If you haven’t decorated for the Holidays yet, there’s still time! Here are some great tips from our guest blogger Francesca Holmes.
Christmas is almost here and you’ve most probably decked up your home for the holidays. But if you’re still feeling that you haven’t done enough, could be you haven’t! Chances are, if you improve your home’s curb appeal with some Christmas-y elements, you’ll feel alright!
Now there’s no need to get into a mad frenzy and look for outdoor Christmas décor tips elsewhere. All you need is some inspiration to deck up your front yard and you’ll get that aplenty with these 4 décor ideas.
Upgrade Your Mailbox
No, you don’t need to get a new mailbox this holiday season; just clean it and deck it up with these tips:
- For a quick upgrade, just put a wreath on your mailbox, securing it with strings or ties. You can also consider draping a garland over the post loosely. Add string lights and Christmas ornaments to up the glam quotient.
- Create a swag of evergreen branches using wire to greet passersby and visitors. Embellish with pine cones, tinsel, and red ribbons. If it doesn’t snow where you stay, use a bit of fake snow!
- Arrange wide green and red ribbons and large bows on the top of the mailbox. Print or write a Christmas greeting or the lyrics of your favorite Christmas carol on a little placard and add it to the décor.
Light up the Walkway
Decorating the walkway with lights is sure to attract attention from neighbors and guests! Put these ideas into practice immediately:
- Outline the walkway with pathway lights. Be sure to use light stakes to hold string lights in place. Go for normal string lights or bulbs shaped to look like candy canes and other motifs.
- For fenced walkways, use pre-lit garlands or string lights. Allow them to drape between posts.
- If you have hedges lining your walkway, drape them in string lights of various colors. Alternatively, use net lights- these come netted in rectangles and can help cover hedges or bushes uniformly.
- Walkways lined with big trees can be enlivened by suspending lighted stars and snowflakes from the branches. You can also wrap the tree trunks with string lights!
- Make balls from chicken wire and wrap string lights around them. Use them to light up your walkway and make your home look welcoming,
Get a Window Treatment
Not in the form of valances and curtains though! Set up Christmas decorations on window sills so they can be seen by anyone who approaches your house. These tips will certainly help get visitors in the mood for celebrations:
- Hang plastic or cedar hangers above the windows so that the bottom of the hangers is above the window panes and not visible from the outside. Suspend shiny ornaments from the hangers using strings or twine. If you’re feeling crafty, make snowflakes from crafting paper and string them onto the hangers.
- Drape garlands or string lights around windows on the outside or frame windows from the inside using tinsel.
- Create a winter wonderland on a window ledge by gluing miniature evergreen trees, sleds, and reindeer. Add accents like real evergreen branches and pine cones.
Deck up the Porch
You certainly can’t leave your porch and front door empty! Here are some decoration ideas to help you get started:
- Put a wreath on it! A wreath makes decorating the porch or door easy and also looks amazing. Use a ready-made wreath or make one yourself using burlap, ribbons, Christmas ornaments, or whatever you fancy.
- If you have columns or pillars, wrap them with string lights and garlands. Do the same with the porch railing.
- Frame the door with a garland made of evergreens or pine cones for a festive look.
- Dress up the steps leading to your main door with candles. Take glass jars or bowls of varying shapes and fill them with fake snow, evergreens, pine cones, cranberries, and items of your choice. Arrange candles in the middle or use LED tea lights.
- Gather planters of different shapes, colors, and sizes and fill them halfway with packing paper. Fill to the top with evergreens, pinecones, and Christmas ornaments. Place planters on the steps or on either side of the door. You can use metal buckets too!
- Set up Christmas-y elements like a sled and a pair of skating boots on the porch. Dress them up with burlap, ribbons, bells, and ornaments.
- Get topiary pots and stack gift boxes on them. Make sure the boxes are empty and wrapped beautifully! Glue the boxes together so that they don’t topple over.
- Make a Christmas sign using some driftwood. Spray paint it in white or simply clean it before painting on your message. Remember- it doesn’t have to be perfect to look stunning!
The décor ideas given here are not only easy, but fun to do. At the same time, you’re sure to wow your neighbors and guests this Christmas with these tips!
So what are you waiting for? Get started on improving your home’s curb appeal for the holiday season!