As we approach the festive season turning your garden shed into Santas grotto could add an exciting touch to your garden and neighbourhood.
1. Make space
First thing to do to turn your shed into Santas grotto is to tidy your shed to create extra room. Easily done if you have a large garden shed or garden workshop, less so if you only have a small shed or budget shed! You can create room by moving things from your shed to another storage place is one is available, such as your garage or a spare room in your house after all, this will only be for a few weeks! Once it?s clear, get rid of any cobwebs or dust to make it more inviting and safe for your children. This will help you later on as you decorate.
This is the fun bit, and the children can really get involved. Tell the children Santa?s going to come to see them, and he?s asked them to get his grotto ready for him. The main aim when turning your shed into Santas grotto is to create a warm, inviting room, so some warm colours, hanging fabrics and perhaps even a small heater should help create just the right atmosphere for visiting Santa in his grotto! Some decorating ideas are :
- Use Christmas decorations like tinsel, baubles, and a chair for Santa.
- Some spray-on snow on the windows will make it look extra-festive.
- Hanging socks and bunting on the walls will give Santa somewhere to put presents.
- Santa?s obviously going to want to sit on a nice chair, so get the kids to come up with ideas about how to decorate it for him with tinsel and battery-powered fairy lights.
- Nativity scene decorations can fill space and a Christmas tree will finish the scene off perfectly.
- If it?s cold, think about moving a heater into the grotto to heat it up but be aware of cables and be extra careful with the children around any wires or the heater itself.
- Perhaps some white sheets would add a snowy back ground, and you could add some red and green trim around the doors and windows.
- Another option you have to help turn your shed into Santas grotto is to hang fairly lights inside to help create that warm, glowing atmosphere, as well as a little bit of greenery such as mistletoe.
And off course, you need a comfortable chair for Santa to sit on!
Once everything is decorated, the fairy lights are in place and the tree is furnished, it?s time for Santa to come. Get a friend or relative to dress up as Santa and have them comment on how good their decorations look, as well as giving them the gifts. Having Santa tell them how good their decorations are will really get them excited, and they?ll love the activity of decorating his grotto. Try it today!
Here are some pictures of the best shed Santa Grotto’s I have ever seen!
County Mall, Crawley