Earlier and earlier these days, the innocuous pandemic of Christmas cheer ravages the desolate streets of our cities and neighborhoods, bringing with it a seasonal bounty of gifts–some of it good, some of it bad, and the rest is Christmas music. With the lights plugged in, fruitcake tossed out, the yule tree jazzed up , and the ugly Christmas sweater put on, it’s time to brace yourself: Santa is coming. Yet, no matter how well you’ve prepared yourself for one of the most celebrated holidays in the world (up there with New Year and Eid al-Fitr), there are a things in your home that are probably missing the Christmas spirit. Of course, I’m referring to your home appliances.
Here are four fun Christmas decoration ideas for some of your appliances around the house. None of these decoration tips are difficult to make and all the materials can likely be found around your home or, at the very least, bought at your nearest dollar store. You can even bring in your kids (or borrow anybody’s kids) to make it a fun family activity.
Frosty the Water Dispenser
If there’s one thing a home will likely have, it’s going to be a water dispenser. You might have a simple type of water dispenser that’s compatible with two, three, or five gallon water bottles or a fancier water dispenser with a few more features like the NewAir WCD-200W Hot & Cold Water Dispenser, which includes a thermostat and can safely dispense hot or cold water. Either one will do because all we’re dealing with is decorating the exterior of the water dispenser to look like a snowman while keeping it functional.
- Pencil and/or markers
- Construction paper
- Scissors and/or box cutters
- Tape and/or glue
- Scarf and/or a hat
Step One: Make a Face
The easiest thing to do would be to tape on two black circles, but there’s something demonic about filling up your water bottle from a thing with pitch black eyes. So, we’ll make the eyes into two components: the white part and the colored part.
- Use a pencil to trace out the white portion of the eyes on white construction paper. Once satisfied, cut out your eyes (of the snowman, of course).
- Pick another color sheet of paper and trace out smaller circles or oval shapes before cutting them out.
- Tape or glue the colored portion to the white portion to complete each eye.
- Once the eyes are finished, wipe away any dirt or water from the bottle and tape the eyes to the bottle.
- Pick a color sheet of construction paper, roll it into a cone, and tape it together.
- Use scissors to cut the preferred nose size for your snowman.
- Tape the nose to the bottle below the eyes.
- Use scissors and construction paper to cut out a mouth of you.
- Tape the mouth to the bottle below the nose.
Step Two: Right to Bear Arms
Use cardboard to give your water dispenser snowman arms.
- Use a large cardboard box to trace out your arm design.
- Include an additional 2 inches to the shoulder to create an anchor flap. This anchor flap will be bent 90 degrees and taped to the side of the water dispenser.
- Use a box cutter or utility knife to cut out the shape you’ve traced on a durable, smooth surface. Scissors will also work, but may be more difficult to use compared to a box cuter.
- As a precaution, young children should be supervised by an adult if they’re going to be cutting anything with a sharp blade.
- Use tape to attach the anchor flap to the sides of the water dispenser.
- If the arms won’t stop flapping around, tape one end of a strip of paper behind the arm and tape the other end to the anchor flap flap or water cooler.
Step Three: Two Hour Nap
It’s exhausting having all this Christmas…fun.
Step Four: Adding Details
Dress up your snowman water dispenser with a fancy scarf, hat, or whatever else you can think of. If you’re adding actual clothing, be sure to take into consideration your water dispenser’s design and keep any venting or fan areas open and clear of obstructions.
If you want to add a top hat, but you don’t own a top hat, make one out of paper!
- Use black construction paper and tape to create a cylinder with the diameter of your choosing.
- Trace a circle with a larger diameter than your paper cylinder and cut it out. This will serve as the hat’s brim.
- Tape the cylinder in the center of the larger circle.
- Place the top hat on top of the water bottle.
Ice Maker Gift Box
If you’ve got a colorful kitchen counter top ice maker, here’s a simple trick to make it look festive. For our ice maker gift box, we’ll be using the NewAir AI-215-R Portable Ice Maker, which has a daily capacity of 50 pounds of ice.
- Gift wrapping ribbon
- Scissors and tape
Step One: Ribbon It the Right Way
- Measure strips of ribbon against the sides of your ice maker and cut them out.
- Tape the measured ribbon strands to each side of the ice maker in the center, but be mindful of covering up vents or any parts that shouldn’t be covered. Do not wrap the ribbon around the entire ice maker, unless you don’t plan on using it.
Step Two: Bow Ties are Cool
- Use a new strip of ribbon to tie a large gift bow.
- Tape this glorious bow to the top of the ice maker where the ribbons intersect.
Santa Beverage Cooler
This idea will work for any small dorm room fridge or front-glass door beverage cooler, like the NewAir AB-850 84-Can Beverage Cooler.
- White and red paper wrapping paper
- Construction paper
- Pencil and ruler
- Scissors, box cutter, and tape
- White foam board (optional)
- Cotton balls (optional)
Step One: Beard It Up
- Cut out a section of white wrapping paper that matches the height and width of the cooler door.
- Tape the four corners of this section of white paper to the corresponding corners on the cooler door.
- Use a ruler and pencil to lightly trace out an even border around the door.
- Since the AB-850 has a stainless steel trim around the door, there was no need to trace a border.
- Use a box cutter and carefully cut the top half of the border and let the top half dangle down.
- Raise the dangling top half up just above the ground and tape it to the door. This will be part of Santa’s beard.
Step Two: Eyes
- Use white construction paper and a pencil to trace two large circles. Cut them out.
- Choose any color construction paper and trace two smaller circles. Cut them out.
- Tape the smaller circles to the larger circles to complete your eyes.
- Tape the eyes to the cooler door, within the white beard border.
Step Three: Santa’s Hat
- Cut out a rectangular piece of white foam board that matches the width of the cooler door.
- If you don’t have foam board, just use paper.
- Cut out a small circle from white paper or fluff up some cotton balls.
- Cut out a triangular piece of red paper.
- Tape the red and white pieces of paper together to make Santa’s hat. Glue on the cotton to the tipped end to complete the hat.
- Once the hat is finished, tape the hat to the top of the cooler door.
Candy Cane Wine Cooler
If you have a narrow refrigerator that needs to be decorated for the holiday, the simplest way is to give it a candy cane stripped design. Here, we’ve got the freestanding NewAir AWR-1600DB Dual Zone Premier Gold Series Wine Cooler with a triple pane glass door, dual zone cooling, and interior gold LED lighting to play with.
- White wrapping paper
- Red cellophane or red wrapping paper
- Scissors, box cutter, and tape
Step One: Red Base
- Place tape in the two top corners, where the glass meets the stainless steel.
- Roughly measure the height of cooler door and cut out that amount of red cellophane wrap.
- Attach the top left corner of the red cellophane to the taped left corner. Stay even along the top edge and tape the red cellophane to the right corner.
- Tape the back of the red cellophane along the center sides and bottom corners.
- Use a box cutter and carefully slice off the excess cellophane, leaving only the glass portion covered.
Step Two: The White Stripes
- Measure and cut out even strips of white wrapping paper. If measuring is too much work, just eyeball it like a true professional (e.g. Me).
- Tape the white strips over the red cellophane, evenly spaced apart.
- Use a box cutter to carefully slice off the excess white paper.
The candy cane design should look great with the interior LED light glowing behind the red cellophane.
Bonus! Space Heater: The Radiator Awakens
We can’t be certain, but we’re pretty sure Lucasfilm based the new character Kylo Ren from Star Wars: The Force Awakens on the NewAir AH-450B Electric Oil-Filled Space Heater. So, it won’t take much to turn this radiator style heater to the Dark Side.
- Large black fabric or tarp
- Lightsaber prop (if available)
- Cardboard and markers
- Red cellophane or wrapping paper
- Black construction paper
- Scissors, box cutter, and tape
Step One: Sith Cloak
- Throw a black blanket or tarp over the AH-450B and create a hood over the front control panel.
- I used my college graduation gown, which has finally served a purpose.
Step Two: Kylo Ren’s Lightsaber
- Clip or tape the Kylo Ren model lightsaber to the black blanket or tarp.
- If you don’t have or want to spend money on a prop lightsaber, trace a sword shape (with hand guard) onto a piece of cardboard.
- Use a box cutter to cut out the sword design and wrap the blade and guard portions with red cellophane or wrapping paper.
- Cut out a piece of black construction paper and wrap it around the grip.
- Use a black marker to color in any exposed part of the hilt.
Important Safety Reminder!
Do not operate the NewAir AH-450B with any fabric or combustible material on or near the unit. The surface of the heater will get hot and you don’t want to end up like Luke Skywalker’s aunt and uncle this holiday season.
Christmas is a time for giving and a time for sharing. So, if you’ve got some photos of your own home appliance decorations or new ideas on how to decorate other appliances, feel free to share them with us.