornaments have been threaded, loop the thread over the rod and bring the ornament back through it
  • Hang the ornaments at different height

Ornaments hung in front of a window
Decorate a kitchen for the holidays
Unique places to hang ornaments
Aqua ornaments in window
Modern holiday decorating ideas

I temporarily removed the screen, which I do in the winter anyway because I hate the look.  I've never had a window in the kitchen before and I like to look at our view, which is such a novelty for me still.  In the summer (aka "bug season") I gloomily pop the screen back in. 

Alternatives to hanging ornaments on a tree

The result was really cheery.  Although I initially intended on using glass ornaments (the glittering and gleaming was intense when the sun shone), I started dropping them left and right and quickly switched to plastic.  With plastic, I could even safely open the window.

Aqua holiday decor

If you missed it, here's the info on my partnership with Canadian Tire.  Along with four talented bloggers (including Jillian Harris!), I put together some neat ideas for holiday decorating, using items from the new CANVAS line from Canadian Tire. 


  1. Love this idea. When I was a kid, I recall visiting my great aunt's house around the holidays and she had a group of 3 or 4 huge but various sized vintage glass baubles hanging from the ceiling. I am still enamoured with the look of suspended glass balls.

    1. That sounds so pretty! I also love the idea of ornaments hung from the ceiling. Someone online (can't remember who!!) created a really cool suspended "tree" using ornaments hung at different heights. It was probably a really involved project but it looked incredible - like an art installation in a gallery.

    2. Yeah, not sure where that was (maybe on curbly) but it was amazing. I can't imagine how much work that would be.

  2. Very cute and not too Christmasy. I love the ornaments in the cake stand too!

    1. Thanks! "Not too Christmassy" is exactly what I was going for. I gravitated toward ideas that were just pretty and glittery and executed far away from any evergreen trees. I'm happy you like :)

  3. I would have never thought about putting ornaments in the window! This is such a great idea, and I think it would be perfect to do when I have my nieces and nephews over. They're always wanting to do activities together, and this seems like something that it simple and easy to do, and I'm always on board with those kinds of projects. I'm super excited about trying this out myself!

    Sara Welsh |


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