Outdoor Christmas Decorations: 31 Best Ideas for Your House!
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As quoted by Richelle E. Goodrich, “Christmas is like candy; it slowly melts in your mouth sweetening every taste bud, making you wish it could last forever.” Like snowflakes, Christmas create a lasting memory in our minds. Hence, to create lasting memories, it is a must to give a special attention to Christmas decorations.
The year 2020 due to Covid -19 pandemic, the Christmas celebration would be diverse in a way people used to celebrate. As written in the Washington Post, “World leaders warn that the coronavirus might put holiday celebrations at risks.” With the increasing coronavirus cases again in December, this year 2020 might show us a different Christmas or as they say “Covid Christmas.” With outdoor gatherings minimized and social distancing to be strictly followed, celebrations might be totally different from rest of the previous years. The leaders across the globe are trying their best by conducting 15 days lockdown prior to Christmas Eve to bring down the virus in control. But, as the Belgium Prime minister Alexander De Croo said in Europe correspondent, “The last thing we want is a Christmas wave. If we are careless over Christmas, we will all suffer the consequences later.”
But it necessarily doesn’t mean that we can’t celebrate Christmas totally. All it requires is a little extra effort to keep our families and guest healthy and safe. Hosting parties outdoors is still possible but by following CDC (Centers for Disease and Prevention) guidelines. Like every year, inviting many guests for Christmas, this year we need to reduce the number of guests.
Decorating the house for Christmas is as fun as opening presents on Christmas morning. A grate way to celebrate the christmas festival os to bring alive the joyful spirit of Christmas in and around your home. So, light up your home & yard with all different kinds of outdoor Christmas decoration!
Outdoor Christmas Decoration Ideas
Christmas tree, Christmas wreath, garlands, ornaments, lights, stockings, and other holiday accents can transform any space into a festive wonderland. To bring alive the Christmas spirit in your house, this year you will have to give an extra effort to keep your homes and families safe. Decorate every area of your house with innovative approach for outdoor Christmas decorations…! Here we give some safe and unique ideas which will surely light up your outdoors and help you celebrate a safe Christmas this year:
01. Make Christmas Masks
One of the trendy Covid Christmas ideas is to make these cute Christmas masks. Print these different masks like those of snowman face, Christmas trees and so on. When you have finally prepared, you can use them to take pictures and add booth styles pictures, hence creating Covid Christmas memories.
02. Outdoor Christmas Dinner Seating Arrangement
In this situation, it is best and safe to host the gathering outdoors. Create seating arrangements such that there is enough distance between the two diners. It is also important keep in mind the location and duration of gathering. Minimize the gestures like shaking hands or giving hugs. Limit inviting the number of guests this year. It is better to follow CDC guidelines to conduct safe gathering for your outdoors. Stay organized with things like hand sanitizer, paper towels, disposable tableware and face masks.
03. Theme Your Entry/Garden for Your Outdoor Christmas Decoration
Start your Outdoor Christmas decorations with the entry. Convey a cozy welcome with a garden inspiring the decorating theme. For e.g. Rustic aluminum containers on the door, porch, & stairs which offer a casual Christmas festival appeal when filled with herbs and bright accents, such as red blooms and berries.
For a red-carpet look, you can create a runner with checkered fabric and green burlap that spans from the door to steps. You can have a royal welcome by hanging lanterns topped with a faux cardinal. This seasonal lighting solution helps to introduce your outdoor Christmas decorations – theme right at the front door!
04. Decorating Front Entryway of Your House for Christmas
The external entryways offer an excellent opportunity to get personal with holiday decor. The simple way to light up the season is a brilliant collection of paper luminaries along with the candelabras made from discarded wine bottles, a garland made from rope and lanterns and evergreens placed in galvanized metal buckets. You can line them along front walks, porches & driveways for a fiery outdoor Christmas decorations display.
Once the sun goes down, the entryway instantly illuminates the way as the glow created by the candlelit wine bottle candelabras and interior & exterior lights of the house.
05. Decorate Your Outdoor Bench for Christmas Celebration
If you have a bench outside your home, then what are you waiting for??? Spruce it up with surroundings like lightings on the trees, colourful cushions on the bench, gift and green bushes surrounding the bench. It will enhance your outdoor seating as well as give a cozy feeling to it. This time, make sure that not more than two people get seated on the bench to minimize contact.
06. Outdoor Christmas Celebration with Lit-up Reindeer
Even if after adding your Christmas light, your front wall is looking dull, light up your bare front walls of your home with these lit-up reindeer. It is a perfect addition to create an interesting element on your front walls.
07. Outdoor Furniture for Outdoor Christmas Decoration
Pull the elements from your home’s decor right into the centre of action by dressing up your outdoor furniture. You have throws available to let Christmas guests know you have their comfort in your mind! Add lanterns and Christmas lights to give a festive vibe to the outdoor space.
08. Outdoor Christmas Celebrations with Mini Evergreens/ Planters/ Hanging Baskets
Outlining a front door with a garland is an elegant & simple way of welcoming the Christmas festival or season.
09. Decorate the Outdoor Trees
Simple way for outdoor Christmas decorations is to lit upyour outdoor trees other than a Christmas tree with lights which gives you the elegant appearance at night!
If you have a fully decorated Christmas tree on an entrance porch for a classic display you can appreciate it from inside & outside both!
10. Reclaimed Wood Christmas Tree
Make a unique statement piece with reclaimed wood. It would result in a beautiful Christmas tree sculpture. All you need is some wood of different lengths, screws, Christmas lightings and some carpentry skills to fix the tree
11. Outdoor Christmas Decoration for Entryway Steps
For those of you that do not have a porch but have stairs that lead to your home or landing, you can decorate the entrance by placing a message up the steps for your guests and family to enjoy. These steps are decorated with a red or green potted plant placed on each step with Christmas ornaments and decorative features in red & white to bring out the blossoming of the plant foliage.
The message of JOY is displayed by placing one letter on each of the potted plants in white. The touch of cranberries and pinecones offer a joyful touch. The DIY ideas are totally safe because it can easily be carried out at your homes with the available items at home. Just make sure that you buy your decorations prior to the Christmas so that if bought online, you have enough time to sanitize and keep them aside for few days before using it.
12. Christmas Wreath Decoration on Front Door
Christmas wreath decorates the front door. The Christmas wreath has a Christmas Light which brightens up the front door while the doorframe contains Christmas ornaments, Christmas lights and ribbons wrapped throughout the frame. The shrubs and bushes are alongside the door with lanterns, reindeers with a snowy effect on them.
You can find Christmas wreath in any style like traditional flowers & evergreen plants, modern and contemporary twists with different materials & shapes.
13. Decorating Outdoor Arbour with Pine Cones
Another idea of using pine cones is by hanging long pine cones on the arbour. They typically measure a foot long, look festive from near and far. Welcoming your guests with a dramatic swag of flocked sugar pinecones & lichen-covered twigs accented with incense cedar and other holiday greens, some right from the yard, has its own charm.
For an extra layer of visual interest, consider hanging mistletoe or pinecones along the centre at the top of the arbour!
14. Light Things up with Christmas Lights!
An original idea is to decorate your hanging flower baskets by adding Christmas lights to the bottom of the basket and filling the inside with a holiday symbol, like silver metal stars. This idea can be used in many hanging flower baskets at your porch, deck, balcony, etc.
You can hang twinkling Christmas lights on a fountain or stone wall in the garden to create a striking winter focal point from your patio or porch. Even if it’s too cold to entertain the outside, you can enjoy the soft cozy glow through the windows too!
You can use jars filled up with Christmas lights and can also add a touch of green by installing forest green lamps in the exterior of your home or shed for outdoor Christmas decorations.
15. Christmas Lantern
You can arrange a group of festive lanterns at your entryway for a quick & easy holiday style. You can also use the flameless candles as a worry-free factor! Lanterns fill up your entryways with warm lights which creates a welcoming vibe for the guests coming at your homes during Christmas.
16. Joyful Sign for Christmas
It is a welcoming sign reading “Joy”, with the heaps of snow covering each part of it can make it more festive during Christmas! The letter JOY with decorated letters painted in white for J and O and Y made from a green Christmas wreath and bow tied to it.
17. Christmas Lyrics/Songs
You can simply show-off your favourite lyrics of Christmas song by displaying them on a board at your outdoor porch! It would give a Christmas vibe if the board is painted with red and white.
18. Front Porch – Christmas Arrow signs
The signs should be used with red and green colours with white lettering to list the key holiday destinations. You can also add ribbons & strings to the signs to bring attention and making fun to read for your children & neighbours.
19. Drape Your Mailbox with Evergreen Branches for Christmas
To turn this basic mailbox into a focal point, you can surround it with giant candy canes made from plywood & burlap as well as lollipops made from PVC, small bouncy balls, etc.
You can also add life to your mailbox by draping it with garland. An average mailbox gets a seasonal makeover with some evergreen branches, pine cones and a burlap bow.
20. Decorate Your Front Door with Falling Snowflakes
21. Festive Footwear for Front Door Christmas Decoration
Revive your childhood memories with ice skates. If you still have them, it would make a wonderful outdoor door décor for Christmas. All you need to do is tuck green srpigs with pines and red berries. Hang them with colourful laces on your front door and your DIY is ready.
22. Wine Bottle Candelabra for Outdoor Christmas Decoration
Use an old wine bottles to bring a soft glow to any outdoor area with candelabra made updated with matte black spray paint. To ensure visibility from the sidewalk or street, use white pillar candles.
23. Chalkboard Buck-Head as a Welcome Sign for Christmas
To make this, simply trace a reindeer shape on a piece of plywood, cut it out with a saw and apply two coats of chalkboard paint. Write messages to coordinate with each holiday.
24. Hang Christmas Ornaments
You can create a unified and sophisticated alternative to mismatched Christmas ornaments with glittering balls & stars in various finishes.
You can also cluster the small Christmas ornaments together for a big impact. These tiny jingle bells recall the larger ones on top of the tree and are so charming when they are used in abundance! You simply need to thread them together with string & hang.
There is no need to remake your decorations each Christmas; you can stick with the familiar. It’s ok if you use the same Christmas ornaments every year! Decorate with vintage glass Christmas ornaments and ornaments given to you by friends and family. The ornaments could be the same but the way of decorating them might vary every year.
25. Hot Cocoa Bar for Front Porch Christmas Decoration
26. Decorate Your Topiaries for Christmas
Decorate your topiaries by tying colourful ribbon and adding a bow around the lip of the planter. It wood look like a mini Christmas tree.
27. Vintage Bucket as Outdoor Christmas Decorations
You can add vintage bucket as a planters for staircase. You can even add a message of JOY on each of the vintage bucket. You can add more character to the vintage bucket by adding colourful cloth and Christmas lights on the vintage bucket by adding colourful cloth and Christmas lights on vintage bucket.
28. Wood Pallet Tree for Christmas Decoration
This DIY is really very easy and will enhance your outdoor in short time. Paint the wooden pallet like a Christmas tree. Now add pom-poms and add gift beside on the designed painted tree. Your DIY is ready to give you a soothing aesthetic vibe to your outdoors.
29. Table to Display Front Porch for Christmas
Decorate your front porch by simple things. Use able cloth to display candles and pine cones to give a warm gesture. Add a Christmas wreath on the front wall above the table to give a Christmas vibe to it.
30. Old Tires as Christmas Decorations
Another idea is to create an oversized Christmas ornaments on the old tires. Paint them and make beautiful Christmas trees and stars for the decoration. It will create a wonderful and safe decor at your home.
31. Cranberry Luminarias for Christmas Décor
Last but not the least, it is an inexpensive idea to execute. In a glass vase, simply add faux snow and add red cranberries. Finally add candle in toit. Arrange them towards your entryway. It will give an amazing welcoming vibe to the guests and children.
On a final note, festival need slots of preparations for decorations. So, this Christmas, tie up your shoes to make your outdoors an excellent place to celebrate Christmas. We hope our ideas will inspire you to create adorning decorations that you can enjoy with children and guests. This year 2020 might not be like the previous years due to the pandemic so be safe and enjoy your Christmas…If you like our blog, we are sure that you would also love to decorate your home for indoors as well. So, what are you waiting for? Read on to decorate your indoors for Christmas:
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