I absolutely love decorating for the holidays! This year I thought I'd share some holiday decorating ideas which I'm incorporating into my outside display for Christmas. I have some tips and tricks for decorating quickly, using items already on hand or found very inexpensively... hopefully it may inspire you! I live in an apartment on the second floor, and a fairly small yard, so it's always a challenge to decorate the outside... But that doesn't stop me! If you love the holidays and decorating as much as I do, you may find these ideas fun and useful!
Outside Holiday Decorating Tips, Tricks and Ideas for Christmas
For the first little tip, I'm going to make lighted greenery garland. These garlands can be soooo pricey, especially since I needed about 100 feet to line my deck and stairs. But... using lights I already had and purchasing regular greenery garland from the dollar store, I was able to make 100 feet for $6! Simply twist the garland around the light strand and secure every so often with a piece of floral wire. I used this to line my door, deck and stairs, adding some ornaments around the door.
And speaking of lights, next I'm going to repurpose tomato trellis's into lighted Christmas trees.
I used a regular trellis, about 4 feet in height, and a tomato cage, the kind you adjust into a square cage or as a long trellis, also about 4 feet in height. I simply attached string lights, using snips of floral wire, in the shape of a tree. On the larger trellis I did two trees.
And on the smaller one, I did one tree, using the greenery garland mentioned earlier.
Now, on to a few simple decorating ideas for the porch...
I thought it would be cute to 'holidayize' (is that even a word??😊) my favorite birdhouse. I attached battery operated string lights around the roof, sprayed some artificial snow on it, and added a couple little wreaths made with scrap greenery. The lights have a timer too, which saves battery life and having to go out in the cold to turn 'em on and off! Then I hung it on my porch...
Out of all the decorations, guests seem to love the birdhouse the most! It IS kinda cute! 😊
The next decoration (which is crazy simple!) I made are these peppermint candies...
All you need is paper plates, cello wrap and twist ties! I found the printed paper plates at my local supermarket, but I also saw them at Wal-Mart too. If you can't find the printed ones, simply use a red marker on plain white paper plates, in a design of a peppermint candy! I made eight of these to go on my railing and behind the peppermint stick display on my porch.
Speaking of peppermint sticks... I needed something for the bench on my porch, right next to the front door. I made a peppermint stick candy display using a hurricane vase, cardboard tubes from wrapping paper, white paint and red ribbon, along with some artificial snow and battery operated string lights.
This deco is pretty simple too! I sprayed the vase with artificial snow. Then, painted the cardboard tubes white and allowed them to dry. Added red ribbon to each, from bottom to top, creating a peppermint stick look. I wrapped the lights in artificial fluff snow and placed it into the vase, added the peppermint sticks and tied a bow to the front. Finally, I covered the bench with a white tablecloth, added the peppermint stick vase, and attached a couple of the candies we made earlier to the wall behind. Added a few accessories including a candy dish full of peppermint candies for guests!😊
And finally, it just wouldn't be the holiday season without popcorn garland! This definitely takes me back to my childhood!😊 It's super easy and super fun to thread popcorn using a needle and heavy duty thread. Then, give the whole thing a coat of acrylic spray. I didn't use this outside, as I didn't want any Christmas critters to munch on it, but I did use it on the porch and on our tree inside!
I hope you enjoyed some of these ideas and I hope it may inspire you in some way! 😊
And the finished display complete with a snowman family toasting marshmallows! 😊🎄😊⛄
Please have a happy, healthy and festive holiday!🎄⛄😀