Outside Holiday Decorating Tips, Tricks and Ideas for Christmas

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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!

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! πŸ˜ŠπŸŽ„πŸ˜Šβ›„

Please have a happy, healthy and festive holiday!πŸŽ„β›„πŸ˜€

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  • Susan Brault Susan Brault on Dec 31, 2018

    Money is always tight around Christmas, so I love that these ideas are so $$ friendly!

  • Kathy alfke Kathy alfke on Dec 03, 2019

    love it! I went nuts in my classroom last year with " Confectionary Christmas"I made a lot of candies like your peppermints and even let kids blow up balloons and make them into gumballs with plastic wrap. My room was so pretty!