I am doing a school project where I have to decorate our door the best. I was wondering if you have any ideas?
Lauren from Sandstone, MN
I won the classroom door decorating contest one year by using the theme of "Light up the Holidays". My door was covered in dark blue paper, and featured a Christmas tree with candles, Kwanzaa candles, a Hanukkah menorah, Santa by a fireplace, etc. At the very top I had the Christmas star. This way, it wasn't just for Christmas, it was celebrating several different customs and religions. We discussed the customs and religions in the classroom for a learning experience.
Here's a cute idea. Make a Christmas tree out of construction paper, sized to fit your door. Then, cut out circle "ornaments" to match the number of students you have. Put a photo in each student in one of the circles.
You can also add other decorations to finish off your tree. (12/09/2008)
You could make it a fireplace with Santa's feet sticking out. (12/11/2008)
Using "Jesus is the Reason for the Season" one year long ago, I made a large cardboard cutout the size of the door, which appeared like the Jerusalem skyline of domed and square roofs. I punched holes in the whole sky and placed clear tiny lights behind the cardboard into each hole. It won a contest.
Another year I made two french-doors over the big one, out of cardboard, and wrote the message inside: "Jesus was born a babe in a manger, but now is alive, grown and waiting for you to open the doors of your heart and invite Him in."
Still a third door idea I considered for this year is a
large golden foil fancy crown over the message:
God bless and help you. (12/15/2008)
I used this once decorating my school bus one time at Christmas. Have each child bring a gallon jug bottle cap to school. It doesn't matter if its a pop-on cap or one that screws on. Get some white pipe cleaners, and have the kids make some snow flakes to put on the door.
Or, have them cut out those folded paper snowflakes out of construction paper, and photocopy a photo of each child to glue in the center of each snowflake. After all, each child is as different as snowflakes are. Afterward, each child can take their artwork home with them.
I still have the handmade ornaments my kids made all through school hanging on my tree. I wrote the year they made them somewhere on the ornaments. That way they can show their children the ornaments that "they" made at their child's age. Now, I'm getting a new crop of ornaments from my g-kids to proudly hang on my tree. Good luck, sweetie. (12/16/2008)
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