Tips for Decorating with Christmas Outdoor Ornaments

Simple outdoor Christmas decorating can make a big impression on the outside of your home during the holidays. These eight tips will help you add beauty and style to your Christmas outdoor ornaments.

Creating a pretty, cohesive outdoor decorating scheme can be slightly more difficult than decorating a tree and mantel or adding clever accents to bookshelves and tabletops. Luckily, our simple ideas can add charm and beauty to the outside of your house without a lot of time or money. Here are eight tips for decorating with Christmas outdoor ornaments.

Tip 1: Create Christmas Outdoor Ornaments with Ice and Snow

Snow may not be such a welcome sight when you have to shovel the front walk, but when it comes to creating pretty Christmas outdoor ornaments and decor, it can be a true asset. Insert a smaller container, filled with weights and a votive, inside a larger container filled with water. Add fake or real cranberries and twigs to the water in the larger container, set outside, and freeze. Or, place wide-mouth glass vases outside; add a layer of snow to the bottom and nestle a votive in the center. Surround the votive with fake or real cranberries for an instant luminaria.

Tip 2: Display Unusual Ornaments or Accents

Red and green are classic Christmas colors, but if your style is a bit more eclectic, embrace it when creating Christmas outdoor ornaments. Cheery orange Christmas ornaments (or even real oranges) provide welcome texture and contrast when layered as a base for front door topiaries. Bright bits of ribbon in teal or burgundy can give an evergreen wreath an unexpected pop of color. Even a metallic ornamental shell supplies sparkle and light as a front door wreath when complemented by a few bright holiday balls and a pretty ribbon.

Tip 3: Accent Store-Bought Items with Inexpensive Christmas Ornaments

Part of the fun of holiday decorating is taking store-bought items and giving them your own personal twist. Lights, ribbons, or miniature ornaments can transform a plain evergreen wreath into something magical, or you can use florist's wire to attach shiny holiday balls to a pinecone or grapevine wreath (choose a ornament color that complements your front door).

Tip 4: Dress Up Surfaces with Christmas Outdoor Ornaments

Outdoor tabletops are an easy way to add color and sparkle to decorating -- and creating these pretty vignettes takes little time or money. It can be as easy as gathering some found pinecones and ornaments in a bowl or covering a collection of shiny holiday balls with a cloche. Tuck a bit of greenery around the composition for texture. Other ideas: Cluster lights in a vase or add a patterned table runner to a tabletop that's protected from the elements.

Tip 5: Combine Evergreens and Christmas Outdoor Ornaments

Evergreens are a holiday decorating mainstay, and the availability of shapes, colors, and sizes of these trees provides virtually limitless decorating opportunities.Tuck evergreen branches in a same-hue container or one that gives a bright contrast to the branches. Add a few pinecones for texture, and tuck in tall twigs, faux birds, or a few small Christmas outdoor ornaments to complete the composition.

Tip 6: Display Similar Christmas Outdoor Ornaments

One way to make a big decorating impact is through repetition of color, shape, or size of one element. Snowflakes, for example, work well with a variety of house styles and colors. They can be cut of various sizes, used to accent windows, strung as garland, or integrated into evergreen decorating elements. 

Tip 7: Combine Garden Accents and Lights

Instead of tucking away all those wonderful garden accents, such as garden globes or grapevine balls, use them as Christmas outdoor ornaments. These accents provide just the pop of color or texture you need, particularly against an all-white winter backdrop. Wrap a few grapevine balls with white lights, or cluster various sizes of larger, lit holiday balls on an empty birdbath. A shallow planter can be home to battery-operated lights gathered under a garden cloche; hide the base with greenery or pinecones.

Tip 8: Repurpose Containers for Christmas Outdoor Ornaments

Containers are another season-to-season element that can easily be transformed with Christmas outdoor ornaments. The trick is to pick a color scheme and cluster several containers together for maximum impact. Try oversize orbs suspended in hanging baskets and accented with bits of evergreen boughs. Tiny holiday balls add pretty contrast to metal window boxes or containers filled with dwarf evergreens.

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