How to Make Outdoor Christmas Decor


Aside from gathering with friends and family over the holiday, Christmas is an exciting time to decorate the home inside and out. If you want to decorate but have a budget, there are plenty of outdoor Christmas decorations you can make with existing materials and a few additions, such as lights. Making your own Christmas décor brings the family together while crafting and ensures that everything in the yard is homemade and one-of-a-kind.

Things You'll Need

  • Christmas lights
  • Fruit (oranges, cranberries)
  • White stones
  • Pine sprigs
  • Pinecones
  • Baby's breath
  • 2 metal baskets
  • Christmas ornaments
  • Hurricane glass vases
  • Dark river rocks
  • Red holly berries
  • Large pillar candles
  • Wrap Christmas lights around objects in your yard, such as a bicycle. Wrapping lights around unusual objects creates a one-of-a-kind look for your yard.

  • If you live in a cold climate, use your birdbath as décor. Section off the birdbath with white stones and add sections of orange slices and cranberries. Fill the bath with water and allow it to freeze for a colorful decorating piece.

  • Fill existing window boxes or planters with sprigs of pine and pinecones or other natural branches found in your yard. Purchase baby's breath from the florist and tuck it in with the branch sprigs.

  • Fill two vintage or weathered metal baskets with greenery from around the yard such as pine and fill them with Christmas tree ornaments. Place each one on either side of the front door for a festive and colorful look.

  • Create an illuminated path to your door by purchasing four to six hurricane glass vases and fill them with dark river rocks purchased from a craft or hardware store. Sprinkle red holly berries into each vase and set a pillar candle on the rocks. Place the vases, two or three on each side of the path, up steps or a walkway for a classic look.

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