One of the best parts about the holiday season is decorating your house and yard. With all of the festivities in around neighborhoods and cities, it can be challenging to make your home stand out. If you want to wow your neighbors, family, and and friends this year, read on for Christmas outdoor decorations DIY ideas that will “sleigh” it this holiday season!
Top 5 Christmas Outdoor Decorations DIY Ideas
Unlike the rest of the country, Southern California, where we have a sunny, dry climate, snow is in short supply. One of our favorite Christmas outdoor decorations DIYs is to winterize your yard by adding snowflakes to your decor. You can purchase them and hang them from trees, windows, or your fence. Alternatively, making snowflakes can be a fun, creative way to incorporate your kids’ artistic skills into your decorating!
What are snowflakes without snowmen? Although there are no real snowmen in Southern California, there are plenty of ways to use them in your holiday decor. Inflatables are an easy, quick, and eco-friendly way to incorporate snowmen into your yard. Alternatively, you can cut out a cardboard snowman and decorate him with your clothes!
Candy canes are adorable decorations that can be turned into a red-and-white theme. You can line your front walkway or entryway with candy canes for a festive welcome to your home. You could hang them crossed on doors, windows, or even from your trees. Additionally, try incorporating red and white colors throughout your decor, such as a candy cane-themed wreath, ribbons, or bows. You could even get a giant candy cane inflatable!
Tinsel and Garland
Tinsel and garland are versatile decorations that are easy to add a DIY flair. For a classic look, you can wrap green garland around railings, fences, or lamp posts. If you want a more dramatic look, try colored or metallic tinsel! It comes in many different colors and can match the rest of your decor seamlessly. Plus, remember those candy canes we just mentioned? You can add them into your tinsel and garland as well!
Candles are the perfect, classic holiday decoration for any home. Placing a simple, matching candle in each front-facing window of your home is a traditional holiday decoration that dates back centuries. It provides a warm glow and ambiance inside and outside your home for the season.
Alternatively, water-proof outdoor LED lights are a great way to get that candle-like feel without the risk of fire.
What are some inexpensive materials I can use to make outdoor Christmas decorations, and where can I get them?
Some inexpensive materials you can use include cardboard, construction paper, PVC pipes, twine, ribbon, and mason jars. Many of these materials can be found at your local craft store, home improvement store, or even dollar store. Additionally, you may be able to repurpose items you already have at home, such as old Christmas ornaments or lights, to create unique outdoor decorations.
How do you decorate outside for Christmas on a budget?
Unfortunately, the holiday season is often overpriced. With all the other big expenses that come with the holidays, you don’t need to be spending thousands of dollars on pricy items. Instead, by focusing on Christmas outdoor decoration DIY projects, you can cut costs while still having a beautiful presentation. Using those same materials ideas from above, here are our top favorite cheap decor ideas!
- Snowman wreath: Cut a wreath form out of cardboard, wrap it with white tulle or ribbon, and use construction paper to create a snowman face and accessories.
- Mason jar luminaries: Fill mason jars with Epsom salt or fake snow, place a tea light candle inside, and tie a ribbon or twine around the top.
- PVC candy canes: Cut PVC pipes into different lengths, paint them in red and white stripes, and connect them using elbow joints to form a candy cane shape.
- Tomato cage trees: Flip a tomato cage upside down, wrap it with lights and garland, and add ornaments or a star on top.
- DIY Christmas tree luminaries: Cut out several tree-shaped templates from cardstock, trace them onto vellum paper and cut them out, fold the vellum in half, apply a thin line of glue along the edges, and glue each tree together to form a 3D shape. Place a battery-operated tea light inside and group them together for a festive display.
How can I make my Christmas outdoor decorations DIY last through the season?
To make your outdoor Christmas decorations last, consider using weather-resistant materials such as plastic or metal. For example, you can make a wreath form out of plastic or metal wire, and use weather-resistant decorations such as plastic ornaments or metal bells. Additionally, you can use a spray-on weatherproof paint or sealant to protect your decorations from rain, snow, and other harsh weather conditions. This will help to prevent the decorations from fading, peeling, or rusting. You can find weatherproof paint or sealant at your local home improvement or craft store. Another tip is to store your decorations in a cool, dry place when not in use, to prevent them from getting damaged. With these precautions, your outdoor Christmas decorations should last throughout the holiday season and beyond.
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