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Make the outside of your home as ready for the holiday season as the inside with these outdoor Christmas decorating ideas. Our holiday decorating ideas, including beautiful Christmas greenery, festive light displays, and more, are sure to get your yard Christmas-ready.
Mallory's Styling Tip: For a picture-perfect finish, stack kraft paper wrapped gifts against the door.
Our most festive front door starts with a faux white reindeer surrounded by green leaves and branches. Anchor the wreath with a neutral ribbon and pops of bright green berries.
Prepare a merry welcome at the curb -- a pretty swag of pine tied on with wire adds a flourish to your mailbox. Embellish it with red accents and pretty pinecones. The first snow will only enhance the look.
Add seasonal greenery to your outdoor planters for a festive and bright entrance. Here, we used a mix of pinecones, berries, clementines, and evergreen sprigs.
Take inspiration from classic Christmas candy and fill a white planter with decorative candy canes for a unique outdoor holiday decorating idea. Store-bought plastic canes and weather-treated ribbon mean this front door decor can last throughout the season.
Keep your wallet full and your decorations merry with these pick-your-favorite cheap wreath crafts.
Dress up your entryway with a festive Christmas garland for a look that's both welcoming and of-the-season. To make this outdoor holiday decorating idea your own, customize a ready-made pinecone garland with ornaments that coordinate with your door color. Position the garland outside the door frame and secure at the top and sides with self-adhesive hooks or brick clips.
White twigs rise from a mound of potted juniper, making a small container stand tall. Snowy-white Mitsumata branches lend a striking profile and contrast with a festive red pot. Insert shimmery red ornaments and natural pinecones into the greenery for a colorful and textural impact. A faux-bird resting on a branch injects a bit of whimsy.
Editor's Tip: Make it your own. Choose redtwig dogwood, birch, or spray-painted twigs to create this display. Besides white, twigs painted silver or gold will shimmer in the winter light.
Hang a wreath that welcomes visitors with a snowy sport theme. Two white ice skates command attention from inside a foam wreath that's wrapped with sleeves of an old sweater. A decorative bow and snowflakes add pizzazz.
A supersize cone from a sugar pine brings star power to this container display. Set the pinecone upright amid a bed of moss and spruce sprigs dotted with small pinecones. Top the pinecone with a faux-cardinal for eye-catching impact. A potted evergreen in a complementary green, such as this compact 'Blue Star' juniper, creates a striking combination of natural elements.
This hanging holiday decoration couldn't be any easier. All you'll need is fresh greenery (we like spruce branches), striped ribbon, and bells. Hang it on the front door, the mailbox, or anywhere that needs a holiday touch.
Spheres of grapevines wrapped in Christmas lights become shimmering orbs on a coat of freshly fallen snow. Place these magical globes in birdbaths, urns, or on stairsteps to cast an ethereal glow on your outdoor landscape.
Editor's Tip: Use an outdoor-rated power cord: Check the tag on the cord to verify it's safe to use outside.
Once the birds have flown south, take advantage of your empty birdbath for this dazzling holiday decoration. Frozen sections of kumquat, cranberries, pepperberries, and polished stones provide a striking contrast to the bright white snow.
Hang a pretty snowflake ornament that's meant for the outdoors. A few paint sticks and paint provide the base -- see how!
Glowing frosted globes (available in large and small sizes from home-improvement stores) take the edge off a chilly winter twilight. Scatter the spheres around your yard to create an ethereal winter landscape, or group them in a birdbath or other outdoor winter container for maximum impact.
Editor's Tip: Plug the outdoor-rated power cord into a ground fault interrupter (GFI) outlet or a circuit with a GFI outlet on it.
When not cruising the snow-covered hills, an old sled embellished with pine sprigs, pinecones, and fruit does double duty as a welcoming Christmas decoration next to the front door. A bright red ribbon on top ties the look together.