‘Tis the season to start celebrating the holidays! Nothing gets you in the mood for Thanksgiving and Christmas faster than holiday decorations. While many people stop after decorating the inside of their home, don’t forget outdoor decorations! Everyone loves driving past a cleverly decorated house during the holiday season. Think about you – you probably remember that one special house in the neighborhood that just stood out from all the rest. There’s no reason you can’t also have an outdoor décor to be proud of.As with any decorating project, it’s imperative that all areas are neat and clutter-free before you start. Begin by putting away any summer items, clearing out flower planters, and raking the yard. Now is also a good time to look to any home improvements you need to do, such as repairing a loose step, painting your house, or perhaps replacing an old roof or loose gutters. Trying to decorate damaged surfaces and structures can be dangerous, and can cause further damage.
Your front door is a great place to start when it comes to outdoor decorations. Thanksgiving is the first holiday of the season. Dried corn cobs, colorful fall leaves, and small gourds can make enchanting door wreaths or hangings. Encourage eyes to go up your walkway by lining the walkway with pots of seasonal mums. Make pumpkin topiaries to put on each side of your door, or place tall stalks of hay or hay bales on your porch. Arranging an assortment of gourds and pumpkins next to the hay ads to the appeal. A clever idea might be to etch your house number on the largest pumpkin in the arrangement.
Christmas decorating follows closely on the heels of Thanksgiving. Outdoor Christmas decorations can be subtle, classic, or fun. Ideas range from door wreaths, to Christmas lights lining the house, to Santa sitting on a chair on the porch. Make sure any furniture used in your decorating undergoes stain removal and odor removal. When decorating the outside of your home, look for items that can stand the harsh winter conditions. Lights should be the type suited for the outdoors – look for this label on the packing.
There are a number of unique outdoor Christmas decorations that you can incorporate into your theme.
- Use an old sled adorned with evergreen branches, colorful ornaments, a bow, and lights, and stand this up on your porch.
- Instead of hanging a wreath on your front door, try decorating an old pair of ice skates. Paint the skates, add glitter, and add colorful ribbon instead of laces.
- Place an old park bench on your porch and lay evergreen branches on it with large presents or ornaments on top.
- You can add soft light to your porch by taking a number of empty wine bottles, painting them holiday colors, and using large white drip candles that will drip wax down the bottles, creating a stunning display.