Saturday, December 29, 2012

DIY Holiday Snowy Palladian Windows for $5.00!

And ever since I was ten years old, the home from Holiday Inn was my dream house.  I always loved the windows and the front porch:

And the same windows and set design were apparent in White Christmas:   
And I also love the windows in the Christmas movies White Christmas and Holiday Inn.  So one night I drove up to my house and saw this:

It just hit me that this is SO plain and blah.  So I was thinking that I could probably create arched windows with poster board and white electrical tape and I did.  

These were my inspiration pics whilst trying to devise a pattern.  I used plain white poster board and cut out an arch and taped it to the top of each window.  Then I cut out a smaller arch and placed that with clear tape.  Then I simply used white electrical tape which I found at my local home improvement store for only $2.00 a roll.  It was so easy to work with!  

I miraculously found this window grid at at the Habitat ReStore in South Bend, Indiana and it fit the width of my window exactly.   So I used it as a pattern for the perfect arch.  I then placed the poster board in the windows first.  Then I went over the board with the electrical tape to further make the pattern.

I then cut out "snow" pieces and taped them in the corners for that old world Dickens Christmas feeling like this:

If I had more time, I would have added more "window panes" but I did achieve the look I was shooting for.  I am sure they would have looked more festive with more squares and snow.  They look adorable in either daytime or night time.  I have the look of expensive arched windows for about $5.00 total.  :-)

Sharing this post with Between Naps on the Porch at Metamorphosis Monday!


  1. Wow! Just wow!
    Not only do i love your winter windows, but your dream home and movies are faves, too. I love that colonial revival entry hall/stairway/windows look from the 1940s-50s. Wow!
    Great job. Now i know what to do for my windows next year. Just need to find the window grid for a pattern. Thank you so much for sharing.

    1. Thank you so much! You really don't need the grid - you can use a large flower pot or anything that is a large circle. Happy Holidays!