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Store Window Display Ideas for a White Christmas, No More Dreaming

By on November 5, 2012 — Updated on September 8, 2013

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, just like the ones I used to know; where the treetops glisten and children listen, to hear sleigh bells in the snow.  Do you like this song?

Well, I love this song and I to have been dreaming for a white Christmas since I was a child. Yes, here in Southeast Asia, we are always dreaming of a white Christmas.  We wish to be playing with the snow balls and watching the surrounding covered in white and the treetops glisten – just in dream.

This is the reason perhaps that we really find ways to bring snow in our working places and home even if it is only artificial. Before you going to ask me how to do that, let me share it with you.

Christmas Window Display Ideas

Here is the list of materials to imitate snow.

1. Cotton. This is the most commonly use material, maybe because of its availability and almost similar appearance to snow.

You can buy it in supermarket then keep it in your stock room after Christmas and use it again next year.  Another thing is that it easy to place at the twigs and branches of Christmas tree.


2. White Fabric. If you planning to cover some parts of you display to look like snow yet the area would take a lot of cotton to make the whole area white, use white cloth.

Just crumple the cloth when you use it to imitate snow, do stretch it if you don’t want other people think it is a table cloth. You can wash the fabric after using it on you display and use it for other purposes.


3. Polyfoam. This is quite expensive but if you are clever, you can’t spend a cent on having this. Appliances and furniture use polyfoam (or popularly as Styrofoam) as shock absorber.

These shock absorber are thrown after the appliances are unpacked, you can collect them for free. You can break them into pieces and use is for the purpose. You have the decoration plus you help reduce waste.


4. Shredded White Paper. Most offices shred old files especially the confidential documents.

There are thousands of pages of used papers are fed to paper shredder every month, and these are thrown as garbage after cutting it into small paper strips. You can also ask them for free, just make sure to select the white one and set aside the colored.


5. Wool. This is an expensive material but why not if you can afford. Anyway it is not only use once, you can use it every year if you take good care of it.

Using wool will give you window display a bit of luxury.  Wool is the fine soft curly or wavy hair forming the coat of a sheep, goat, or similar animal. What you see on the photo is a raw material.


6. White Plastic Bags. If you a lot of used white plastic bags, you can also use it as alternative.

You can also ask your neighbor and friends no to throw the white plastic bags they have brought home from supermarkets and shopping store.The glossy nature of plastic bag will surely glisten in your display.


7. White Feather.  I seldom see this material used as alternative to snow but work great if you have the stock – maybe from a damage pillow.

This is seldom used maybe because it is expensive oftentimes not available in most market. White duck feather is lovelier compared from chicken’s feather.


Which of these materials have you ever tried using? Have you tried using other materials which I have not mentioned above? Please let us know.

Thank you for reading. I wish you a merry Christmas!

 Featured Photo: NYC: Bergdorf Goodman’s 2008 Holiday window display – Chess vs. an owl, a photo bywallyg on Flickr.

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  1. Franc Ramon

    November 14, 2012 at 10:16 am

    These materials can indeed bring in a white Christmas. Advance Merry Christmas!!!
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  2. Pal Raine

    November 14, 2012 at 11:03 am

    This is very true. Sometimes I am dreaming of a white Christmas here in the Philippines. This materials will help me do my DIY White Christmas tree.
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  3. Jerwel Adrian

    November 14, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    I’m not really into a white Christmas since, mom will scold me when I tried to decorate the house with stuffs that flies around. haha. :)
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  4. rc gweniful

    November 14, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    I remember using cotton in school. We decorated the whole classroom and made it look like the north pole.
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  5. papaleng

    November 14, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Why not, Maganda naman if ang theme natin ay White Christmas, and cotton is a very good material available.
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  6. Gigi Beleno

    November 14, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    oh you gave me some ideas; am thinking of materials to use for our snow white christmas party in my mommy group. Now I can have something to suggest :).

  7. jsncruz

    November 14, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    I know this is for a physical store, but I find your suggestions to be applicable for homes too! :) I’ll put these into practice soon as I’m setting up my condo Christmas tree next week.
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  8. Mel Cole

    November 14, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    the real white Christmas is very cold. hehe i remember using joy paste to decorate a bush with nice twigs as our white Christmas tree before.
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  9. tatess

    November 15, 2012 at 2:09 am

    Wool is commonly used, right? but depends on the budget. We never had white Christmas last year, hopefully this Christmas.
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  10. RonLeyba

    November 15, 2012 at 2:11 am

    Great ideas. Time to use that creativity to create a great Christmas window display.
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  11. Mommy Pehpot

    November 15, 2012 at 9:14 am

    indeed it can make a Christmas as white as snow :) but make sure to use trustworthy Christmas lights when using materials listed above to avoid fire and any accident :)
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  12. Dems

    November 15, 2012 at 10:08 am

    I’m dreaming of a White Christmas~

    You got me singing there :)
    A White Christmas is all but a dream in a tropical country and the next best thing I’ve experienced is the attraction inside Star City.

    Maybe I can do this next year. I can’t now because our garage is filled with items for sale :)
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  13. Teresa Martinez

    November 15, 2012 at 10:58 am

    I think I should consider a white Christmas motif for this year just for a change. This post of your will come in handy.
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  14. jrplaza (always10list)

    November 15, 2012 at 11:00 am

    This is a cool tip for decorating stores this christmas. I’m a follower of this blog for a year now and I had to say that all the design tips and inspirations are great and share-worthy.
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  15. marri

    November 15, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    White Christmas is a good idea but i don’t think I can manage to do decorating this year… maybe next year.
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  16. Michelle

    November 15, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    When I was a child, we used styrofoam to create snow. and since I was the youngest, I’d be the one to break the styro into small pieces and scatter it all over the christmas tree. We did that a lot before. I’m missing it now.
    We also used green and red cellophane and chicken wire to make the christmas tree itself LOL. We were poor and had to improvise :-)
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  17. maritel (merlmd)

    November 26, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    As A child I used to wish that I experience a white Christmas until I realized later as an adult how cold and dreary it can be, and I would rather just hibernate during the season…so now, I am just thankful I live in a 2 season country…heheheh
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