Want to make your outdoors shine this Christmas?
Here are some fun and easy outdoor Christmas decorating ideas to get you started.
One of the easiest ways to add some holly jolly cheer to your outdoors is to add some Christmas lights.
With the wide variety of Christmas lighting options available today, you are sure to find the ones which will work just right for you.
Outdoor LED Christmas Lights
You will find the newer, more efficient LED string lights in varying lengths enabling you to customize your decor. Coming in a variety of colors, you can choose a single color or mix and match them to create a very colorful, multi-color experience.
Many of these LED sting lights are also available with solar power making them even more efficient. Just be sure you place your power panel in a sunny place.
As a Interior Designer, the general rule is that a single color lighting scheme will provide you with a more elegant and formal look while the multi-color lighting option will feel more fun and casual.
I would note that you can also use your summer LED lights as well – making them do double duty for you.
Christmas Wreaths, Garlands and Swags
A super easy way to add some Christmas decor to your front entrance is to add a wreath to your door. Grab a wreath hanger, put it on your door, et voila – Christmas decor. It is kind of like a ‘one and done.’
Christmas wreaths can be purchase in genuine real pine boughs or in artificial pine versions.
The pros and cons of both may be obvious but, here goes anyway.
A real pine bough wreath will look beautiful, natural and even give off a pine scent. It may be more difficult to find the perfect one, it will lose some of its needles throughout the season. As well, you will have to buy one every year. However, if you prefer a natural look, there is really no choice.
An artificial Christmas wreath has many benefits. It will last you a lifetime. It can be fluffed up year after year to shape it appropriately. You can even add different decorations to it every year for a different look.
If you buy a good one, you won’t have to buy one again. It also assumes that you have the storage space for more Christmas decorations.
Ultimately, both a real wreath and an artificial one can be beautiful – and a super, super easy way to add some Christmas decor to your front door, or outdoor patio.
Remember that with all decorating – both indoors and out – be sure to choose the appropriate size for your space.
A Christmas swag made of pine boughs is similar to a wreath except for the shape.
It is a very easy way to decorate for Christmas and can be bought in either real natural pine boughs or in an artificial version.
Christmas decorative pine bough swags are most useful for hanging off of outdoor light fixtures, at the end of a staircase, or to frame a door for which you would need two.
Garlands are another wonderful and easy way to decorate for Christmas.
The only issue I would mention about garlands is that they do require something to latch onto, or run along without falling down. This just means that they may require more time and effort to ensure they are attached properly and stay in place.
The example of out Christmas swags here has them hanging off of the lights – both of which now frame the entryway beautifully.
If you have to err on one side or the other, it is best to go big – (or go home as they say). Yes, bigger is better when it comes to most Christmas decorations. Just be sure the decor item you have chosen will fit the space where you are either placing it or hanging it.
Inflatable Christmas Decor
Another super easy Christmas decor idea for your front or back yard is an inflatable character.
These easy, yet impactful decorations come in a variety of characters and themed items – from Christmas trees, Frosty the Snowman inflatables, penguins, Rudolph and other reindeer, and of course, Santa Clause himself.
All you need to do is put them in place, plug them in and turn them on. Instantly, you have a large Christmas decoration on your front or back yard.
As well, because they are made of a heavy duty poly fabric and are meant to fill with air, they fold away into virtually nothing making them have a requirement for very little storage space.
This Santa themed inflatable features:
- Inflation time: 1 minute (you can’t beat that for easy and quick)
- Includes 1 inflatable with blower motor and LED lights
- Decorative inflatable Santa and reindeer for indoor or outdoor use
All you need to install these fun and adorable inflatable Christmas decorations is some space on your lawn and a plug.
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If you have the space, why not add this large 8 foot inflatable Santa Clause to your outdoor Christmas decor. So easy to install and also provides a huge impact.
Christmas Themed Outdoor Front Doormat
One very simple addition you can make to your outdoor Christmas decor is a Christmas themed door mat.
They come in a variety of colors and themes. Choose the one which suits your style best and lay it out. It is as simple as that.
There are Christmas door mats which can also be monogrammed for that personalized touch.
Now that is Christmas decorating made easy! A personalized monogrammed door mat would also make a great gift for that someone who has everything.
Christmas Themed Outdoor Throw Cushion
Another very easy way to add some holiday cheer to your outdoors is to add some Christmas themed throw cushions to your outdoor patio seating.
Simply change up your standard outdoor accent pillows for a themed Santa cushion, a reindeer or even a winter themed patterned pillow.
This tip, just like for inside, is a super easy way to change your decor to suit the season.
Outdoor Fireplace, Fire Pit or Chiminea
For more Christmas holiday cheer outdoors, why not add a fire pit to your outdoor patio?
For most of us, the Christmas season is cooler than usual so an outdoor fireplace or fire pit will add both warmth and ambiance. Many people enjoy their fireplaces indoors during the Christmas season – for the very same reasons so why not do it outdoors for a change.
With many adding fire pits to their outdoor patios, the options in terms of style, size and gas type are almost endless.
You can opt for a wood burning fire pit or fireplace for a genuinely rustic feel.
Or you can choose a gas or propane burning fire pit for ease of use and no need to store and haul wood. With the flick of a switch, it can be turned on and off.
If you want a wood burning fire without taking up a lot of space, you can install a chiminea.
The name, chiminea, comes from chimney which means they are tall and narrow – much like a regular chimney. Therefore, they can provide you with the fire you desire but, leave more room on your patio for other furniture, accessories and guests.
Not only can an outdoor fire provide the perfect mood for a Christmas get together on your patio, any outdoor fireplace, fire pit or chiminea can be enjoyed well after the Christmas season has ended.
If you do decide to install a fireplace or fire pit to your backyard, be sure to follow some simple safety rules here.
Christmas Themed Statues
One of the easiest ways to add some holiday decor to your outdoors is to add a Christmas themed statue like Santa Clause, Rudolph, Frosty the Snowman, a Nutcracker, Reindeer or even Santa’s sleigh.
While these decorations are very easy to install, you do need to remember that because they do not fold down or collapse, they will require an appropriate amount of storage space throughout the non-Christmas time of year – unless, of course, you celebrate Christmas all year long.
Christmas themed statues come in, as we mentioned, all types of characters. They also come in a wide variety of materials and sizes – allowing you to choose your desired decor look.
If you want to decorate your front yard, it is best to choose something large so that it can be seen.
This LED Santa seems to be sleeping on the job – but, even Santa Clause needs a little break every once in a while.
For your front step or porch, you can opt for something a little smaller so that the scale is appropriate.
Just like indoors, the size of your decorations should match the size of your room or space. If you have 12 foot ceilings in your living room or grand room, you should not choose a 5 foot Christmas tree. It will be overwhelmed by the high ceilings and look awkward. Go for at least a 9 foot or taller tree for the right feel.
The same applies outdoors. If you have a very large yard and add a small statue, it will hardly be noticed. Be sure to scale your Christmas decoration to the size of your outdoor space.
Let’s Get Christmas Decorating – Outside
Whether you choose to go all out with large LED lighted Christmas statues, an outdoor fireplace or fire pit, a large inflatable themed decoration, or go smaller with simpler decor items such as Christmas themed door mats, outdoor pillows, lights or pine garlands, wreaths and swags – there are many options for your to choose from in order to get your outside home all decked out for this holiday Christmas season.
Happy Decorating – and more importantly, Happy Holidays to you and yours!
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